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my wife and i are french canadian when invited at English canadian friends for diner is it polite of us to often revert to french between the 2 of us in front of our hosts

Dear French speaking Canadian:

Thank you for your question.  As a guest in someone's home, it would be considered rude to speak in French should the other couple not speak the language. If you converse in a language other than English, how do you expect them to be a part of the conversation, especially in their own home?

To the people around you, it may seem like you are talking about something that you do not want them to know about. If you really must talk about something, politely excuse yourself or translate.

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