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TT asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

I was wondering if speaking a different language to someone who only speaks English is a social norm violation?

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  • 2 months ago

    Oh come on. It could be rude, or it could be a really good idea; only the context would dictate whether you should do it or not.

    OBVIOUSLY this depends on the specific situation, which you haven't bothered to explain.

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  • 2 months ago

    The bottom line is that it's pointless.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I don't think so, also worth noting that just because someone only SPEAKS English

    (or another language) it doesn't imply they don't UNDERSTAND another language.

    As for me, I don't mind speaking English but with someone who I've always spoken 

    in another will continue doing so. And if a monolingual Anglophone is within earshot 

    so be it. Why change esp if they wouldn't involve themselves in the chat regardless?

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Well, not if you don't speak English yourself, and not if that someone is there to learn that other language through the "direct method"

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  • 2 months ago

    It is not, but some would say it is unacceptable.

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    What about speaking English to someone who can't understand it?? It works both ways!

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  • 2 months ago

    Kind of. What would be the point of speaking to them if they can't understand?

    • RE
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      How will you know they can't understand unless you try? Then gesture an apology if they obviously don't understand.

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