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Talking slowly upon request — too slowly

Malicious compliance among the bilingual


Sometimes while trying to help, the bilingual will talk slowly in a way that's hard to follow. The alteration is not in a natural rhythm. It's slow enough to understand; but it's not natural; so you can't.

Native speakers who don't also speak English talk like normal people. You can ask them to slow down, at least, if it's necessary. But the bilingual? Assholes.

And what can you do? If you ask them to speak more quickly, they'll do so until you surrender and they can switch to English. And how do you ask them to speak naturally but slowly enough to understand?