I sometimes end up wanting to comment in discussions where English is not the dominant language, most frequently Mexico or the French-speaking part of Canada, occasionally elsewhere in the world. In these areas, nearly all discussions on the site will be in other languages. I can usually read and write Spanish enough to communicate but my communication in French relies heavily on Google Translate, and there are a lot of languages where I don’t even feel confident posting anything at all in the language, even with Google Translate.
Most of these discussions center around ID, either me wanting to comment that I think something may be mis-ID’ed, or to ask for clarification on how people are distinguishing certain species.
I understand that there are a lot of places where English becomes the de-facto common tongue, especially in scientific circles, but I also don’t want to butt into an area, using English where English is not the native language and may not even be spoken by the people involved. In some areas, there can even be a bit of hard feelings or hostility towards people using English, and I want to be sensitive to this as well.
Are there any norms or guidelines, or just recommendations, of how to handle stuff like this?