Re: Help for a begginer
One thing that struck me when I was in Japan is that not only does it take a while to learn to understand any Japanese words, it takes a while to even start *hearing* them in a useful way--at first it's all a blur. Hang in there and it will get easier.
(My problem now is that when sushi chefs say "Onegashimaesu" I inevitably say it back--but they're not talking to me, they're talking to the waiter! I also find myself shifting my weight, in case I'm about to be attacked....)