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Switching over to a minority language - eg. Welsh speakers who meet in English-speaking contexts

Hi, everyone!  I thought about asking this in one of the language comms, but it's not really about linguistics,  so I hope this is the right place...

Anyway, let's say a native Welsh speaker, who prefers to speak Welsh to other Welsh speakers, meets another Welsh person in an English-speaking context. And say they had good reason to suspect the other person is a native Welsh speaker as well, but didn't know for sure. Would they eventually ask the other person about it and attempt to switch to Welsh, or would they just not mention it at all and always talk to the person in English? 

I guess what I'm asking is, do native Welsh speakers who meet in an English-speaking context usually switch to Welsh eventually (when not in the presence of non-speakers, of course)? And if so, how? Or would they simply continue to always converse in English?  Hope the question makes sense. I'm most specifically interested in Welsh speakers, but if anyone has any similar or comparable minority language etiquette to share, I'd be very interested in that too, no matter the language. Basically, just trying to get a feeling for the minority language dynamic.    
Tags: uk (misc), ~languages: celtic
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