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Is It Rude To Speak Your Language Openly In Public?

I was on the express coach to Bristol, talking to my friend in Yoruba. 

A lady next to me find it very rude speaking in my lingo and told me to go back to my country if I so much want to speak my Lingo, since I am in England, English speaking country.

Do you think is rude speaking your lingo openly in public?

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What a question. Inferiority complex at his best

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If you choose to speak your language loudly in public (most Nigerians practically bellow) then yes, it becomes offensive.

Another thing - it's rude to whisper in the company of others, if you exclude them. The same can be said about speaking in a language not common to the company you're in.

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I think of course speak your language but PLEASE for the sake of those around you, don't speak so loud. And I'd say the same for anyone regardless of whether they are speaking the Queen's own English or French.

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H0w can you even conceive the thought of it being right or wrong{rude}?? Dont mind anybody,speak infact Sp0ke it!lol, be proud and loud!!

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Nothing wrong with speaking your own language in public at all, though the volume of one's voice can be an irritant to many. Maybe the person in question was annoyed you were enjoying yourself too.

Those National Express coach journeys can be a bore, you just lightened up the tediousness of a journey.

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You shoulda told her to eat ur dyck. I speak and shout Igbo in public. If u no like am go hug a transformer.

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@JustGood- The British and the French are very much similar in their 'foreign' language incompetence/ ignorance. It derives from their 'empire' syndrome especially the British. You can only sympathise/ empathise/ feel sorry for them.

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speaking your language in the public is never rude, however, when others that dont understand it are with you, then, it is rude.

Language that everyone understand is always good.

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I lost the case before the landlady as she was a part of them. Nothwithstandingly, the whole episode afforded me with the opportunity of knowing other Nigerians in the huge building.

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Shame on them. Keep playing your Nigerian music. You should call those morons out.

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It is not wrong however if you are in the midst of people from different cultures or races, it's more polite to speak in a universal language so one doesn't feel offended, intimidated or feel like you are saying something bad, feeling left out.

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@agathamari:

I live in Michigan, but I live outside of the large metro areas. It seems that you are not in agreement with what I think, is that correct?

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In the UK, a lot of Britons hate ethnic languages or cultures. For example, when I play English music my neighbours feel it is 'cool' and often wanting to borrow the music. But when I play my Nigerian music, they report me to the landlady for making noises.

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comments like that are what causes problems most people dont even see race but when someone starts talking like that it makes them see your race whether it be black, hispanic, asian or white (biggots come in all colors)

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it depends on the situation. if in an open/public place like you were then no. say you are in a group of 4 and 3 speak the language and one doesnt then it would be rude. as long as everyone in the group (including spouces and bf/gf) understands the language then it is not rude but if even one doesnt understand the language then it is rude. that woman was just being nosey and wanted to know what you were talking about. in the situation your described she was the one who was rude not you. technically you could have told her she was speaking a foriegn language since english was from the roman army not the traditional langusges of the isles.

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I was at a train station somewhere in new jersey like a small city. and suddenly two guys walked by waiting for the train. and i heard them speak yoruba. I was like men nigerians even dey this place sha. people don travel far.

look at me saying nigerians dey this place, what was I also doing there. lol. I have met others in the train. in the buses dc to new york. different places.

I have no issues with them speaking cos even if i am on the phone and people around me that i can guarantee they dont know yoruba, then i can speak my nonfluent yoruba.

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Its not rude to speak your own language in public. However, I do find some Nigerians to be unaware of social etiquette where language is concerned. If you are in a small group of people, say three, and one of them does not speak/understand your language and you are aware of it, it IS rude to have conversations the whole time between the two who speak the language, therefore isolating the one who doesn't.

In that situation I consider it rude, if you can ALL speak and understand English.

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i speak igbo anywhere anytime. come tell me to stop

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aint nuffin wrong in speaking your language anywhere in the world be it in your closet or in public.

If an american or english goes anywhere in the world, they damn expect everyone to speak english, and when they dont they complain.

wetin concern them with the language you are speaking? It's a free world and there is no rule or law that says you cannot speak the language of your choice anywhere.

Would an arab that goes to abia state start speaking the local language to his friend?

Some idiots here claim Yoruba's have very loud voices. Arrant rubbish. . .absolute nonsense.

It's easy to blame others when you are worse.

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No way!It isn't rude at all,as long as u don't disturb the persons close to u, I mean if u are shouting,many people will be annoyed.Unless the person that tols u that is a real racist and xenophobe and doesnt wish any foreigners in their country, But this is their problem,not yours, I know i like speaking my own language when i am aboard,so why would I care?

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There's nothing bad in you speaking your lingo in other country, even your dialet. no mind am jare,

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This is a bunch of bullshit

That Lady was WRONG.

You have every right to speak your own Language

Nigerian speaks their language in their own country.

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if you can speak english well, then i don't think it is cool to speak ur language in public expecially when u are shouting. some people use it as a medium to insult people without them knowing it. if u get liver why u no fit talk anything we u wan talk in english? be it Indecency, or how the woman we de sitdown near you de ooze like sewage, speak ur mind. it's in the constitution for hauman rights, FREEDOM OF SPEECH. speak ur mind and don'T stutter one time. peace yall!

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English people are known to be the worst lingusits in the world. They cant speak other languages but they expect everyone else to speak their language wherever they go.

It one of the reasons the French dont particularly love them.

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No, it's not rude. However, it is annoying when you are making noise, regardless of the language you speak.

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It's a private discussion in public. any language is allowed.

It's not even like this America wey Latino go speak Spanish to me expect make I understand.

scam hey??

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What type of selfish behaviour might that be?

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U should have told her

to go to hell and SCAM!!!

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Sorry about that! It is only in UK one can find that type of selfish behaviour.

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I see no reason why it might be considered rude to speak one's native tongue in a public place. As has been noted, if you are seeking to communicate clearly with an individual, then you should convey your ideas in whatever language is common to you. Sadly, where I live in the US, there exists a contingency that says that any language other than English is not to be used. This thinking is, to me, quite arrogant. Nobody other than to whom I speak has a right to be privvy to my personal conversations.

I have a friend who, like me, is French-Canadian by birth. When we encounter one another, regardless of where--be it in a crowded shopping mall, on the street, in a restaurant--we speak French to one another, because it's comfortable to each of us. Now, that being said, if we are in a setting where our conversation includes others around us who are not French speakers, or (again, as previously noted) is in a professional situation, then we speak English, the most widely spoken language in our country.

Who knows? Perhaps if we were both in France we'd speak English to one another! Either way, I don't think it would (or should) be considered rude.

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It is quite honorable for people to speak their mother tongue but it only become a nuisance when it's used to disturb people's peace in public serene places by shouting and laughing out loud.Some people could be reading,sleeping or trying to focus on their business engagements or on the other hand,if you weren't really noisy,just plain silly and miserable people who just hate to see others happy.

England is fragile,people are so conditioned to behave in certain ways and very sensitive.I was on a coach one day,traveling from north to south of england when the coach driver threatened several times to stop and discharge three british girls who were just chatting away normally and refuse to keep quiet,personally i didn't find any thing wrong in in their chatting but the driver and a few passengers just couldn't take it.

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you can speak your language anywhere but don't shout so as not to disturb others

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ARE U SURE U WEREN'T YELLING/SCREAMING.

THAT DISGUSTS MOST PPLE.

NATIVE LANG. 4 LIVE!!!

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Tell them joo. I dont' live in the UK, but I visit so often and I couldn't help but notice how you get these funny glances from people when you speak anything thats not english. I used to feel slightly embarrassed but have come to overcome that, now I speak louder when I know anyone is uncomfortable with my Igbo or Yoruba. After all they too have all those funny Northern UK (English) dialects they speak when they don't want you to listen in on their conversation. its so common with those guys in Birmingham. Bone them!

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Is it rude? Depends on who you ask. It certainly isn't unlawful.

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WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE, IT IS CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH. IF THE WOMAN DIDN'T LIKE IT, THEN SHE SHOULD MOVE!!!!

Gosh, this is so annoying and what makes it ten times more annoying is that people are actually criticising the poster and siding with the english woman, geez. People should respect your PRIVACY!!!!! This kind thing no fit happen for yanki, lai lai. NIGERIANS KNOW YOUR RIGHTS. Everybody here speaks there language wherever they are, its just that Nigerians are just waaaaaaaaaaay too ashamed of theres that's why they don't speak in public. Boy, people in that country have a low self esteem.

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English people r racists. u shd speak ur language anywhere.

they dont speak Ibo, yoruba or hausa when they are in Nigeria

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as for me i have been in the uk for a yr and i speak igbo and yoruba well, in the bus, train and on the street. no one tells me its rude, only when u shout so loud, after all there are so many pple here in the uk that dont speak english, pls SUE if they say such a thing to u or call me and i will get u a lwayer

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What is all this talk about Nigerians being loud? Am Nigerian and am not! It depends on the individual.

If it about that, then British people are also loud! I mean, you're on the bus and you hear them saying all their business out loud. Or is it at the pubs or stores? And please dont get me started on the ameboness of the women, they meet you for the first time and start going off about how the kids you see with them are adopted from a runaway mum, who fcukin cares??

All in all, dat chic was just being a daft racist, and needs a stiff rooster up her Bottom!

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Now i know where the yoruba problem vegetates from. with the above post, there is every tendency that all yorubas are uncivilized and unpolished. can you imagine such proverb. i spent 8 whole years in lagos but i can't say come in yoruba lingo cos the very day i got to lagos and over heard the touts at bus stop shouting for passangers, i lost interest in that lango. Have you heard a Yoruba man or women communicating on phone? you don't expect any prophet before taking your leave. even in the market, church, buses, rear wheel stations etc, very disgusting. i think they should erase that lingo cos it irritating.

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I wouldn't use adjectives like uncivilized and unpolished to describe it but it's common knowledge that Yorubas are very guilty of what you've described.

It's happened to me times without number too and I've heard many others say the same.

You'll be having a conversation in English and once their kinsman arrives,they break out loudly in Yoruba and your conversation with them ends.

They even do it when they see someone of another tribe who speaks Yoruba.

I can relate,it's extremely annoying and very rude.

Perhaps they don't know that's the way it comes across.

I hope some can read it here and learn not to do that or at least excuse themselves politely.

You'll just be gisting and before you know it,ba woni and Yoruba will follow and there ends the conversation.

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there is a yoruba proverb that says - if you are not speaking yoruba then you are not making any sense, and you have to speak it as loud as you can.

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I was on the phone dear not a groupie convo.

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This is quite interesting. You needn't tell me your tribe for me to recognise this behaviour.  I believe you are an intelligent and educated person who understand that this behaviour can be rude in certain environments but some of your tribes people lack this understanding and ignorant to change this attitude.  I went to University with alot of your tribes people.  I was friends with many of them unfortunately, the education and intellectual development they received could not shift this uncivilised, unbrushed, unpolished, unsieved behaviour from them whilst we were at the Uni.  For example, I would be sitting in the canteen with a Yoruba friend of mine having lunch, immediately another Yoruba person joins us - that would be the end of my contribution to the chat.  I am immediately excluded from the conversation as they embark on conversation in Yoruba language without any consideration about how I feel since they knew quite right that I do not understand the language therefore, can't join in, quite selfish of them.  They would continue with this, gbagbati, gbagbati and more gbagbatis'.  It does not matter who with or where.  I gave them time to change this behaviour but soon realised they would not as a result, I left them to join another civilised tribe and was much happier thereafter.  Yes, I suggest that some Yorubas re-think this uncivilised behaviour in the light of my commentaries above as well as the circumstance and environment they find themselves in when embarking in their lingo in the public.

Now, in considering you query above, you are in a bus travelling  to a place with a friend who happens to speak your lingo and probably same tribe eh!  The others travelling in the same bus are neither friends nor relatives or in no way related to you but just ordinary travellers going their own way. 

In my view you did the right thing.  You are not rude at all.  You would have been rude if you knew them and knowing they can not speak your lingo and continue speaking it in their midst, that would have been too rude of you.  However, as we all like to be made welcomed and inclusive in things be it with friends, family etc it would have been nice to speak in English (if what your are discussing is not private e.g the weather or the journey) so that other people in the bus interested in the topic would join in the conversation - otherwise, you are right and not rude. 

It seems to me, your critic in that bus was a jealous man/woman who wanted to join you in but unable as he/she could not speak your lingo therefore - bursted into anger and call you rude.  This is a leaning curve for you, when people try to get their own way and couldn't they throw tantrums - very childish indeed.

Anyway, always be inclusive and not, exclusive of people.  Cheers!

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I wish I could so I could tell how big the head of the guy sitting next to me is!

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Nothing wrong in speaking your language.

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There is nothing wrong with speaking your own language in public, but nigerians can be very loud, i remember one time my bf was upstairs on the fone with one of his mates i was down stairs all of a sudden there was a lot of shouting i ran up the stairs thinking some-thing was wrong, i asked him was he ok he asked why, i said it sounded like you were murdering some-one. He didn't realise he was shouting.

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