keatonatron wrote:Mukade 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.
But you first have to know the NORMAL stuff they're saying
Thing is, if you're sitting around drinking with a couple friends, how much of what they say is 'normal?'
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.