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to think this is really rude?

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badmummy101 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:17:45

a few friends are currently organising things via a group email. 1 person on the email has decided they will reply to one of the organisers, ( there are 3) in a different language. the email was written from the 3, in 1 language, which all the recipients speak and read and is the native language of every one on the email except 1 of the organisers.
is the person who is replying in another language being rude or am i just being a cow?
( i have no idea what the person is saying as i dont speak the other language, only the 1 organiser and the 1 other recipient speak said language)

CamperFan Wed 19-Oct-11 11:20:26

I think i understood ... If the email wasn't originally written in their first language then perhaps the recipient just automatically replied in their first language without really thinking. Just tell them you don't understand!

AKMD Wed 19-Oct-11 11:20:30

I'm confused but YANBU I think. It isn't Welsh is it? Coz then you will get a flaming grin

worraliberty Wed 19-Oct-11 11:20:51

Maybe they didn't realise one of them can't speak it?

Anyway, all they have to do is remind them I would have thought.

badmummy101 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:24:06

it was originally written in english, which is the person who keeps replying in another languages native language. ( ie, the person is english but is writing in another language.)
it has been pointed out to her, but she has bloody done it again.

badmummy101 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:26:32

ive just realised ive confused you!
email written in english.
everyone on email speaks, reads and writes english. the only person who does not have english as their native language is one of the people who wrote the 1st email.
we all reply.
1 person replying keeps doing so in another language.
only this 1 person and the person who originally wrote the email speak, read, or write in this language.
person who originally worte it replys in english.
2 of the others, me being one, comment that we dont speak said language and can they translate.
person keeps doing it!

scurryfunge Wed 19-Oct-11 11:27:33

I expect she is showing off and attention seeking.

ragged Wed 19-Oct-11 11:28:43

I dunno about rude, do you need to read the foreign speaker's posts, are they just copying their reply to everyone without realising it?

Copy& paste the foreign language parts into Babelfish & send back a message with Babelfish output (generally garbled) and say "Is this what you meant?"? wink

ragged Wed 19-Oct-11 11:30:06

Better yet, just post a round robin message in other language of your choice at random... feign innocence & ignorance when asked why you did it and what you meant to say.

(Gawd, I'm feeling mischievous today)

FunnyHaHaPeculiar Wed 19-Oct-11 11:30:45

just use google translate instead of getting all aeriated (likes that word)

purplewerepidj Wed 19-Oct-11 11:31:30

Ok, I'm going to make a few assumptions here so I can make sure I've understood...

Organisers A and B speak only English. Organiser C speaks English and Urdu. Original email is sent in English as it's the common language of a multinational group. Invitee replies-all to English email in Urdu, as that's their native language.

I'm going to say that it's rude to reply to a group email in a language not everyone understands. If the invitee was struggling to understand the information in English, they should have privately contacted the organiser who speaks Urdu.

But I'm still confused

badmummy101 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:31:57

ragged, they cant be doing it without noticing, once i could have totally inderstood, but when it was pointed out they have carried on doing it.

purplewerepidj Wed 19-Oct-11 11:32:35

Ok, cross post.

She's being a twat <gavel>

plupervert Wed 19-Oct-11 11:32:50

"2 of the others, me being one, comment that we dont speak said language and can they translate."

It sounds as though the person needs a bit more enforcement than just "comments". Could you e-mail the other speaker of this language, directy, to secure his/her co-operation, in not replying unless contacted in English?

This is rude, and it needs pointing out, in front of everyone, so the idiot loses face, that this issue is preventing you from organising whatever it is which needs to be done. Threaten to exclude the showoff from organisation if s/he doesn't desist!

badmummy101 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:35:27

the person replying replys in Urdu, but English is their native language. the ONLY person who does not have English as a native language is the organiser who wrote the email, in english.

colken Wed 19-Oct-11 11:36:52

If she has been told that she should be using English, she is being rude. Why can't she be warned that , if she carries on using her foreign language, she could be eliminated from the group?

If she can't use English herself, she should get herself an interpreter to do it for her. Some peop[le can speak English but not write it very well.

badmummy101 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:37:54

she IS enlgish. we went to school together, she is as english as i am. the other language is one she has learnt to speak in adulthood.

AKMD Wed 19-Oct-11 11:41:39

She is showing off. Tell her to stop it or she won't get to go to the fantastic thing you are organising because no one understands what she's saying grin

badmummy101 Wed 19-Oct-11 11:42:38

ok, who can say,
stop being so bloody rude and attention seeking it is childish and annoying.
in portugese?

purplewerepidj Wed 19-Oct-11 12:20:15

I have no idea, but I like your style grin

AKMD Wed 19-Oct-11 12:21:16

Ah, not Welsh. YAdefinitelyNBU.

To your question, I have no idea.

Floggingmolly Wed 19-Oct-11 12:44:15

Attention seeking idiot. Tell her to fuck off. In Urdu. grin

bibbitybobbitybloodyaxe Wed 19-Oct-11 12:47:34

That is priceless! what an idiot.

ChippingInToThePumpkinLantern Wed 19-Oct-11 12:50:35

What an utter pillock.

Tell her, in English, coping everyone else in - to grow the fuck up!

ChippingInToThePumpkinLantern Wed 19-Oct-11 12:51:19

Cop*y*ing of course - it doesn't sound like you'd want to be 'coping' any of this lot grin

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