Annoyed by Welsh chat
I HAVE read with interest the correspondence about the use of the Welsh language in this column and would like to comment on a recent experience.
I was in a Llanelli coffee shop enjoying a chat with my bilingual friend when along came one of his acquaintances. They proceeded to speak in Welsh, as though I wasn't there, for about five minutes.
As a non Welsh-speaker, I didn't have a clue what they were talking about and more or less had to sit there twiddling my thumbs while waiting for them to finish.
I must admit to feeling a bit miffed by this!
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In my mind this raised a few questions:
Should I have asked the pair to speak in English at the risk of causing offence?
Am I being too sensitive about being ignored?
Should my friend have excused himself so that he could speak with his friend in Welsh?
Should my friend have shown more sense and spoken in English which all the people involved could understand?
Are there any Welsh speakers out there who might want to comment on this?