I was listening to "Alejandro" by Lady Gaga today when I realized that I didn't understand any of it at all. At first I thought it was all in Spanish, but then I realized that there actually were English words hidden in between the repetitive baseline and Madame Insane saying the title of the song over and over again. Of course if I actually knew how to speak Spanish I would be able to tell whether people are talking about a person or a pepper. But it got me thinking, what have all the other languages that I have learned taught me?
French is sexy. Trés, trés, sexy. I can pretty much make any girl's clothes disappear and have her all over my baguette. Which is the correct word- there is no such thing as "French Bread" in France. Bread goes a lot of meals in France, including breakfast, which isn't limited to just "Omlete du Fromage." If you had a proper childhood you know what I'm talking about (Dexter's Lab).
Don't try to spout Rammstein lyrics in public unless you want to get funny looks/slapped/arrested. If, while being carried off by the police after getting arrested, you happen to call them 'nazis' they will not take it well. Most of them still have a stigma about it. If you are getting talked to in German, don't assume they are mad, unless they are spitting vigorously. Guttural yelling generated a lot of saliva.
Also, Schnitzel is neither a slang word for a male body part or even a sausage. It's more of a pork steak. Wienerschnitzel, on the other hand, is.
Japanese people don't just talk about Godzilla, how their teenage kids are off saving the world, or how they should combine violating someone while greeting them. Japanese writing isn't just moon runes either, and is actually intelligible to many people. It's actually a lot easier than it seems, much like colorful haired girls to guys with equally colorful and huge hair.
Japanese is like one big metaphor. No, not like a metaphore for tentacle rape, but for other words. Like the word for 'today' is written with the characters for 'now' and 'day'. If you memorize just the meanings of Kanji, you can figure out what might be written, even if you can't pronounce it.