In a meeting in Office

United Arab Emirates
September 15, 2010 2:40am CST
I have been getting in to a bad mood when there is a meeting and the people start talking in their own language and making others feel out of place,,,,, especially when your boss who is hosting the meeting also starts in the other language which you won`t understand...... I think they do this because they are feeling insecured about their position lol.... What do you do.... I generally make a point not to finish anything so that they realise next time... after doing that i have noticed everytime they discuss in their language they say sorry ! and repeat everything in english again hahahah!
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@Hatley (164672)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Sep 10
hi I really do not agree with the others, I think it is rude and in poor manners to talk in another language in front of you. I have always thought that p eople who do this are usually talking about me and thus are do ing it in a language I cannot understand. I will complain if they keep doing it a nd ask them to speak English. They will then talk about other people instead. I think it really is in poor taste.
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@GardenGerty (97947)
• United States
16 Sep 10
It looks like some agree with us and others do not. It is just as rude as if you were whispering in front of other people.
• India
15 Sep 10
Well that is true. Here in my organization also there are different kind of language speaking peoples and they form a group of their own and talk with each other. I don't like and i too feel bad when i come across them. They give importance to their language and not the person. As i am the team leader of my company, whenever i wanted to have a chat with them i use to form a Group Discussion and call them all and tell them to talk in English which will be understandable by all. In this way i too use to chat with them for a while. And you know what happen, after a lot of group discussion now they understand and they have a conversation with others in English.
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@thanks1961 (7049)
• India
15 Sep 10
Hi dear, Here in my office also we are a group of about 10 different language people working in this group. But I think about 95% people talks in English only and rarely their own languages come up. We have here Gujaratis, Maharashtrians, Telugus, Malayalis, Tamilians, Konkani, Kannada, Parsi, and North Indians also. However, some people may speak in Hindi, otherwise English is the common language. Even though there is no written mandate, people prefer to speak mostly only in English. Regards, Thank-s
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@GardenGerty (97947)
• United States
16 Sep 10
It is rude, as well as unproductive, to conduct business meetings in a language that not everyone understands. If they want to get things done, and do the work effectively, they should use a common language. That is just like we all post in English on MyLot, so that everyone understands, including the admins and no one feels that the others are keeping secrets or talking about them.
@thaMARKER (3094)
• Philippines
15 Sep 10
hahaha.. well im working in an american company but english is not my main language. i can feel that our bosses are trying to understand other employees if they talk in front of us 'cause their talking vernacular while business is going on. i know it's some kind of an insult to them.. but good thing they just smile and go on..
@Metatronik (5911)
• Pasay, Philippines
15 Sep 10
Well what is the point of having a meeting if that is the case? I mean isn't that meeting is an agenda that you are talking about important matters to do? As what I could think you are like eating in a restaurant with other people then conversing in other languages. I've actually never experienced that but of course I would feel awkward as well if I am on your shoes.