In the past, my stance when receiving a compliment was “if that’s how you feel, then that’s how you feel”. So unless someone claimed something counter to fact, many times I would say “thank you” and quickly bow out somewhere or change the subject. I hate being the center of attention, so people complimenting me (especially in front of a group of people) always made me feel a little bit uncomfortable. It still does.
Being very opinionated, I usually have something to say when being faced with something unreasonable or not factual. Essentially living in an area where people don’t speak English makes asserting yourself more difficult. That, combined with people not showing me how the really feel, has made me more hesitant to be more openly opinionated. As my speaking skill improved, I’ve become more persuasive using Japanese over the years, but I’m more likely to let things go because it makes getting along with coworkers easier.
Because I can often go through a day without speaking English, I have to double and triple check my emails and posts because I tend to do this without thinking. It’s really embarrassing sometimes because some of the mistakes I commit makes me seem like English isn’t my first language. haha.