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"Do you understand this?"

A rude question in the wrong language


English for kids: allowing somebody to listen...

I don't understand when the bilingual ask "do you understand this," in English, when I'm trying to listen.

There's almost always one — somebody who needs to know how much I know about what other people are saying, and must ask in the one language that I'm not trying to learn.

Intuitive thinking is broken, rhythm of comprehension is disturbed — and all for a question that has no answer.

I get confused.... I don't know what to say....

It's a rude question in the wrong language.