Is bilingualism impolite?

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I’m chatting in English to a medical student from Germany who is visiting Sydney, Australia, and we’ve already talked about how I lived in Germany for a while and speak German. In the middle of a chat about which part of Germany she’s from, my conversation partner turns to her friend and asks “How do you say Sachsen-Anhalt in English?” and I feel a little bit like I’ve become invisible.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
PublisherLanguage on the move
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2012

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  • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
  • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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