“Speak English or I don’t answer you”. That was the phrase of the day yesterday. I think it’s probably one of the most arrogant, ignorant and discriminative statements, I have heard so far in Second Life. What makes it even worse is that the person it was said to, was actually using a German – English translation tool. Of course those tools are less than perfect but at least this person made an effort to be understood therefore I believe the other participant should have the courtesy to make an effort too.
Second Life is a very international community. It is not an exclusively American thing. People from all over the world from different countries, different cultures and people speaking different languages do populate Second Life. This is one of the things that makes Second life diverse hence interesting. And yes there are people that do not speak English.
I have actually friends in Second Life which do not speak English at all. That’s because I do not choose friends or judge people by their educational background hence I strongly disapprove this attitude of “if you don’t speak English I won’t talk to you”. The person this was said too, left our party shortly after, as he did not actually want to socialize with a person showing this kind of attitude.
What do you think about this? Is somebody who uses Second life somehow obliged to speak English? Is someone who does not speak English worth your time? How would you deal with above scenario?
Please leave a comment whatever your attitude is with regards.