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Old 06-22-2017, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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There's no reason to assume that I am limited to two languages, is there?
Are you limited to one or two languages?
Take a wild guess.
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:56 PM
 
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Take a wild guess.
I think you are probably limited to one language.
Am I right?
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Old 06-22-2017, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I think you are probably limited to one language.
Am I right?
Uhhh.

Je parle français.

Yo hablo espanol tambien.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:07 PM
 
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Uhhh.

Je parle français.

Yo hablo espanol tambien.
I have google translate and Babelfish too.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I have google translate and Babelfish too.
I live in Quebec and I am French Canadian and I am writing on City Data, and you seriously think I only speak one language?

And some knowledge of Spanish isn't actually that rare among francophones in Quebec BTW.
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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There's no reason to assume that I am limited to two languages, is there?
Are you limited to one or two languages?
Even if you do speak three, four, five, six or 10 languages, you still don't cover all of the languages people could potentially be speaking in a random elevator they are sharing with you.

So the best approach is still to not be paranoid about strangers who are using a foreign tongue saying nasty things about you.

Tip: They most likely aren't - as you are not likely that interesting to them.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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My mom does that ... speaking English and all of a sudden she switches to Friesen. I don't say anything ... just roll with it and hope I can catch everything she's saying. It's completely unintentional ... she's really old, so it's forgivable.
Yes ..but I dont actually understand the language he is speaking lol so I dont even know what I woukd be nodding along too.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I hate when people do that is it super rude.
I can understand if they dont know how to say a certain thing in the common language everyone there know, but they should try to explain what they are saying in the common language even if they need to flop back to another language for a breif time.

I know people that are really good about that ex they will explain what was said.
My husband is one of those people that does that ex starts speaking in his native language at any given opportunity. I always call him out on that. It annoys the heck out of me. His excuse it that he can express himself better in many circumstances when speaking his native language. Also funny to note sometimes I think he forgets which language he is suppose to be speaking as sometimes he flips back and forth in the same conversation between both languages especially when tired.
I know you guys consider this rude, but in my experience this is primarily an Anglo North American "problem" or "issue".

In most of the rest of the world (with the possible exception of Australia), people are more used to and zen about people speaking other languages around them. If what they are saying is meant for you or relevant to you, don't worry - they'll say it in a language you can understand. Simple as that.

That said, yes it is rude to have an entire conversation (say, at a dinner table) in a language that a guest doesn't understand. Especially if everyone around the table speaks that person's language. But with multi-lingual gatherings, it's not uncommon for bits of the conversation (especially side chatter) to be in various languages, even if not everyone can understand.

The solution to this, if you don't like it, is to learn.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I know you guys consider this rude, but in my experience this is primarily an Anglo North American "problem" or "issue".

In most of the rest of the world (with the possible exception of Australia), people are more used to and zen about people speaking other languages around them. If what they are saying is meant for you or relevant to you, don't worry - they'll say it in a language you can understand. Simple as that.

That said, yes it is rude to have an entire conversation (say, at a dinner table) in a language that a guest doesn't understand. Especially if everyone around the table speaks that person's language. But with multi-lingual gatherings, it's not uncommon for bits of the conversation (especially side chatter) to be in various languages, even if not everyone can understand.

The solution to this, if you don't like it, is to learn.
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