I work with a fair number of fluently bilingual folks, which is great, because it gives me a chance to practice my French. However, it can also be awkward.
Sometimes, when I'm mid-conversation with 2+ people, the other 2+ will suddenly switch to French. I don't yet understand spoken French well enough to contribute to or understand the conversation, as they know. So do I...
- Excuse myself?
- Nod and smile even though I have no idea what's going on?
- What would you do?
I don't want to be the jerky American who demands that everyone speak English, but it seems a bit rude on their part too. What do you think?