languist wrote:This may seem formulaic - because it is! But not because I’ve created a system for approaching “foreigners”, but rather it’s part of the network of interactions you ‘master’ in customer service. But anyway, like I said, I think the best way to approach a person is to be open, warm, and complimentary, and I’m Irish, we talk to everyone. So I’ve made friends on the bus too like this haha.
So don't be a weaboo of the general type, in other words don't go after people just 'cause they're foreign. I don't think I do that, but I am hyper-sensitive to other languages being spoke around me. I don't ever ask anyone what language they're speaking or where their accent is from, but I do get curious. "Is this Indian person a Gujarati speaker? I should probably learn more about what accent matches what language in English." Then it's over. But I don't particularly go looking for "foreign" people. However, as a somewhat past weaboo, I get concerned with how I value people and cultures.
Thanks for the tips!
And thanks to everyone else who contributed.
So I guess I'll try to find some free and legal audio books to shadow over the next few months in a bit of relation to what David said. I hate my pronunciation. I know what it's supposed to sound like in my head and if I really get going with intentional speaking, I can pronounce things decently, but still not well. My vowels are terrible, especially. Forget the 'v/b' sound, it doesn't exist in my own idiolect. I can hear my 'e' sound tending toward the diphthong 'ei.' It's some kind of bastardized middling version that I consciously catch myself trying to correct. But it's ugly. When I listen to the heritage speakers on the bus, it's so pure. I can't get any of my words to sound like that, and it's mostly vowels and prosody. At least, in my view.
Oh well, here we go.