F, my new nerdy officemate asked me again after many times asking me about the same thing in the past.
F: AM, sorry for disturbing you. I need to ask you. Do you think my English is OK?
Me: Your english is much better than your other friends. I have no problem to understand you as I told you before. What's bothering you?
F: When I speak with others I felt that I don't understand what they are talking about...
Me: Oooooo..... it is not the english!...it is the slang or dialect...I have the same problem when I came here for the first time and it took me several months to understand what are they talking about.. even if they talked among themselves I am puzzled & don even catch a word.
F: It that so?
Me: One day, one of the native colleague asked me which I understood differently...it goes like this:
Mr X: whok is your hobbie?
Me: My hobbie is swimming, travelling etc...etc...(with a log lists...and asked him back the same thing..)
Mr X was puzzled with my answer!!! and he was silence for a while not responding back to me..I can see his eyes and face looking at me like blank..
Then he said..." I don't mean hobbie as hobby...I meant the other one... your husband..."
Me: haaaaaaaaaa...... (puzzled and LOL..) and Mr X laughed his heart out..
After telling that story to F, he was just laughed and laughed non-stop..Then I told him " So from now on, I do not want to hear you complaining to me that your english is not good anymore..it is just the slang that you need to get used to it..ok"
The next day, F came to office and telling me that he was still laughing about my story last night!