2014-02-02 Jeffrey Daniel Rollin-Jones <jeff.rollin@...
> The Finnish and Germans are notorious for refusing to speak their
> respective native languages with foreigners; I have direct experience of
> the latter.
But is that something like "you won't be able to follow me in my
language, we'd better speak in English" or "you are not allowed to
speak our noble language"?
2014-02-02 David McCann <david@...
> On Sun, 2 Feb 2014 11:49:51 +0100
> Leonardo Castro <leolucas1980@...> wrote:
>> Do you know, in History, some examples of peoples that didn't like
>> other people to speak their languages?
> I've read that it's not good form to address a local in Papua-New
> Guinea in Tok Pisin, at least in towns. It would suggest that you
> thought they were the sort of person who couldn't speak English. That
> is not the same thing, though, as it's not likely to be their own
> language, since there are few native speakers.
> The Hindi example is interesting. To judge by the often
> incomprehensible English of some Indian posters at Linux Questions, I'd
> have thought that those people, at least, would be very relieved at not
> having to speak it.
BTW, I have noted that the expression "to do well" in very common in
Indian forums in English, in sentences like "economically, southern
states are doing well". Is that expression common for you too, other
native English speakers?