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January 22, 2013


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Weekly Rant 9: Mind Your Language

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 9:33 AM
Okay; my rants are becoming more and more often; but seriously; this is an issue I NEED to discuss :steaming:

Actually; I do, right now :lol:
However; as some of you know; English is most definitely not my native language.
Like; at all.
And funnily enough; most of my DA friends have the same "problem" :XD:

In fact; lately I've been meeting more and more examples of how not being a native English speaker is considered a problem by some strange persons here on deviantArt.

And thus I want to talk about it.

When I'm targeted about speaking a language other than English; it's not more annoying than a gnat, honestly.

But when AT MY PAGE my watchers are being targeted because they don't use English when talking TO ME....

Moreover; at most of the times I realize we talk in English with my Russian friends when we could have as well spoken our sweet native Russian.
Yet for some reasons we still stick to English - I don't know why; may be because it's fun? :lol:

But not all of our compatriots here know English to a CPE/120 pts TOEFL level and I absolutely HATE it when some brat comes up and demands them to speak English; because you see, that brat has troubles with understanding and others just OWE him explanations.

Thus; let's be honest.

Questions to the reader:

:bulletpink: English-speakers; does the use of other languages in comments; journals and authors' notes really offend you?

:bulletpink: Non-English-speakers, do you ever get harassed due to your use of your native language?

:bulletpink:  Any ideas how to tolerate this? :eager:

If seeing a comment in a language other than English offends you; please LEAVE IMMEDIATELY and preferably without making much of a fuss.
You're not welcome here if you can't tolerate the fact other people speak differently.
Or you may personally ask me to ban you.


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ChantellyHeart Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I only speak english but I would like to learn another language.

I honestly dont get why people get upset or create a fuss if two other people are speaking in a different language. Maybe its because I'm used to others speaking in their native language because where I work theres alot of people from over seas. And when I see that I'm like, "K, their having their own conversation. None of my bussiness. Keep working Chantelle."

Lol I'm okay with all that jazz as long as nobody bad mouthing me. XD
bunnykiller23 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ARG! I am embarrassed to be American some times. If you can't understand it, learn it or suck it up. I can't stand people who think others should bend over backwards to please them.
innocent-rebel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student General Artist
>_< The fact that people get mad at others for using a different language besides English is absolutely beyond me. Especially when it comes to people using it to talk to someone who speaks that same language ON THEIR OWN PAGE! Who do these people think they are to demand that someone only use a language they can understand? That's their problem, not the other persons. And I have two ideas for them (besides telling them to shut up because they're complaints sound stupid even in English) one is that they use google translate or some other program if they are that desperate to understand all comments. Another, although I admit this one may be a challenge for the small minded, IS TO READ A BOOK. If they get so mad about someone using a language they don't understand, why not just try to learn language? Why not try to educate themselves instead of putting a demand on others? Maybe if they tried to learn another language they'd also find a new respect for the people who can use more than one language, because it's not an easy task to learn another language. And I'd even venture that learning English is harder than most other languages because when you get down to it, it's got some incredibly strange rules even native speakers don't know or follow, strange spellings (lose and loose anyone?! O___O ) and just some downright odd stuff in it. If English is someone's second language, they deserve to be applauded and praised instead of insulted. *headdesk* Some people's lack of common sense and common courtesy makes me fear for humanity.
KatnissRueClove Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It never offends me because I love seeing different languages since it shows how universal everyone is, and how we can join together.
I can't believe how intolerant some people can be!
iLupinus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It never offends me, but what does is when non-English speakers change languages on me because they don't think I understand. This has happened more than once, and I've have been seriously cussed out in Portuguese before.

I actually kind of love seeing different languages as it just shows how universal everyone is and how we can come together.
VictoriaRay Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's is odd... I don't think I have ever heard of someone making a fuss over such a thing. I hope it gets better!
xbrightknee Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Generally if I'm that curious about a conversation in a language that I don't understand, I put it through a translator, it's so much easier than causing a shitstorm, and there's the little fact that maybe the person actually can't speak english. That's disgusting. I mean, it's a basic degree of respect, it's almost like walking up to someone in the street who isn't speaking your native tongue and saying SPEAK MY FUCKING LANGUAGE. It's not okay, and it's pretty much harassment.
Lola22 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
English is not my native language either, but I like English and I gladly use it. And I think everyone has the right to use their own language. I never got harassed for using my native language (Serbian), people who do that are bad and jealous in my opinion. A piece of advice to those who complain all the time: learn other languages, if not, simply use translators or dictionaries! ;) For example, I don`t speak Russian (I just know a few phrases and words), but that didn`t stop me from joining and following some Russian forums. :)
catelee2u Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a global community. I think people should be able to express themselves as they please. It's what Google translate is for.
CosmicMyth Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
1. It doesn't bother me whatsoever. This world isn't made of one language, why force everyone to use one language? I like the multiple languages, gives you something to learn I reckon.

2. Never been harassed, since I speak 'English' it's more like "Australian mother fucker! Do you understand it?!".

3. I'd probably tell the whiny kid to bugger off. Either that or just ignore them, and if they keep up with the harassment, block them from your page etc.
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