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Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:25 PM
I was watching Li Nas WTATOUR.com video and was shoked by her english I alaws thought she speak it well idk why:lol:



Can you guys tell me who else speaks english badly??

asiandude
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:28 PM
I was watching Li Nas WTATOUR.com video and was shoked by her english I alaws thought she speak it well idk why:lol:



Can you guys tell me who else speaks english badly??

At least they can speak english, not their native tongue or first language, you can you speak their language. Broaden your mind befor e you post here.

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:30 PM
At least they can speak english, not their native tongue or first language, you can you speak their language. Broaden your mind befor e you post here.

i wasnt critisizing her:rolleyes:

i was just suprised I alsways pictured hervoice differently

asiandude
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:31 PM
ok sorry

frontier
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:32 PM
lots of players are not good...especially when they come from non-english speaking countries
Roger s english is not good,Nadal is even worse
lindsay communicates well

Svetlana.
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:32 PM
I was watching Li Nas WTATOUR.com video and was shoked by her english I alaws thought she speak it well idk why:lol:



Can you guys tell me who else speaks english badly??

What about you? Can you say at least a few decent sentences in other languages than English?

spiceboy
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:32 PM
Spain, Italy, France...in general all these countries where we see all television & cinema dubbed in our own languages we tend to speak awful English :help:

spiceboy
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:33 PM
Roger s english is not good,

Are you kidding me? Not being his own language he speaks English very good IMO

Lucemferre
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:34 PM
lots of players are not good...especially when they come from non-english speaking countries
Roger s english is not good,Nadal is even worse
lindsay communicates well

Are you sure English is your first language? :tape:

Robert-KimClijst
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:37 PM
Roger's english is not good

:help: :weirdo: :cuckoo: Have you actually ever heard him speak English??? He is great at it.

I do agree, though, Rafa's English is not the best. :o He has improved though.

Pengwin
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:38 PM
I don't think Li Na's was that bad, just that her accent is very thick...

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:43 PM
What about you? Can you say at least a few decent sentences in other languages than English?

:rolleyes:

I speak french fluently and take spanish and greek at school. this th\read isnt about me even though you seem to want to make it about me

Andreas
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:46 PM
Alona Bondarenko, I feel so sorry for her, when the interviewer is asking a 1 minute long question and she just answers yes followed by the interviewer holding the microphone for some further seconds in front of her mouth.

I'm talking about after the match against Kirilenko in Dubai this year.

:awww:

Sexysova
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:47 PM
Roger's English is very good, you probably have never listened to him.. :rolleyes:

frenchie
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:48 PM
asian players are hopeless in general!

spanish and french have a very bad accent
(What's wrong with Nadal's ",NO?")

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:49 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsdTeT3aUmM



Rogers good:lol:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:50 PM
Nadal is bad and concieted lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Bj01OkRK4

Dawson.
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:53 PM
lots of players are not good...especially when they come from non-english speaking countries
Roger s english is not good,Nadal is even worse
lindsay communicates well

rogers english is excellent! he also speaks 2 languages i believe
and lindsays first language is english, i expect nothing less than her to communicate well :lol:
as for nadal, to say that he couldnt speak very much english at all a few years ago, id say hes done pretty well to pick it up as fast as he has done, and its only going to get better in time

Svetlana.
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:54 PM
:rolleyes:

I speak french fluently and take spanish and greek at school. this th\read isnt about me even though you seem to want to make it about me

so... you opened this thread to bash international players for not speaking perfect English? classy move...

Dawson.
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:55 PM
plus its difficult for chineese players to speak english, they fins it hard to pronounce certain letters in the english alphabet, so i think she has done very well

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:58 PM
so... you opened this thread to bash international players for not speaking perfect English? classy move...

One if your so against this thread why did you come and see if I answered you

And

Two I opened it to find out how other players(ones that ive never heard speak)spoke. After being suprised by Na, i wanted to find out about others. Now do everyonre a favor and stop trying to get attention

Danči Dementia
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:03 PM
Svetlana english is not that good.....

Roger´s is very very good...

Nadal´s english suck but he is so hot...:)

supergrunt
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:26 PM
Well, Chinese and English are SOOO different so no wonder Na Li's English is subpar.

Olórin
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:32 PM
Chinese peoples' mouths are actually shaped differently (inside obviously) from people in countries that speak English, French etc. They will actually find it hard to produce certain words and make particular sounds because their language is so different; when they are growing up their palette is shaped by saying certain words and making certain sounds a lot and the tongue becomes accustomed to particular movements etc. It makes it so hard to become fluent, particularly in a hotspotch language like English.

It's a two way street, Chinese is phenomenally hard for Westerners to learn, apparently there is quite a small number of non-natives who can actually pass themselves off as fluent Chinese speakers.

The Daviator
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:33 PM
Roger's English is as good as a native speaker.

Spanish and Chinese players generally have the worst English because English isn't that important/useful in those countries, Eastern Europeans have pretty good English.

frontier
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:33 PM
Are you sure English is your first language? :tape:I think you need to take some time listening to his interviews.... he doesnt articulate himself well... contradicts himself a lot.He is fluent in french and german but in english I give him c+:o

gardengnome3
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:35 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong but 1)not speaking English well and 2) having a 'strong' accent are two different things...

sabandborg
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:36 PM
Jennifer Capriati.

The Daviator
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:36 PM
I think you need to take some time listening to his interviews.... he doesnt articulate himself well... contradicts himself a lot.He is fluent in french and german but in english I give him c+:o

Do you speak fluent French and German?

frontier
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:38 PM
English is really hard for the Chinese,a friend of mine from China is still struggling with english after 10yrs in Canada...she went back to China for vacation and she had to take esl classes when she came back:lol::lol::lol::tape:

swissmr
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:39 PM
I literally cringe when Nadal is interviewed.

Olórin
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:40 PM
I literally cringe when Nadal is interviewed.

It's cute though really :lol:

Expat
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:44 PM
Chinese peoples' mouths are actually shaped differently (inside obviously) from people in countries that speak English, French etc. They will actually find it hard to produce certain words and make particular sounds because their language is so different; when they are growing up their palette is shaped by saying certain words and making certain sounds a lot and the tongue becomes accustomed to particular movements etc. It makes it so hard to become fluent, particularly in a hotspotch language like English.

It's a two way street, Chinese is phenomenally hard for Westerners to learn, apparently there is quite a small number of non-natives who can actually pass themselves off as fluent Chinese speakers.
true the biggest difference is that the sino tibetan japanese or korean are tonal languages
the japanese have been trying to learn english since the meiji (1868)era and have still not got there

frontier
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:46 PM
Do you speak fluent French and German?I have family members that speak german and french and they tell me he is fluent:)

Lefty.
Aug 11th, 2008, 12:03 AM
lots of players are not good...especially when they come from non-english speaking countries
Roger s english is not good,Nadal is even worse
lindsay communicates well

You clearly haven't heard Roger speak before. :o

Natash.
Aug 11th, 2008, 12:05 AM
Kirilenko's English isn't the best but it has improved so much. Improves everytime I see her interviewed. :)

Berlin_Calling
Aug 11th, 2008, 12:27 AM
Jennifer Capriati.

:haha:

Slumpsova
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:07 AM
Ana's accent is awful considering she is a top player who should have passed a lot of interviews.

Chakvetadze doesn't have much to talk in English as well.

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:10 AM
Spanish and Chinese players generally have the worst English because English isn't that important/useful in those countries, Eastern Europeans have pretty good English.

Exactly . There are like 600 000 000 of spanish speakers . English is not so necessary for us

drake3781
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:30 AM
At least they can speak english, not their native tongue or first language, you can you speak their language. Broaden your mind befor e you post here.

so... you opened this thread to bash international players for not speaking perfect English? classy move...


These players are traveling international businesswomen.

They need to be able to not only deal with all that international travel safely and effectively, where the common language is English, but also they need to speak decent English for their job.... to talk to umpires, trainers, tournament officials, and other players. Some of this can be done in their native languages, some can be done by a paid spokesperson (maybe a bi-lingual coach) but being able to communicate effectively in English is important to them being able to do their jobs and succeed.


Alona Bondarenko, I feel so sorry for her, when the interviewer is asking a 1 minute long question and she just answers yes followed by the interviewer holding the microphone for some further seconds in front of her mouth.

I'm talking about after the match against Kirilenko in Dubai this year.

:awww:

:lol: I would love to see this.. is it available anywhere?

slamchamp
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:40 AM
C6puja :hug:

ArturoAce.
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:54 AM
has anyone heard akiko morigami speak?
its incredible..i thought it would be bad, but she sounds really good..:)

ArturoAce.
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:58 AM
http://www.fedcup.com/news/audio.asp

heres a bunch of interviews if you really want to know who speaks horrible enlgish:)

Irute
Aug 11th, 2008, 02:16 AM
C6puja :hug:


Perhaps his (her?) grammar is... well; but he (she?) makes his (her?) point clearer than many native English speakers. ;)

DONGMEI
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:11 AM
I was watching Li Nas WTATOUR.com video and was shoked by her english I alaws thought she speak it well idk why:lol:



Can you guys tell me who else speaks english badly??

do u speak good chinese :rolleyes:
somehow, i don't find you write good english :shrug:

faboozadoo15
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:19 AM
Roger s english is not good,Nadal is even worse


:tape: :haha: And what of your English?

drake3781
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:19 AM
Zheng had really funny English from Wimbledon. Mixed up sounding in a cute way, came out OK.

Rising Sun
Aug 11th, 2008, 03:42 AM
true the biggest difference is that the sino tibetan japanese or korean are tonal languages
the japanese have been trying to learn english since the meiji (1868)era and have still not got there
Actually, Japanese and Korean aren't tonal languages...

kwilliams
Aug 11th, 2008, 04:09 AM
English is a difficult language to learn and I think most players speak it just fine. It's not necessary to have error free speech to be understood in English (at least not if the listener is fluent and makes an effort to discern what the speaker is saying). Learning a language is a long enough process too, it takes a lot of time and practice and it's easy enough to regress. These players already have a demanding job so I think it's great that they have found the time to learn some English too. As long as they can convey how they feel I think that's great!

ElusiveChanteuse
Aug 11th, 2008, 04:44 AM
Yeah, those players won't have the chance like us to go for proper English lessons. The only way they learn is by talking with other people either with their coaches, training partners, or other players etc. Of course some players are exceptions e.g. Maria or any other players who were already in US since they were young.:)

The Dawntreader
Aug 11th, 2008, 07:39 AM
Yeah Zheng wasnt terribly coherent at Wimbledon, and it was her bad luck in a way that she reached the semis, which equals frequently long interviews:lol:

Still i thought it was pretty good though, she gave the fullest answers she could:)

Ana's english has improved tremendously, i remember back in 05 her english was basically just a block of volume:lol:

The Dawntreader
Aug 11th, 2008, 07:43 AM
English is a difficult language to learn and I think most players speak it just fine. It's not necessary to have error free speech to be understood in English (at least not if the listener is fluent and makes an effort to discern what the speaker is saying). Learning a language is a long enough process too, it takes a lot of time and practice and it's easy enough to regress. These players already have a demanding job so I think it's great that they have found the time to learn some English too. As long as they can convey how they feel I think that's great!

Oh absolutely, probably the steepest lurning curve in a language. There's just so many intricacies in the phrasing.

Generally english is spoken well by most top pros. I think Nadal speaks english well, his accent is just extremely thick.

Nikkiri
Aug 11th, 2008, 07:46 AM
Kirilenko's English isn't the best but it has improved so much. Improves everytime I see her interviewed. :)

Her broken English is so cute :awww: :sobbing:

Rhémila
Aug 11th, 2008, 07:47 AM
Francesca Schiavone :angel:

lynxy
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:19 AM
Chinese peoples' mouths are actually shaped differently (inside obviously) from people in countries that speak English, French etc. They will actually find it hard to produce certain words and make particular sounds because their language is so different; when they are growing up their palette is shaped by saying certain words and making certain sounds a lot and the tongue becomes accustomed to particular movements etc. It makes it so hard to become fluent, particularly in a hotspotch language like English.

I would very much like to see any evidence you can provide, from the internet on this palate moulding but I suspect there isn't any. Mainly language difficulties are in the mind. The older you get, the more difficult to adapt.
This thread could be useful if interviewers would use it to avoid certain players, and spare us the pain...

daniel122292
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:31 AM
i think if they can speak any enligsh thats awesome compared to americans who hardly know anything besides enligsh

So Disrespectful
Aug 11th, 2008, 08:36 AM
Alona :hearts:
Bad English Here (http://www.fedcup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/FC_4938_mp3.MP3)

JohnBoy
Aug 11th, 2008, 09:00 AM
Eleni Daniilidou's English is great!

AnywhereButHome
Aug 11th, 2008, 09:08 AM
Jankovic

AnywhereButHome
Aug 11th, 2008, 09:10 AM
Also Kuznetsova I think she doesn't speak English very well :devil:

barboza
Aug 11th, 2008, 09:24 AM
The thread starter needs to shut up because her english was fine and understandable from watching the video.

Harvs
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:04 AM
i no she speaks it well but i HATE ivanovic's accent, i cant listen to her lol

altho i love every other aspect of her:):):)

spiceboy
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:20 AM
English is a difficult language to learn and I think most players speak it just fine. It's not necessary to have error free speech to be understood in English (at least not if the listener is fluent and makes an effort to discern what the speaker is saying). Learning a language is a long enough process too, it takes a lot of time and practice and it's easy enough to regress. These players already have a demanding job so I think it's great that they have found the time to learn some English too. As long as they can convey how they feel I think that's great!

English is one of the easiest languages to learn, no doubt. Its grammar is a joke compared to German, Spanish, French, Italian (let alone Russian, Chinese, Japanese...)

frontier
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:26 AM
:tape: :haha: And what of your English?lovely mon ami!!!:kiss::p

supergrunt
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:34 AM
English is one of the easiest languages to learn, no doubt. Its grammar is a joke compared to German, Spanish, French, Italian (let alone Russian, Chinese, Japanese...)

I think that English is relatively hard. Ver few native English speakers even speak it grammatically correct and their are basically no rules in terms of grammar.

Andreas
Aug 11th, 2008, 10:47 AM
Jankovic

Jankovic doesn't speak bad English at all. She kinda lives in USA ;)

Rui.
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:26 AM
I think that English is relatively hard. Ver few native English speakers even speak it grammatically correct and their are basically no rules in terms of grammar.

i had classes of some 4 or 5 languages and believe me English is the easiest of them all...

kinseh
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:38 AM
Most players have really strong accents. We don't have many players who are really bad at English. Rafa is, of course, a good example on the ATP Tour, but Rafa has improved a lot. A couple of years ago, he couldn't say a world in English.

kinseh
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:40 AM
I think that English is relatively hard. Ver few native English speakers even speak it grammatically correct and their are basically no rules in terms of grammar.

The English grammar is NOTHING compared to languages like Russian, Chinese, and Japanese. English is actually one of the easier languages to learn.

spiceboy
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:42 AM
I think that English is relatively hard. Ver few native English speakers even speak it grammatically correct and their are basically no rules in terms of grammar.

Do you speak any other language? Do you know how future is constructed in English? Just place will before the verb and that's all :haha: The past? Just add -ed to the verb or learn the form for irregular verb and that's all :tape:

Take Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German... you'll have to learn 6 different endings for each person (I/you/he-she/we/you/they) that are not always following a rule. For a Spanish person, Italian and Portuguese are relatively easy to study as we are used to the grammar and they share a latin root but German is truly a nightmare for us :bigcry: English, if nothing to do with romanic languages, has an extremely easy grammar and the most difficult part for us is the speaking as sounds are so different from ours. A funny thing for us Spaniards is that all English native speakers think that we speak so fast but for us is the other way around...you guys speak soooooo fast :lol:

Daniela-Is-Mine
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:45 AM
do u speak good chinese :rolleyes:
somehow, i don't find you write good english :shrug:

:rolleyes:

Shoulderpova
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:47 AM
English is one of the easiest languages to learn, no doubt. Its grammar is a joke compared to German, Spanish, French, Italian (let alone Russian, Chinese, Japanese...)

Totally agree! English pronunciation is a bit confusing but the rest of the language is quite easy.

Ksenia.
Aug 11th, 2008, 11:54 AM
I find English quite easy as well :shrug: I also speak Russian and Estonian, they're much more harder IMO.

supergrunt
Aug 11th, 2008, 12:08 PM
Do you speak any other language? Do you know how future is constructed in English? Just place will before the verb and that's all :haha: The past? Just add -ed to the verb or learn the form for irregular verb and that's all :tape:

Take Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German... you'll have to learn 6 different endings for each person (I/you/he-she/we/you/they) that are not always following a rule. For a Spanish person, Italian and Portuguese are relatively easy to study as we are used to the grammar and they share a latin root but German is truly a nightmare for us :bigcry: English, if nothing to do with romanic languages, has an extremely easy grammar and the most difficult part for us is the speaking as sounds are so different from ours. A funny thing for us Spaniards is that all English native speakers think that we speak so fast but for us is the other way around...you guys speak soooooo fast :lol:

Wow...first of all calm down. This is not a life or death situation :unsure: . Anyways, yes I take Spanish and have so for a few years. I have also taken Latin. So yes I have studied another language.

nicidle
Aug 11th, 2008, 12:43 PM
chakvetadze .. if i spell her name correctly..

Sammm
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:21 PM
First of all, I study languages at university, so I know how hard it can be to improve one's language skills. And these guys are tennis players, not linguists, so I have huge respect for any player who tries to improve their English.
I think Mauresmo speaks good English with a nice accent- lots of French players forget to say their h's (I ave...); she doesn't. Clijsters used to speak great English - and I'm sure she still does!- and I guess that's partly because she went out with Hewitt and partly because her mother tongue is Flemish which isn't that far removed from English. Finally, I think Dementieva has the nicest accent out of the Russians - so many of them speak with a really thick accent, but hers is nice, even if she does make a few mistakes.

:rolleyes: at whomever said Federer speaks bad English. He speaks English beautifully - a lovely accent, good epression, and he never has to search for a word, it comes naturally to him. His French is almost perfect too.

And I think people are being at bit harsh towards Nadal. :sad: He's made lots of progress. Although it was funny and cute this year when he was interviewed straight after winning Wimbledon and he misunderstood Sue Barker's questions ;) But it's understandable - he had just won Wimbledon, after all! Hopefully his accent will improve. Btw, has anyone heard him speak Spanish? His Majorcan accent is sooo strong!

lympyisthebest
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:31 PM
English is one of the easiest languages to learn, no doubt. Its grammar is a joke compared to German, Spanish, French, Italian (let alone Russian, Chinese, Japanese...)

I've studied German, and English grammar is soooo easy compared to German grammar. :tape:

Chinese grammar is pretty easy, but their vocab is incredibly difficult.

I think that English is relatively hard. Ver few native English speakers even speak it grammatically correct and their are basically no rules in terms of grammar.

Yes there are, the problem is native English speakers just aren't taught them at school, whereas non-native speakers are taught the rules when learning the language.

spiceboy
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:37 PM
I think Mauresmo speaks good English with a nice accent- lots of French players forget to say their h's (I ave...); she doesn't.

Exactly the opposite as the Spaniards who tend to exaggerate them :lol:

Sammm
Aug 11th, 2008, 01:58 PM
Exactly the opposite as the Spaniards who tend to exaggerate them :lol:

Are you Spanish, Spiceboy? And do you exaggerate your hs?:p

spiceboy
Aug 11th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Yeah, I'm Spanish but I try not to :lol:

crazillo
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:06 PM
Well first of all, English is one of the easiest languages to learn. The hardest part is probably pronuncation/intonation.

I have been living in China and Mandarin is easy and difficult at the same time. It has NOTHING in common with European languages. Everything sounds so different for us. Even words that are the same in many European languages are completely different! The tones are reeeeeally important, you shouldn't call your mother a horse for example. lol And the difference sounds marginal at first; espacially when you communicate you sometimes don't even notice it, but it IS important. And there's still the characters to learn if you want to write, which is very challenging -- or actually to remember them over a longer period of time.
The grammar is probably as easy as the English one though, just different... lol

Still, most players have decent English. I fully understand them, probably cuz I used to teach Chinese kids and therefore am used to weird pronuncations (just ask a Chinese student to pronounce "strange"...) and cuz I have many international friends I am talking to in English. But still I think most are really more than OK.

I think it is important that they can get around easily and also talk about stuff apart from tennis. It's important for interaction with other players and everyone else... But they have to be fine with it. In the end, it matters most what they produce on the court!!
BTW, the WTA REQUIRES players to learn English up to a certain level IMO... At least I think so.

frenchie
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:11 PM
English is very easy to learn to me but a lot of french people are bad at it because our teaching methods are horrible; We have english lessons in french!!

On the other hand german is awfully difficult to learn. I learned it for 6 years and all I can say is my age, name...
I never understood the end of the words (der den dem es en em e!!!!!)

debopero
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:16 PM
English is very easy to learn to me but a lot of french people are bad at it because our teaching methods are horrible; We have english lessons in french!!

On the other hand german is awfully difficult to learn. I learned it for 6 years and all I can say is my age, name...
I never understood the end of the words (der den dem es en em e!!!!!)

I wish French was easy to learn :sad: .

frenchie
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:22 PM
I wish French was easy to learn :sad: .

I find it easy:devil:
when you're a native french speaker it's easier to learn latin language like spanish italian or romanian

But I want to learn icelandic. so beautiful:hearts:
I only know that "takk" is "than you"

debopero
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:24 PM
I find it easy:devil:
when you're a native french speaker it's easier to learn latin language like spanish italian or romanian

But I want to learn icelandic. so beautiful:hearts:
I only know that "takk" is "than you"

I just do not get French. I mean, when do you connect the words? Do you have to :o ?

Mina Vagante
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:38 PM
Do you speak any other language? Do you know how future is constructed in English? Just place will before the verb and that's all :haha: The past? Just add -ed to the verb or learn the form for irregular verb and that's all :tape:

Take Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German... you'll have to learn 6 different endings for each person (I/you/he-she/we/you/they) that are not always following a rule. For a Spanish person, Italian and Portuguese are relatively easy to study as we are used to the grammar and they share a latin root but German is truly a nightmare for us :bigcry: English, if nothing to do with romanic languages, has an extremely easy grammar and the most difficult part for us is the speaking as sounds are so different from ours. A funny thing for us Spaniards is that all English native speakers think that we speak so fast but for us is the other way around...you guys speak soooooo fast :lol:

OMG, Spanish people speak sooo fast that sometimes it just sounds like a blur :tape: Sometimes I cant understand them :sad: I say 'por favor, hablas menos rapido?' is that right :rolleyes::)

I find English quite easy as well :shrug: I also speak Russian and Estonian, they're much more harder IMO.


Lucky :ras:

Mina Vagante
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:41 PM
First of all, I study languages at university, so I know how hard it can be to improve one's language skills. And these guys are tennis players, not linguists, so I have huge respect for any player who tries to improve their English.
I think Mauresmo speaks good English with a nice accent- lots of French players forget to say their h's (I ave...); she doesn't. Clijsters used to speak great English - and I'm sure she still does!- and I guess that's partly because she went out with Hewitt and partly because her mother tongue is Flemish which isn't that far removed from English. Finally, I think Dementieva has the nicest accent out of the Russians - so many of them speak with a really thick accent, but hers is nice, even if she does make a few mistakes.

:rolleyes: at whomever said Federer speaks bad English. He speaks English beautifully - a lovely accent, good epression, and he never has to search for a word, it comes naturally to him. His French is almost perfect too.

And I think people are being at bit harsh towards Nadal. :sad: He's made lots of progress. Although it was funny and cute this year when he was interviewed straight after winning Wimbledon and he misunderstood Sue Barker's questions ;) But it's understandable - he had just won Wimbledon, after all! Hopefully his accent will improve. Btw, has anyone heard him speak Spanish? His Majorcan accent is sooo strong!

WOW, Which languages do you study? :)

spiceboy
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:43 PM
OMG, Spanish people speak sooo fast that sometimes it just sounds like a blur :tape: Sometimes I cant understand them :sad: I say 'por favor, hablas menos rapido?' is that right :rolleyes::)


:lol: :hug:

That sounds a bit weird. Just say: 'Podrías hablar más despacio, por favor?'

debopero
Aug 13th, 2008, 08:43 PM
OMG, Spanish people speak sooo fast that sometimes it just sounds like a blur :tape: Sometimes I cant understand them :sad: I say 'por favor, hablas menos rapido?' is that right :rolleyes::)




Lucky :ras:

I agree with you on the Spanish thing. I mean gosh. Could they talk any faster?

Lucas
Aug 13th, 2008, 09:03 PM
Jennifer Capriati.

Sabandborg, this is, well, you know...like, so true.

Like, I mean...Poor Cappy :lol:

ChriS.
Aug 13th, 2008, 10:19 PM
I was watching Li Nas WTATOUR.com video and was shoked by her english I alaws thought she speak it well idk why:lol:



Can you guys tell me who else speaks english badly??Unless she was very rich as a child she probably did not receive good English tuition at school. Chinese rarely get taught English by native speakers. She is probably surrounded by Chinese coaches etc on tour so does not actually speak English that much.

Mina Vagante
Aug 13th, 2008, 10:36 PM
:lol: :hug:

That sounds a bit weird. Just say: 'Podrías hablar más despacio, por favor?'

Ahh that's it 'despacio'... I knew the word I just didn't want to spell it wrong ;)

Uh oh, I get my results for Spanish in a week.. I hope it's good :unsure:

I have a prediciotn of A, so if I don't get it it's going to make me look bad :scared:

Dennis^^
Aug 13th, 2008, 10:41 PM
Krajicek is pretty good in english!

Butterfly14
Aug 13th, 2008, 10:45 PM
I think in men, Nadal, davydenko and Tsonga are very hard to understand. Many times i have hard time understanding Marat. When he is arguing with umpries and is mad. Its very hard to understand what he says. Some times i have to listen couple of times to make sure he is speaking english not russian or spanish. But in his press conferences he speaks VERY good english.

In women. For some reason i have hard time understanding Ivanovic. The reason is not because she does not know good english. BUT she smiles A LOT while talking and talks really low and fast. Makes it really hard to understand her when she talks amd smiling while talking. I dont know how she do it. :)

youizahoe
Aug 13th, 2008, 11:28 PM
Zheng and Ivanovic.

Cakeisgood
Aug 14th, 2008, 04:23 AM
Zheng's is good for a Native Chinese. Also to the OP, your sentences barely seem coherent to me either, so I wouldn't be exactly criticizing. Use the spell check function that comes with your browser :)

Also, I find it awful that a lot of North American people (not saying on here, but in general), like in the media and in everyday life make so much fun of ESL people. The percentage of Caucasian people who can speak two languages is quite low in the USA (many Canadians speak their other official language French) and yet, they berate people for their language problems. If you are like this, I do hope that you will change because karma is a bitch, and if you travel one day, perhaps you will know what it is like to communicate in a foreign land.

spec7er
Aug 14th, 2008, 05:20 AM
Zheng was cute when she was being interviewed before her SF match. Whenever they showed her press conference, I kind of felt already that her English wouldn't be good but she did well enough. I understood the gist of most of what she said. Dementieva has a nice accent. Maybe it's because she's fluent in French that she has a less scratchy accent compared to other Russians. Nadal's english has improved so much. He has trouble with the tenses and it's very evident in his facial expressions that he's searching for the right words when he's being interviewd in english. Most of the german players, I would assume are good english speakers because German is pretty close to English (and I would assume the same for those who speak Dutch).

svetaisthebest
Aug 14th, 2008, 05:57 AM
lots of players are not good...especially when they come from non-english speaking countries
Roger s english is not good,Nadal is even worse
lindsay communicates well

Roger's english is fine :rolleyes::help:

Also Kuznetsova I think she doesn't speak English very well :devil:

Sveta's improved a lot -her english is pretty good now :p