Originally Posted by Krista from Florida
I translate what they say as best as I can and leave it at that. I am amazed at the people who switch back and forth between languages! I was at a table recently an another player not so nicely asked that the others speaking another language speak in English. I couldn't leave that alone so I told the players to continue on in their native tongue and that I was fine with it. There are no rules that you have to speak English! Bravo to all who poker multitask while chatting.
A sincere message to non-native English speakers from me:
Please don't be afraid to join in the chat conversation no matter what your language is. You will never be reprimanded or corrected by me. Je ne parle Francais. No hablo Expanol. Ich spreche kein Deutsch..... I PLAY POKER AND HAVE FUN WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!!!!!!!!
Hi Krista: Krista, I really appreciate when someone corrects my English; chatting on poker is a funny way I found to improve my skills in English. Then, friendlies, please, correct me! But “please be gentle, I’m still learning”…
What I find despicable is when you mock the person who erred. I was at a table the other day, and a boy from Eastern Europe (Hungary, I think) said "ears ago" instead of "years ago". For a foreigner, the two words sound very alike. And a girl from Australia scoffed.
It seems to me quite normal that people use English on chatting, it is the language the majority can speak at least a little bit, that allows people from all over the world to communicate somehow, with errors, of course, but still making oneself understood. Big hug