Yes, language evolves constantly. But don't feel so out of it. There are places I've been to in my very own country where I have had difficulty with accents. I use the subtitles when watching movies like "Trainspotting" because of the thick accents. So while native speakers may have an advantage, we are not infallible when faced with other variants.
And, please, burn gallons or quarts of midnight oil. Even burn it by the 55 gallon drum. Not by the hectoliter. Is that unit actually used anywhere?