Anyway, Inaba asked in Japanese while we (1) were in the lift whether I had studied Japanese before. I said I had not...because I had not. Then (for whatever reason) she said my Japanese was good (referring to spoken 日本, since she had not seen our tests yet).
Inaba then asked student O the same thing, to which O replied "I haven't before but i've watch j-dramas, listen to j-pop (i think) and also enrolled in a jap school recently". I also noted that Inaba never said O's Japanese was good, for whatever reason (again, referring to spoken japanese).
At this point I realized that I could have said 'I watch a whole lot of anime' as a better response, since it would seem odd that I could speak well without ever hearing a word of Japanese. If she complimented me first, then asked if I had studied Japanese I would probably have said I watched anime.
While I was thinking about this, Inaba and O were having a good conversation about a certain j-pop singer (2), so I couldn't butt in and say what was slightly annoying to me.
I even thought about it later, to the point where I was deciding whether I should email her to tell her, then realized it would be stupid as most likely she wouldn't even remember about the fact in the first place.
I also ran the situation in my mind that I had actually said "I haven't , but I watched a lot of anime" and realized that I may have spoken with her about anime and not allowed O to speak about j-pop with the teacher.
Finally I settled on the fact that, if she was really thinking how weird it was that I could speak Japanese OK (3), then she would have asked specifically if i had gone to japan/listen to japanese music/watch Japanese media.
Anyway, the point of this banter is to have insight about the types of thoughts I have, and what i 'worry' about. And this is what I thought about today. さよなら！
1)(me and another student, 'O')
2)(again, i thought it was j-pop, i was too busy worrying about what had just occured)
3)(i'm pretty sure it's one of those social compliments, not a real one)