A young man in Nagoya today has aided the smooth flow of conversation by saying ‘naruhodo’ even though he did not ‘naruhodo’.
“I actually have no idea what that guy just said,” said 28-year-old foreigner Michael Adams.
“It just makes life a lot easier for both parties if I pretend to know when someone says something I don’t understand.”
Adams says he used to tell people when he couldn’t understand parts of the conversation, however this only led to one side of the conversation being spoken in half Japanese, half broken English.
“Now, I just nod my head and smile, and say, ‘heeeeeeee, naruhodo’,” says Adams.