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Posted 11/17/16
It's a little rude especially if you're left out of the conversation the entire time.
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Posted 11/17/16
what no
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Posted 11/17/16

nniikaa wrote:

what no


A bit off-topic but does anyone ever come up to you and say "What up, my nniikaa"?
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octorockandroll wrote:


nniikaa wrote:

what no


A bit off-topic but does anyone ever come up to you and say "What up, my nniikaa"?


Actually no, you'd be the first one!
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Posted 11/17/16

nniikaa wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:


nniikaa wrote:

what no


A bit off-topic but does anyone ever come up to you and say "What up, my nniikaa"?


Actually no, you'd be the first one!


Dang, this needs to be a thing then.
Posted 11/17/16
I do and is fun seeing their confuse faces.

Not really unless you ask them to tell you what they were saying but they refuse to tell you.

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I think it is.
I'm part Honduran, and unfortunately don't speak Spanish and when I would head to a relative's house from that side of the family, they would speak in English to me and then crack jokes in Spanish to someone nearby. It would be uncomfortable in some cases, especially knowing that they could have easily said it in English for me to understand as well. Of course I should've taken the time to learn Spanish, but I also feel I would feel awkward speaking in Japanese to a friend in front of a peer who didn't understand it. It just sometimes looks like a way to exclude someone from a convo.
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Definitely not rude. What if 1 person can't speak/listen the language everyone is speaking in the conversation? The only time its rude is if people do it to speak badly behind someone's back. Other than that sole reason speaking in another language while everyone else is speaking the same language in a conversation is not rude nor should it be considered rude.
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Not unless you're deliberately trying to exclude someone from the conversation.
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Posted 11/17/16 , edited 11/17/16
Within the context you described - the online game part not necessarily - yes it is rude.

I wouldn't recommend raising the issue though as that would be rather patronising. (I said not neccesarily about the online gaming part - because if you are bilingual, sometimes when you need to communicate something urgently if one language can express your ideas or instructions succinctly and speedily, you would sort of just automatically go there).
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If you were conversing normally before and they switch over yeah it's a little rude.

If it's in person I usually just leave. It's a lot less awkward than sitting around listening to people talk in a language I don't understand and it sends a pretty clear message that I'm not amused...

Then again I'm a notorious sarcastic a**hole so take any advice from me with a grain of salt.

(Edit) for those saying that it's fine to switch since one language might be easier to use in that instance if not everyone in the conversation speaks that language (say Navajo where I'm from) then doesn't that just make it more difficult?
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Posted 11/17/16
If it's a conversation in which you are included in actively yes, it is. However, if they are just in your presence not at all.
Posted 11/17/16
Yeah, my mexican friends do it all the time. It's a bit annoying.
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Posted 11/17/16

ClothStatue wrote:

If it's a conversation in which you are included in actively yes, it is. However, if they are just in your presence not at all.


Agreed.
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Posted 11/17/16
depends on the time of night and the tavern in question
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