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"Sluggy"
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:34 AM
which one? I think most of the girls speak very good English. I can't really think of one who needs some schooling. any you? oh yes, i think some of the young frenchies need some lessons. I doubt Marion speaks good English, and Cornet, Johanson etc. Surely some the East Players too? any clue?

deep bass
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:46 AM
Hmmm. A little while ago I would have said Kuzy, but she's a lot better now. I think most of them are fairly understandable, as long as they don't rush their words.

tfannis
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:49 AM
And which reporters could use French lessons when they are reporting at Roland Garros? :p

Diam's
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:52 AM
Nelson Monfort ? :lol:

http://tvmag.tvimg.partner-tvmag.net/ImCon/Arti/22133/2212050904.JPG

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:53 AM
Nelson Monfort ? :lol:

http://tvmag.tvimg.partner-tvmag.net/ImCon/Arti/22133/2212050904.JPG


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

"Sluggy"
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:57 AM
Nelson Monfort ? :lol:

http://tvmag.tvimg.partner-tvmag.net/ImCon/Arti/22133/2212050904.JPG

This guy is the best, he speaks perfect english, and is very very likeable :)

"Sluggy"
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:58 AM
And which reporters could use French lessons when they are reporting at Roland Garros? :p

Make your own poll :lol: English is still the sole "International Language" N'est-ce pas? :confused:

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:00 AM
This guy is the best, he speaks perfect english, and is very very likeable :)

hahahaha he also speak spanish :lol: is very funny

Sam L
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:01 AM
Make your own poll :lol: English is still the sole "International Language" N'est-ce pas? :confused:
N'est-ce pas exagéré? :confused:

Diam's
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:14 AM
hahahaha he also speak spanish :lol: is very funny

Some people called/sent emails to France2 to complain about his mistakes :lol: I guess he should stick to English and French :lol:

Diam's
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:17 AM
This guy is the best, he speaks perfect english, and is very very likeable :)

I used to like him before but now I find him annoying...he always asks the same stupid questions! :tape:

pla
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:19 AM
I used to like him before but now I find him annoying...he always asks the same stupid questions! :tape:

:lol: And his "translations" are like a free-subject essay :lol: He always makes the betisiers in France with that :lol:

shirgan
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:24 AM
I think it's not really important to know english

Diam's
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:26 AM
:lol: And his "translations" are like a free-subject essay :lol: He always makes the betisiers in France with that :lol:
the players often :rolleyes: when he is translating the questions and the answers... it always seems to take forever :lol:

cindy
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:36 AM
I'll say kirilenko...but maybe now she knows how to speak english...but some years ago she needed it as for nelson monfort (mais le son moins fort comme disent les patineurs) :lol: :lol: :lol:

TheAllan
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:42 AM
Counting down to the moment when someone says Jennifer Capriati. 10... 9... 8...

"Sluggy"
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:51 AM
I think it's not really important to know english

Of course not, why would it be important to understand a language that most of us learn in school :rolleyes:

shirgan
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:56 AM
Of course not, why would it be important to understand a language that most of us learn in school :rolleyes:
I think as tennis players, it's not critical if they don't know how to speak english all that well..
and I don't think it's something to mock players about.
Their emphasis should be on the tennis and not on all that crapy self-marketing stuff

xin_hui
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:59 AM
I think as tennis players, it's not critical if they don't know how to speak english all that well..
and I don't think it's something to mock players about.
Their emphasis should be on the tennis and not on all that crapy self-marketing stuff

like it or not, english is THE language that gets u around the world. who is to understand, for example, a ukrainian player if she can only speak ukrainian?

"Sluggy"
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:00 AM
I think as tennis players, it's not critical if they don't know how to speak english all that well..
and I don't think it's something to mock players about.
Their emphasis should be on the tennis and not on all that crapy self-marketing stuff

I dont really like to hurt people's feelings, but prefer to mine being hurt i guess. so i wasnt trying to insult anyone, just saying that they might want to improve their english. Heck if you are smart enuf to play tennis at that level, you can learn to converse in English. :lol:

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:09 AM
Anabel Medina

she needs to learn how to yell

me cago en dios y en la virgen puta in english :lol:

shirgan
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:12 AM
like it or not, english is THE language that gets u around the world. who is to understand, for example, a ukrainian player if she can only speak ukrainian?
they can always hire a translator ;)

It's true that knowing english helps in every field and profession,
but I don't think it's CRITICAL, and I don't think players who are not perfect at it, should be laughed at, or made fun of.
I dislike the condescendent english-centered assumption, that people who don't know english very well, are less talented or should be treated with less respect.

shirgan
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:12 AM
Anabel Medina

she needs to learn how to yell

me cago en dios y en la virgen puta in english :lol:
:lol: :haha:

shirgan
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:14 AM
I dont really like to hurt people's feelings, but prefer to mine being hurt i guess. so i wasnt trying to insult anyone, just saying that they might want to improve their english. Heck if you are smart enuf to play tennis at that level, you can learn to converse in English. :lol:
I guess you're right,
the question is, if they should care to ;)

xin_hui
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:15 AM
they can always hire a translator ;)

It's true that knowing english helps in every field and profession,
but I don't think it's CRITICAL, and I don't think players who are not perfect at it, should be laughed at, or made fun of.
I dislike the condescendent english-centered assumption, that people who don't know english very well, are less talented or should be treated with less respect.

right, hire someone to follow them everywhere :o

no one's laughing at them :shrug: there isnt anything wrong in bettering one's english

exodus'05
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:20 AM
I can't think of any on the wta tour but Nadal's english is terrible

oakkao
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:32 AM
Nadal :tape: :help:

Sam L
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:47 AM
Nadal :tape: :help:
:haha:

Just like in tennis, a specialist. :tape:

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:50 AM
I can't think of any on the wta tour but Nadal's english is terrible

Nadal's spanish is terrible too :lol:

forever_rafter
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:53 AM
Anabel Medina

she needs to learn how to yell

me cago en dios y en la virgen puta in english :lol:

Translate it for me please, I only understood "puta" :lol:

oakkao
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:55 AM
:haha:

Just like in tennis, a specialist. :tape:
Won do you mean? :o :confused:

jacobruiz
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:53 PM
Translate it for me please, I only understood "puta" :lol:

Aah, this is a lovely Spanish saying - it brings back memories of my years in Spain and my family there.

"I shit on god and the virgin whore"! So colorful!:hearts:

Astroferlondon
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:03 PM
I would say most of the chinese players could improve quite a bit. However , any player on tour is likely to master English as a second language over the years , I still remember ASV after winning the French in 1989, she could barely articulate a few words in English .......... a few years on she was fluent.

Joana
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Anabel Medina

she needs to learn how to yell

me cago en dios y en la virgen puta in english :lol:

Please not :tape:

Joana
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:10 PM
like it or not, english is THE language that gets u around the world. who is to understand, for example, a ukrainian player if she can only speak ukrainian?

Ukrainians? :p

SelesFan70
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:14 PM
Make your own poll :lol: English is still the sole "International Language" N'est-ce pas? :confused:

No, money is the International Language! :wavey:

*Jool*
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:19 PM
hahahaha he also speak spanish :lol: is very funny

oh no , chica , he only tries to speak spanish :lol:

I speak better Spanish than this guy (well, I guess :unsure: )


To answer the question in the title , Rezai could speak much better English ;)

borisy
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:19 PM
Jennifer "you know, you know, you know" Capriati

No.1Hingis
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:44 PM
Anabel Medina

she needs to learn how to yell

me cago en dios y en la virgen puta in english :lol:

Ouk... she need to translate that.. cause maybe in the pass.. it can lose some meanning.. Not polite from her side.. rude for me .. sorry!! :eek:

No.1Hingis
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:46 PM
I can't think of any on the wta tour but Nadal's english is terrible

OF COURSE .. NADAL DICTION IS AWFUL... I HAVE TO BE 100% AGREE.. IS THE WORST ENGLISH IN BOTH TOURS.. AND SPANISH TOO..

Asif_Nawaz
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:46 PM
Anna-Lena surprisingly has really good English!!!!!!

honeyke
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:52 PM
Anna-Lena surprisingly has really good English!!!!!!
i think it´s no surprise.anna lives in arizona since a few years, so consequently she improves more and more :)

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:41 PM
oh no , chica , he only tries to speak spanish :lol:

I speak better Spanish than this guy (well, I guess :unsure: )


To answer the question in the title , Rezai could speak much better English ;)


awwwww Joolito :hug:

JennyS
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:03 PM
Counting down to the moment when someone says Jennifer Capriati. 10... 9... 8...

I was thinking the same thing!

manu32
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:18 PM
a kiss to jenny

bis2806
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:19 PM
Almost all of the Europeans and the Chinese players (except for Janet Lee). Nadal is an example, but he's cute. Latin America too.

janko
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:45 PM
Of course not, why would it be important to understand a language that most of us learn in school :rolleyes:

do we have a "real" choice? :tape:

janko
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:52 PM
btw, about what kind of english are you thinking?

If it's that awful stuff, trying to get a so called bad "american" accent and mixing every sentence with "yeah, yeah" and "you know", in that case, all players are perfect! :worship:

I'm more interested to know who speaks another language between americans and all who speak english, harder to find, don t you think??
but there was a thread about it and it was quite strange to learn that Venus is speaking italian and Serena french when it s definitely not the case (nothing against them, but I ve seen them trying to speak these languages and despite the effort, they wouldn t find their way if they were lost in Italia or in France... :rolleyes: )

Stamp Paid
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Rafael Nadal

Shenanigans
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:56 PM
Almost all of the Europeans and the Chinese players (except for Janet Lee). Nadal is an example, but he's cute. Latin America too.

I don't know about the latin American players but most of the European players speak very good english maybe not perfect all the time but they are not language teachers.

joz
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:58 PM
I was thinking the same thing!


I'll say it... Jennifer Capriati! It was my first thought when I saw the thread!

But, why would a non-English speaker need instruction unless they wanted it? Though a native English speaker could use some remediation!!!
OTOH... why does it matter? Does command of the English language impact their ability to play? I don't think so!

xin_hui
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:59 PM
Almost all of the Europeans and the Chinese players

this is quite a generalisation :o i can easily name quite a number of european players who speak good english

Drake1980
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Maybe Coria although his has improved I hear

mboyle
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:48 PM
Coria literally does not speak English from what I can recall...

PS: Nadal does not speak Spanish? Does he grunt or something? lol

Helen Lawson
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:51 PM
I can't speak any other foreign language well at all, so I'm not going to rag on someone's English!

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 08:39 PM
PS: Nadal does not speak Spanish? Does he grunt or something? lol
hahahaha

his mother tongue is "mallorquí" I don t understand him when he speak spanish because his accent :)

perseus2006
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:13 PM
Today I saw the ESPN tributes to Andre Agassi by a selection of players. Based on those replies I would say the player most in need of English lessons is Andy Murray.

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:22 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZtZ7HCy1Zk

the same interview with Mary Jo Fernández ( in spanish ) :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuXgXoXAVAI


aww is a lovely interview :hearts: :kiss:

Vamos Rafa vamos :bounce:

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:23 PM
I would say the player most in need of English lessons is Andy Murray.


:lol:

Aaron.
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:24 PM
I Would say Rafel Nadal you shoulda seen how he was stuttering on ESPN Today

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:24 PM
Jennifer "you know, you know, you know" Capriati
You beat me to it... ;)

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:30 PM
Coria literally does not speak English from what I can recall...

PS: Nadal does not speak Spanish? Does he grunt or something? lol
A transplanted Spaniard I used to work with told me that the Spanish spoken in Mexico is so much different than the Spanish spoken in Spain, it should be classified as a different language. I truly believe the "English" we speak in America has evolved into a different language than what they speak in the U.K.

*JR*
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:38 PM
:Peng:

mirzalover
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:40 PM
[QUOTE]A transplanted Spaniard I used to work with told me that the Spanish spoken in Mexico is so much different than the Spanish spoken in Spain, it should be classified as a different language. I truly believe the "English" we speak in America has evolved into a different language than what they speak in the U.K.

yeah thats true of course i live in america but i travel alot and i can speak spanish well enough to talk with some of my friends from mexico but when i went to spain i had no clue what they where saying and i'm sure they didnt know what i was saying either. and i have family in the U.K and i think we do speak a different language sometimes.

Tripp
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:11 PM
[QUOTE]
yeah thats true of course i live in america but i travel alot and i can speak spanish well enough to talk with some of my friends from mexico but when i went to spain i had no clue what they where saying and i'm sure they didnt know what i was saying either. and i have family in the U.K and i think we do speak a different language sometimes.

Spanish in Argentina and Uruguay is also a lot different from spanish in both Mexico and Spain. Chile has its own version of spanish, too.

From what I've seen, Yan Zi could use some english lessons. Her post-match speech in the AO 2006 Doubles Final was barely understandable.

That didn't keep them from beating the hell out of Raymond/Stosur, of course :p

RobTheRusski
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:22 PM
On a side note, Mary Joe's spanish is MUCH harder to understand than Nadal's. Maybe that's because I've lived in Spain, but jeez, that Cuban twang is really really difficult!

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Today I saw the ESPN tributes to Andre Agassi by a selection of players. Based on those replies I would say the player most in need of English lessons is Andy Murray.

maybe is because his scottish accent :confused:

maybe is the same of some andalusian accent to spanish speakers (from spain)

:confused:

Bette_Midler
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:38 PM
that Cuban twang is really really difficult!

Cuban twang :confused: she sounds more like Dominican Republic

Joana
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:50 PM
[QUOTE=mirzalover]

Spanish in Argentina and Uruguay is also a lot different from spanish in both Mexico and Spain. Chile has its own version of spanish, too.


Argentinian variant of Spanish (or at least the one River Plate area) is by far the most beautiful. :hearts:
I heard that Chilean Spanish is very different to the other versions, but I didn't find it difficult to understand. Maybe because I didn't really hear the colloquial speech.

I learned "proper" Spanish but I actually find Mexican easier to understand, possibly because of all the soap operas. :tape:

Talita Kumi
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:20 PM
KUZNETS speak in english whit spanish accent :D

Bounty Hunter
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:57 PM
Every country has their own lingo

English speaking countries has their own "twang", but we can all understand each other.

England (Scotland)
USA
Australia
New Zealand
South Africa
Canada
Belize
Most of the Caribbean Islands


Spanish.... You will find variety in the Spanish language and sometimes it may be difficult to understand what the others are saying.. but I think you can get by if you have to.

South America (except Brazil)
Most of Central America
Spain

Shenanigans
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:22 AM
Today I saw the ESPN tributes to Andre Agassi by a selection of players. Based on those replies I would say the player most in need of English lessons is Andy Murray.

That comment could be considered quite insulting to Scottish people, he has a Scottish accent and it is a small country so the accent can seem unusual to Americans when they first here it, but he speaks English.

Albireo
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:35 AM
Cuban twang :confused: she sounds more like Dominican Republic

MJF's parents are from Cuba and the Dominican Republic, so that's no surprise. :)

The WTA used to have a rule-- I don't know if they still do-- that all players had to learn English. it was more for the sake of communicating with Tour officials and the media than anything else. Kimiko Date used to bring an interpreter along with her, but she wound up correcting the interpreter's English so often that she eventually gave up and did press conferences on her own.

Corswandt
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:25 AM
maybe is the same of some andalusian accent to spanish speakers (from spain)

The Andalusian accent isn't that difficult to understand. It's merely Spanish minus all consonants.

So Ha jugado muy bien is rendered

A u'a'o 'uy 'ye'

The_Pov
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:32 AM
What I love to know is how did Nadal and Kirilenko communicate when they were going out?

As far as I know he couldn't speak Russian and she couldn't speak spanish and their English :tape:



Although I love how our little Island managed to produced the world's most important language :lol: Although having the world's largest empire may have helped :p

Joana
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:42 AM
What I love to know is how did Nadal and Kirilenko communicate when they were going out?

As far as I know he couldn't speak Russian and she couldn't speak spanish and their English :tape:



By using the language of love :awww:

borisy
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:45 AM
What are MJF's ethnic origins?

space_gracie
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:01 AM
Jennifer "you know, you know, you know" Capriati


Kim Clijsters can challeng j-cap's you-knows hehe :D

perseus2006
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:52 AM
That comment could be considered quite insulting to Scottish people, he has a Scottish accent and it is a small country so the accent can seem unusual to Americans when they first here it, but he speaks English.

No offense intended to the Scotts. Murray was muttering and mumbling, looking down contemplating his belly button and sluring his words as if he hadn't the energy to enunciate them. It was the first time I have seen or heard him. He was appallingly unimpressive, especially when compared to Nadal and Pova who are also part of the Agassi tribute.

darrinbaker00
Jun 27th, 2006, 02:57 AM
What are MJF's ethnic origins?
Mary Joe Fernandez is from Miami, Florida, aka "Havana North." ;)

Andy.
Jun 27th, 2006, 03:41 AM
Peng has horrible english

V.Melb
Jun 27th, 2006, 04:24 AM
Please let me reply to this, as it seems not many people are naming names!
Tamarine Tanasugarn
Despite being born in America, she is a full flegded Thai.... her english is not good at all, back in the day (hopman cup 2000) she made a speech in front of the stadium and could barely string a sentence together.... it was cute, but everyone was laughing.

Virginie Razzano
I cant beleive she hasn't got a mention yet. can anyone say "thick fcking accent?!" ... I dont know what region in France shes from but her english is very very poor, even for a frenchwoman. The accent is so thick that she is virtually incoprehensable.

Other mentions for shit english.
Virginia Ruano Pascual
Paola Suarez
Na Li
Shuai Peng
(pretty much all the chinese girls)
Kuznetsova

Kenny
Jun 27th, 2006, 04:56 AM
RAFA! lol

But he's worked on it! :D

Most of the girls are OK, I guess with English. lol

Bette_Midler
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:58 AM
MJF's parents are from Cuba and the Dominican Republic, so that's no surprise. :)


are you sure? :eek: I don t know about her mother, but her father is from Asturias, Spain

LefandePatty
Jun 27th, 2006, 12:01 PM
Richard Gasquet :o

Albireo
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:09 PM
are you sure? :eek: I don t know about her mother, but her father is from Asturias, Spain

You are correct-- she was born in the Dominican Republic, and her parents are Spanish and Cuban.

(Senility-- it happens to all of us.)

drake3781
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:16 PM
Aah, this is a lovely Spanish saying - it brings back memories of my years in Spain and my family there.

"I shit on god and the virgin whore"! So colorful!:hearts:



I don't understand it in English........... :confused: . How is it used?

drake3781
Jun 27th, 2006, 01:37 PM
[QUOTE=mirzalover]

From what I've seen, Yan Zi could use some english lessons. Her post-match speech in the AO 2006 Doubles Final was barely understandable.

That didn't keep them from beating the hell out of Raymond/Stosur, of course :p

Oh wow, you saw that match. Wasn't it great :hearts: ?? I still laugh at how badly Raymond/Stosur behaved themselves at the end. :lol: :lol:

drake3781
Jun 27th, 2006, 11:59 PM
Is there a player who doesn't know any English at all? Who simply could not give an interview in English? :confused: