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Basic Trope: The broken, mangled English of non-native speakers.

  • Straight: Bob's native language is non-English, and him speaking it (or attempting to) will ultimatly butcher the language.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's Engrish is so bad, both the Japanese and English-speaking people need subtitles for him.
  • Downplayed: Bob still mixes his "L"s and "R"s, but otherwise has good English.
  • Justified: Bob speaks another language, but wants to learn the language, with a range of results.
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  • Inverted: Bob speaks English, but is trying to speak in another language.
  • Subveted: Bob speaks Japanese, but also speaks English just as well.
  • Double Subverted: ...but hasn't spoken English in a while, and is rusty.
  • Parodied: Intentional Engrish for Funny
  • Zig-Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob speaks no English whatsoever, or simply refuses to learn.
  • Enforced: "Alright, class! Today is the first day of English. Bob, try to say something in English."
  • Lampshaded: "Man, your English sucks, Bob."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Defied: Bob refuses to speak English until he learns the proper grammar.
  • Discussed: Alice: "Hey, Bob's English isn't that good. Think we should help him?" Carol: "Nah, his Engrish is hillarious!"
  • Conversed: ???