“Dude” as a linguistic tool
Yesterday, while sipping coffee at a fine cafe in Kyoto, my friends and I exchanged a bit of English slang for tutoring in Japanese.
We discussed the versitality of the word “dude.” Not only can it be used in such phrases as ” Knarly dude!” or “Dude that was totally heinous,” but it can also be used alone. The change in intonation and inflection determine its meaning. We informed our Japanese friend that if he learns this word and all its connotations combined with the correct tone of voice, he would be able to communicate effectively in the United States.
After only fifteen minutes of instruction he is well on his way to understanding.