Bringing American culture closer to new immigrants
I have a question. It’s not a question in the full sense of the word but rather some loud thinking.
My roommates are American and so are their pets. So, what language should I speak to the dog? English or Russian?
The most reasonable solution is probably just to use the language the pet was trained in. English, that is. It is easier for everyone: the dog hears familiar sounds, and my roommates don’t have to guess what kind of evil conversation I’m trying to have with their dog.
But what about those situations when you just want to say something to a pet and there is no one else around to influence your language choice. Should I still stick to English assuming that the dog will better comprehend me or it doesn’t really matter because it’s not about specific training commands at that point?
There is also an opinion that intonation and the tone of voice play as an important role as words. Given that it is true, dogs might sometimes respond to your command in a particular context of tonality and intonation rather than to a word itself.
By the way, many people seriously consider their pets bilingual due to multiculturalism in the family (“Our dog speaks Spanish and English”). Well, I’m not sure about “speaks” but maybe there is some truth to that claim.