JKhedrup wrote: However, in the west I prefer to dismiss the title Venerable, as I feel it indicates 'worthy of veneration' which I am not.
I think that's fine from the ordained person's point of view, but from a lay person's perspective using a term like Venerable conveys respect for the "position" not the person (although you may, of course, respect the person too).
I agree with Sonam that chanting in a specific language is related to transmission and not preferences.
Most of our dharma, at the moment, comes in cultural packages and from what I have observed attempts to create a western package have been largely unsuccessful - throwing at least some of the baby out with the bath water. As others have said, it's just a question of not being too attached to the cultural elements of the package.