Language Barrier Drama: Refusing to Be the Family Translator 🌍💬

Diply Social Team
Diply | Diply

Imagine living in a country for nearly a decade and not bothering to learn the local language. Now, add family dinners where you're the only one not speaking the language, and your sister-in-law becomes your default translator. Sounds frustrating, right? Well, that's exactly the situation one woman found herself in. Living in Brussels, she's had enough of translating for her sister-in-law, who hasn't made an effort to learn French. But when she decides to put her foot down, drama ensues. Let's dive into this linguistic showdown. 🇧🇪🔊

Setting the Scene in Brussels 🇧🇪

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The Language Barrier 🚧

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Sarah's Excuse 🤷‍♀️

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The Translation Duty 🗣️

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Why Me? 🙋‍♀️

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Growing Frustration 😤

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Family's Stance 🚫

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The Breaking Point 💔

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Enough is Enough ✋

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A Bold Ultimatum 📣

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The Aftermath 😢

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Family Dinner Boycott 🍽️🚫

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The Great Translator Standoff 🚫📚

So, there you have it, folks. A tale as old as time, or at least as old as international marriages. Our heroine, caught between the love for her family and the exasperation of being an unpaid translator, finally draws her line in the sand. But, as with all good dramas, the fallout is swift and tear-filled. Now, the family dinners hang in the balance, with a side of linguistic pride and a dash of stubbornness. Will there be an apology, or will this be the end of harmonious family gatherings? Only time will tell. 🍿👀

Let her husband do the translating. Not your job. #NTA

BakuShinAsta | BakuShinAsta

Navigating language barriers in a community. 🗣️

marcelinediscoqueen | marcelinediscoqueen

Marriage = Translation services? NTA for refusing. 👍

LadySmuag | LadySmuag

Effortlessly not picking up language in 7 years? NTA but... 🤔

enjoyingtheposts | enjoyingtheposts

Family drama over translation duties. NTA stands their ground.

Particular_Elk3022 | Particular_Elk3022

Assertive NTA response shuts down language barrier drama 👏

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Don't be the family translator. NTA for setting boundaries 👍


Husband should translate, not OP. Apologize in French 📖

HunterDangerous1366 | HunterDangerous1366

Respectful or not? NTA for not being family translator 👍

Swampman5000 | Swampman5000

American expat in Germany shares thoughts on language barrier drama.

karenrachael | karenrachael

Seven years is enough time to learn the basics 🤷‍♀️

Karla_I2007 | Karla_I2007

American commenter sympathizes with OP and criticizes SIL's behavior. 👍

Ghitit | Ghitit

Learning a new language for love ❤️

NoCoffeeAfter4 | NoCoffeeAfter4

NTA for not being a family translator. 🙅‍♀️

coolranchpuffs | coolranchpuffs

NTA. SIL can't expect family to do all the translating forever. 👍

Cryptographer_Alone | Cryptographer_Alone

Refusing to be the family translator? NTA, girl needs a clue 👍

Gritou | Gritou

Refusing to be a family translator. NTA and well said! 👏

Floriane007 | Floriane007

Language barrier? No excuse. Put in effort like this guy 👏

pourthebubbly | pourthebubbly

NTA commenter calls out Sarah's entitlement and suggests translation apps.

ItisntRocketSurgery | ItisntRocketSurgery

Poster defends their post, but commenters agree with them. 🤷‍♀️

Kaelenmonk21 | Kaelenmonk21

Stepson's love and effort for his husband's language is inspiring ❤

Lady_of_Lomond | Lady_of_Lomond

Bring your own translator and enjoy family time. NTA 👍

pensaha | pensaha

Translation duty ruining family dinners? NTA, husband should help 😊

SienteElBern | SienteElBern

Navigating language barriers can be tough, but NTA for setting boundaries.

LadyRosy | LadyRosy

Don't let the language barrier become a mental burden 🙏

scolshrmpz | scolshrmpz

NTA for standing up against disrespect towards in-laws 👏

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SIL's language barrier causing family drama, NTA for refusing translation.

EmeraldBlueZen | EmeraldBlueZen

Surrounded by a language, NTA for not being the translator 👍

sausagemice | sausagemice

Translation drama solved with a non-apology. NTA 👍

NorbearWrangler | NorbearWrangler

Setting boundaries without being the family translator. #NTA 👍

elderoriens | elderoriens

Not responsible to translate. SIL may have learning disability. 👍

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Refusing to be the family translator, NTA. Apologize if needed.

ShaneVis | ShaneVis

Setting boundaries with a touch of sass. NTA 👏

ScammerC | ScammerC

Mom and daughter learning French, daughter expects her to translate. NTA.

peitseoga716 | peitseoga716

Lazy spouse refuses to learn French. NTA judgement.

PitchPurple | PitchPurple

Embracing the culture of your host country is a must 🌍

Blommer12345 | Blommer12345

Learning the language is a basic courtesy 👍

meganes97 | meganes97

Refusing to learn English despite help, is it rude? 🤔

mtempissmith | mtempissmith

Struggles with language barrier and self-consciousness. Any advice? 🤔

FuyoBC | FuyoBC

Learning a language can be tough, but don't be a doormat 🚫

satansBigMac | satansBigMac

Struggling with languages, but NAH for refusing to translate anymore 👍

InterestingFroyo1032 | InterestingFroyo1032

Refusing to translate for family, gets blamed. Not the a-hole 🤷‍♀️

alyom | alyom

Learning a new language is hard 😭 NAH comment

Hegel321 | Hegel321

NTA. The husband should translate for his wife, not you 🙅

Cheap-Effective-7355 | Cheap-Effective-7355

Why should you be the family translator? NTA 👏

mandichaos | mandichaos

Not the a-hole! They can learn French or hire a translator 🤷‍♀️

Knittingfairy09113 | Knittingfairy09113

Husband's choice: be the translator or skip the event. NTA 👍

KittiesLove1 | KittiesLove1

Let her husband translate 🤷‍♀️ Avoid family drama 🚫🤐

Motor_Business483 | Motor_Business483

Husband should translate, not you. French is hard, NTA 👍

NightSalut | NightSalut

Refusing to be the family translator. NTA wins.

Special8043 | Special8043

Not the a**hole for refusing to translate for SIL 🚫🗣️

petty_witch | petty_witch

Don't be a family translator, NTA. It's impossible to interact fully.

thegirlriots | thegirlriots

Refusing to be a translator for entitled family member. 🙅‍♀️

Elfich47 | Elfich47

Relatable frustration with language barrier ignorance in the US 🤦

NotSoAverage_sister | NotSoAverage_sister

Family drama resolved with a simple solution 😂 #NTA

rovaals | rovaals

SIL faces backlash for not learning French. NTA. 👍

Huge_Industry_1259 | Huge_Industry_1259

Translation drama: No need to apologize for refusing.

A1askaKnight | A1askaKnight

Translation drama ends with a**hole family boycotting dinners. NTA.

Artistic_Society4969 | Artistic_Society4969

NTA. Commenter finds it hard to believe in-law hasn't learned language.

PriorHedgehog | PriorHedgehog

Google translate and blessings: NTA wins the language barrier drama.

Successful_Dot2813 | Successful_Dot2813

Lazy SIL refuses to learn French, causing translation drama 😑

Dogmother123 | Dogmother123

Is it really that hard to learn a language? 🤔

estherlovesevie | estherlovesevie

Husband should be translator. OP deserves apology for interruptions. 👍

Particular-Grape5731 | Particular-Grape5731

Learning the language of in-laws is beneficial 🌍

GundamGirl94 | GundamGirl94

Don't apologize, they shouldn't come to family dinners 🤷‍♂️

JCBashBash | JCBashBash

Learning the language is crucial when moving abroad 🌍

Limerase | Limerase

You're not the translator, NTA. She shouldn't have eavesdropped 👍

Negative-Swordfish-9 | Negative-Swordfish-9

Sibling solidarity against translation shirking 👍

Nervous_Internal_581 | Nervous_Internal_581

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