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Is the language the actual issue?

That is, how is this different than if one group of people constantly talks about what their fantasy football team is doing, and another constantly talk about celebrity gossip, and you care about neither sports nor celebrities?

The example you gave isn't mutually exclusive - "watched some TV" followed by two hours of discussion might be "watched the Indian equivalent of House of Cards over the weekend and now want to talk about it." You wouldn't have seen it, nor know the relevant political background to make sense of it. Would you spend several hours during work to coach a near stranger on US politics, in order to describe the TV show you just watched?

Speaking of which, how are they able to talk for 2 hours in a small room without distracting anyone else? You're likely exaggerating, but is your frustration that you're feeling lonely/isolated, that the room is too small for the number of people in it, or something else besides just that you don't speak Hindi or Chinese?

Getting HR to force everyone to speak English isn't really going to help anything.




Those are conversations I can potentially join in on and listen in on. I have no idea if these people are talking shit about me, and by result of them talking in their mother languages, they relate with one another more, giving me no chance to anything with them since I can't understand a word they are saying.

I'm not exaggerating, do not assume I am. These are my work conditions. They talk. All day, every day.

Right now I'm just some random team member cramped in a tiny room full of strangers for the next year, me, being the only one that doesn't share a common tongue with them besides English.

What a silly example, no I wouldn't coach them on my entire fucking culture to talk to them about a TV show. Giving a response like "Just watched some TV" means they want nothing more to do with you, because nobody ever "just watches some TV" during the weekend.

I highly doubt she sat there, for 3 fucking day, plastered to her goddamn screen.

It has now created a culture of one liners between me and them, like if I want to say something, the entire team stops talking, then waits for what I say, then resume their crap.

I'm requesting to be reassigned to a new project if they can't speak English, or I'm quitting on the spot. Working in a complete vacuum is the absolute worst, it's gotten to a point now where I am becoming a bother for simply interacting.


I said "exaggerating" because there are very few jobs where people can work in a small conference room and can chat for two hours straight while working, and not have that affect their work quality.

I did not mean to imply that all she did was watch TV. I'm saying that your example wasn't enough be meaningful to others not in your circumstances.

Billions of people around the world somehow manage to work in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, so requiring a mono-lingual work environment can't intrinsically and always be the best solution.

Based in what you've said, you don't even want your co-workers to spend 5% of their time speaking a non-English language, for concern they will be talking shit about you during that time.

If you've never worked in a place with few other English speakers, then I can see how that would especially bother you. I mostly ignore the Spanish, German or Arabic I hear, but then again I also grew up in a multilingual neighborhood of the US.

The key part when you talk to HR is the "working in a vacuum" aspect, and not specifically the language. Otherwise it's much easier to say that you're the one who's culturally intolerant.




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