I’m sure other people have experienced this too.
There is a HUGE difference between one-on-one conversation and hanging out in a group. Ryosuke is the same way when it comes to English. When it’s one-on-one, neither of us really has problems communicating in the other’s language (I mean, of course his English is way better than my Japanese, but I’m getting there). When it’s in a group, though… it’s a lot harder.
I can be having a great conversation with a friend – and then we will run into one of her Japanese friends. Suddenly, they are firing jokes back and forth. I can follow it for about five minutes… but then my mind just kind of gives up. And I start wondering (for example) whether or not penguins can fly.
Can they fly?
Google says they can “fly underwater.” So… kind of?