I teach English for a living, but the truth is that I can't put together a proper sentence after work. The curse of living in a non-native country!
It's funny how I've completely adapted to Janglish- the English spoken here would probably not be very intelligible to people who don't live here.
Here are some examples:
"I want to English skill up." (I want to improve my English skills.) "I am so-so." (I am fine.) "Case by case." (It depends.) "Many people is there." (There are many people.) "I had relaxed time." (I had a relaxing time.) "Let's enjoy!" (Let's hang out!)
and I just received this on my keitai (mobile phone)-
"Last night was wonderful specially spend a time with you." (It was wonderful to have spent time with you last night.) and "You souled to go immediately." (You should check the place out soon.)
I now pepper my sentences with Japanese words like nani (what), doko (where), honto (really), sugoii (wow), chotto yabai (a little drunk), kawaii-so (poor thing), doozo (please)and onegaishimasu (please).
And then there are the cultural implications. I go hai (yes) at everything and say otsukare (loosely translated as "you must be tired") when I leave my school. I wait for everyone's drinks to arrive before we gan-bai, I say itadaikimasu (loosely translated as "I gladly receive") before I eat. I bow when I meet someone for the first time, when I come through the door, or when I receive my change at the combini (convenience store).