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Appropriate response to someone mimicking my accent in a mocking way?

Should you be? It seems pretty obvious that, if you can avoid anger or offense, it's better for everyone. Typically, though, we don't get a choice about whether to be offended. Now, if you get ...
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Is it appropriate to adopt features of the dialect or accent of your ancestors?

There is nothing wrong with being interested in various local dialects & accents. It can be fun to learn them & use it for impersonation, etc, but I do not think most people take to it kindly ...
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Is it appropriate for a non-Japanese person to wear a yukata when going to fireworks?

As Imus has answered earlier, the (modern) expected dresscode for anyone is usually a yukata for summer festivals. This isn't always the case, especially for females, where yukatas can be considered ...
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Appropriate response to someone mimicking my accent in a mocking way?

I get a lot of this. I have different ways of dealing with it - depends who's talking: Colleagues - ha, ha, we can speak English instead if you like. Strangers - yupp, been here 30 years and still ...
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Alternative to "you look tired"

Congratulations on learning English. My sister in law is Korean so maybe I can help you. You can say things like that, BUT if your English is not good, it can sound stiff and awkward. In addition to ...
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Is it offensive for an American to use regionalisms when interacting internationally in business?

In India, as you noticed, we "prepone" things, do the "needful", ask "doubts", and ask what's your "good name". But we don't expect westerners to actually use Indianisms. While it's not offensive ...
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Is it appropriate for a non-Japanese person to wear a yukata when going to fireworks?

Starting from the culturally expected dresscode at these kind of events wearing a yukata is the most "normal" thing to do. Just like wearing a black (or really dark) suit to a funeral or a tuxedo to a ...
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Is it appropriate to adopt features of the dialect or accent of your ancestors?

Your case might be somewhat uncommon, but I think a more common case to be considered is when people specifically try to hide their original accent/dialect in order to 'fit in' more with the people ...
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Is it appropriate to adopt features of the dialect or accent of your ancestors?

Unless you develop an accent automatically, I don't think it's appropriate. People will assume you are just "having fun with accents" or something. I grew up in the Middle East mostly, ...
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Is it appropriate to adopt features of the dialect or accent of your ancestors?

Why do you need to do this? People who do have this accent will just think you are making fun of them. What's wrong with the accent you grew up with? It's perfectly fine and nothing to be ashamed of. ...
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Is it appropriate to adopt features of the dialect or accent of your ancestors?

I'm a little torn here... On the one hand you are free to speak however you damn well please. On the other hand, you will annoy a number of people by affecting an accent that you didn't come by the "...
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