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The traditions of the local people should not cave in for the foreigners. For those who are commenting without reading the story first: The complaint was that the students were not speaking English in the Snoopy Believe Breast Cancer Shirt student lounge and study area. The complaint went on to say that not everyone on the floor could understand their conversations. Here is my take on all of this. If they were speaking among themselves in their native language, whose business is it and why does anyone think it’s okay to eavesdrop on private conversations, to begin with?
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These students are perfectly capable of speaking and understanding English or their home country would not be paying for an expensive education they cannot understand. That the academic involved didn’t stop to consider this is rather appalling. Good grief. Even way back when I was getting my Snoopy Believe Breast Cancer Shirt degree here in Germany, when I met a native English speaker, we spoke English. No one objected or chastised me for taking the opportunity to use my native tongue. They were on their private time, not in class, speaking with other Chinese nationals.
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This was pure prejudice. I’m bilingual and can speak both of my languages with ease, switching back and forth between the two. I have always done this- in school, at university, even at work. So should I be asked to speak English only too? I find it silly to speak English when I know the person I’m talking to can speak my Mother’s tongue, so I refuse to speak English with such people. Call me insensitive, but don’t ask me to speak English because I can speak it just like any other native speaker.
They will communicate in their language even if they spoke English, clearly, the professor needs a good smack. They just spoke Chinese to each other as it’s their familiar native tongue, and you can conclude that these students don’t practice English? That’s a pretty Snoopy Believe Breast Cancer Shirt long leap of logic there. This is unfortunate. I always encourage my ESL friends to practice their English whenever possible.