Thing is, if you're sitting around drinking with a couple friends, how much of what they say is 'normal?'keatonatron wrote:But you first have to know the NORMAL stuff they're sayingMukade wrote:
You wouldn't grasp much of what your drinking buddies are saying to you. Even words like おかま are thrown around on television all the time.
I remember when I did my study abroad here back in '97 - I came here with a pretty decent understanding of standard Japanese. But when I hung out at my favorite bar with my friends, I couldn't grasp a word of what was being said.
Even as my Japanese progressed over the year, I still couldn't decipher what they were saying.
In the end, I really think it was because so much of what they were saying wasn't normal, standard Japanese, per se, but very dialectical, slang-filled speech.
Again, I'm not suggesting that anyone should start learning Japanese with slang, nor should they spend time memorizing a bunch of slang. But being exposed to it - at any level - certainly doesn't hurt.