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Post Reply Is it rude for people to have a conversation in another language?
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Posted 11/17/16 , edited 11/17/16
I never thought anything of it but there are instances where you're in public or even playing a video game online and everyone is speaking english and then all of a sudden 2 people speak another language that you don't understand and you're just left there not understanding whats going on.

I'm not talking about 2 people that can't speak english!!

i'm talking about you were all JUST speaking english and those two people decided that you are no longer apart of this conversation, or that they are saying something they don't want you to hear?

What are your thoughts?
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Posted 11/17/16 , edited 11/17/16
Well sure, if you're a part of the conversation and they start speaking a language you don't then yes. If it's 2 people in a conversation you are not a part of then it's really none of your business.
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I don't think so
Sometimes I have to say something to a friend so I decide to talk to them in Spanish since it'll stand out from English plus if it's something personal I don't want everybody else to know what I'm saying
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Posted 11/17/16

octorockandroll wrote:

Well sure, if you're a part of the conversation and they start speaking a language you don't then yes. If it's 2 people in a conversation you are not a part of then it's really none of your business.


yeah the two times this has happened recently we were all talking and then all of a sudden i didn't understand anything. I feel like it's pretty similar to them whispering in each others ears, except you can hear it.
Posted 11/17/16 , edited 11/17/16
As a bilingual Hispanic person I've seen that happen a lot, I honestly don't think they're trying to exclude you or it being similar to whispering. Usually they do it because they enjoy talking in that language, they don't have the intention of not including, though they do it indirectly. Usually when that happens I go to the person that can't understand and translate for em. Then when they see me translating, they stop.
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As someone who works at a place where people like this come in EVERY DAY. No. It's not rude. Unless they are of course. talking about you behind your back. Its their language. and they've the right to speak it in this country. People only dislike it because to them its gibberish, which is understandable. But that doesn't remove their right to speak it. It would be just as rude to say.

"HEY SPEAK IN ENGLISH I CANT UNDERSTAND YOU:" When they aren't even talking to you in the first place.
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Posted 11/17/16
No I don't think so unless they are talking shit about you knowing you won't understand.
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Posted 11/17/16
Depends on where it is. If it's at the workplace and you don't speak the language, then yes, it's rude.
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If everyone else can understand but you there's no need for them to accommodate for you.
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Posted 11/17/16
In general, not really.

Though it's extremely rude to talk about someone right in front of them in a language they can't understand.
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I think it's pretty rude. You could at least let the person know that they're going to be temporarily excluded form the conversation instead of completely disregarding the fact that they're standing right there and that they were just in the same conversation as you less than a minute ago
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Posted 11/17/16
In that case then yes. You're in a chat and talking with everyone else. Don't go using another language to isolate everyone else.

Sometimes in chats people even do it JUST to be obnoxious. Like they know people are frustrated by it and that's why they are doing it.
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Sounds like they just talk like I do.

In a conversation with friends, if I have one German speaking friend, I will talk in both English and German. Not on purpose, just happens.
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Posted 11/17/16

HateKillingCamels wrote:

If everyone else can understand but you there's no need for them to accommodate for you.


So if me and friend B both spoke English and Spanish but friend c didn't me and friend B can just speak Spanish right in-front of friend C and it's her fault for not understanding? even though we all can understand english...... and we were just speaking english..
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Posted 11/17/16
Have you told them this bugs you?
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