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RobTheRusski
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:10 PM
I think it's cool learning about the players and what they speak. For example, I had no idea Nicole V. was fluent in German, and I thought it was pretty awesome for Lena D to bust out the French a few years back in her runner up speech at Roland Garros. Anyone know of any other players that are fluent in something else besides English and their native tongue?

yukon145
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:14 PM
Golovin can speak french, russian, and english.

FrenchY52
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:15 PM
Yes, Tati is a linguist

FrenchY52
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:15 PM
I think Amélie can also speaks German

FrenchY52
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:16 PM
Jankovic speaks "Serbian", english and French .. Maggie Maleeva also speaks French

vswfan
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:17 PM
Venus and Serena can speak French
and Venus can speak Italian and a little Russian as well

Danči Dementia
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:18 PM
Dani speaks German, English, Italian and she is laerning frech

Danči Dementia
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:18 PM
Nicole speaks german too

FrenchY52
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:20 PM
In Many countries (Anyway in France) at school you learn English and you HAVE to take another language so all the french can speak at least 3 languages and i think it's the same in many places ( of course, not in the USA where often, they are just able to speak english ) .

¤CharlDa¤
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:23 PM
Venus and Serena can speak French
and Venus can speak Italian and a little Russian as well

I love both, but Serena's french is soooooo limited, compared to someone like Elena D.

:inlove:
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:29 PM
Svetlana speaks Spanish (along with Russian & English...Maybe some other languages i am not sure. :shrug: )

Danči Dementia
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:29 PM
In Many countries (Anyway in France) at school you learn English and you HAVE to take another language so all the french can speak at least 3 languages and i think it's the same in many places ( of course, not in the USA where often, they are just able to speak english ) .


And also here we have to be learning english since kindergarden ;) wich is good and rigth now Im learning Frech in the school too. But you don't have other choice for example if you wanna learn German you will have to go to other place different than your school. english is obligatory and French optional.

I like both (well I frech is lovely but its also harder than english)

RJWCapriati
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:30 PM
Venus is very smart

Filippo-Nastya
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:31 PM
Pennetta speaks very well Spanish (because she lives in Spain with bf Carlos Moya since 2 years).

*JR*
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:31 PM
Sveta speaks fluent Spanish, having trained for years in Barcelona. (I think Nadya speaks Polish for the same reason, after her years in Cracow). Manu speaks French and Italian. (As does Sandrine, who married her Italian coach). Marti of course speaks Czech and German, and in Misa's case, its Czech and Dutch. Smash would be fluent in Russian, Hebrew, and Italian. And the Peppermint Puzzle speaks German and French.

RobTheRusski
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:32 PM
I mean like who speaks them pretty fluently.. I guess we don't get to hear them speak it too often, but I've heard Venus' "italian", and shes trying, but I really don't count it as speaking another language... On a side note, how do these players seriously have time to learn English? Is there anyone who doesn't speak english, like at all?

*JR*
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Is there anyone who doesn't speak english, like at all?
The main Chinese players speak very little English, I hear.

FrenchY52
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:35 PM
I mean like who speaks them pretty fluently.. I guess we don't get to hear them speak it too often, but I've heard Venus' "italian", and shes trying, but I really don't count it as speaking another language... On a side note, how do these players seriously have time to learn English? Is there anyone who doesn't speak english, like at all?

I think Rafa didn't speak it well at all but when you travel all over the world, it's very fast to learn .

RobTheRusski
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:38 PM
Top Ten Players and their languages:

1) Amelie Mauresmo- French, English, German?? (does anyone have proof of this one)

2) Kim Clijsters- Flemish, English (does anyone know if she speaks French?)

3) Nadia Petrova- Russian, English, Polish

4) Maria Sharapova- English, Russian (how is her russian btw?)

5) JHH- French, English

6) Mary Pierce- English, French (props to Mary on improving her french bigtime)

7) Lindsay Davenport- English

8) Lena D- Russian, English, French

9) Patty Schnyder- German, English, French

10) Kuzzie- Russian, Spanish, English

feel free to add if im missing some..

KV
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:41 PM
How about Safina? Ask Spiceboy, she's fluent in Spanish.

FrenchY52
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:41 PM
Top Ten Players and their languages:

1) Amelie Mauresmo- French, English, German?? (does anyone have proof of this one)

2) Kim Clijsters- Flemish, English (does anyone know if she speaks French?)

3) Nadia Petrova- Russian, English, Polish

4) Maria Sharapova- English, Russian (how is her russian btw?)

5) JHH- French, English

6) Mary Pierce- English, French (props to Mary on improving her french bigtime)

7) Lindsay Davenport- English

8) Lena D- Russian, English, French

9) Patty Schnyder- German, English, French

10) Kuzzie- Russian, Spanish, English

feel free to add if im missing some..

A French commentator in Berlin said Amé speaks german a little .
KIm speaks a very little french , i've heard her .

40-0
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:42 PM
vee learning my native language :) spanish

Elisse
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:43 PM
Romina Oprandi speaks German, Italian, English, French and some Spanish!! :hearts:


:worship:

crazillo
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:46 PM
Nicole is fluent at German because she was born here and lived in Germany until she turned six years old. :)

Danči Dementia
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:47 PM
Top Ten Players and their languages:

1) Amelie Mauresmo- French, English, German?? (does anyone have proof of this one)

2) Kim Clijsters- Flemish, English (does anyone know if she speaks French?)

3) Nadia Petrova- Russian, English, Polish

4) Maria Sharapova- English, Russian (how is her russian btw?)

5) JHH- French, English

6) Mary Pierce- English, French (props to Mary on improving her french bigtime)

7) Lindsay Davenport- English

8) Lena D- Russian, English, French

9) Patty Schnyder- German, English, French

10) Kuzzie- Russian, Spanish, English

feel free to add if im missing some..

Flemish :confused: Im sorry but I've never heard that one wht is like and if Justine speaks that one too or in what language she speaks with kim. I've always tought that Kim speaks french

RobTheRusski
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:49 PM
Flemish :confused: Im sorry but I've never heard that one wht is like and if Justine speaks that one too or in what language she speaks with kim. I've always tought that Kim speaks french

Flemish is one of the languages in Belgium.. It's very close to Dutch, and I believe Kim is from the Flemish speaking part and Justine is from the French speaking.. I dont know what language they use to communicate, I'm assuming English.. Kim's level of English runs circles around Justine's though.. but i guess they can still communicate

Danči Dementia
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:53 PM
Flemish is one of the languages in Belgium.. It's very close to Dutch, and I believe Kim is from the Flemish speaking part and Justine is from the French speaking.. I dont know what language they use to communicate, I'm assuming English.. Kim's level of English runs circles around Justine's though.. but i guess they can still communicate

Oh :worship: I was looking for that in wikipedia but you answered befor thank you.

Kim english is great :)

mike/topgun
Jun 11th, 2006, 09:56 PM
well I heard Nicole and Dani speaking english and german
Patty must speak some french too
Kuzzy, Dinara speak spanish
Km and her french:rolleys:

Reuchlin
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:22 PM
Venus and Serena can speak French
and Venus can speak Italian and a little Russian as well
They've only been learning it for a little while: meaning they speak it at a very low level.

Reuchlin
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:26 PM
I mean like who speaks them pretty fluently.. I guess we don't get to hear them speak it too often, but I've heard Venus' "italian", and shes trying, but I really don't count it as speaking another language... On a side note, how do these players seriously have time to learn English? Is there anyone who doesn't speak english, like at all?
They don't learn it from books, they learn it from living in Florida.

Josh
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:32 PM
The language Kim speaks is called Dutch, not Flemish. Flemish is often wrongly used for the Dutch spoken in Belgium but in fact it's only a dialect spoken in the west of Belgium, the southeast of the Netherlands and the north of France.

itzhak
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:32 PM
Lena's french is awsome...

iPatty
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Kuznetsova speaks English, Spanish, and Russian.

I know Patty Schnyder speaks English, German, and French. I think Hingis does too. :shrug:

TomTennis
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:40 PM
They've only been learning it for a little while: meaning they speak it at a very low level.

no, they have only been learning Italian and Russain for a while.

Venus is really good in French. back in 2004, she gave a post match on court interview entirely in french, where she was able to respond to french questions and answer in french. And taht was 2 years ago now, so I would say she has very good french.

Havent heard her Italian or Russain, but Im sure she will get them! She is very smart!

Reuchlin
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:42 PM
no, they have only been learning Italian and Russain for a while.

Venus is really good in French. back in 2004, she gave a post match on court interview entirely in french, where she was able to respond to french questions and answer in french. And taht was 2 years ago now, so I would say she has very good french.

Havent heard her Italian or Russain, but Im sure she will get them! She is very smart!

Do you speak French?

Hayato
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:46 PM
Hana Sromova speaks fluent Czech, English and German :cool:

Tarlak
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:48 PM
The language Kim speaks is called Dutch, not Flemish. Flemish is often wrongly used for the Dutch spoken in Belgium but in fact it's only a dialect spoken in the west of Belgium, the southeast of the Netherlands and the north of France.


Exactly, it's Dutch and not Flemish :D Flemish is a dialect of Dutch ;)

Vaidisova speaks Czech, English, German and, perhaps, Slovak (an almost similar language of Czech...). She learns French.

And I congratulate Dementieva for her perfect French :D

TomTennis
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:50 PM
Do you speak French?

no I dont, but seen as the english commentator that was translating what she was saying does speak French, I pretty much trusted him.

Tarlak
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:50 PM
I know Patty Schnyder speaks English, German, and French. I think Hingis does too. :shrug:

I think Hingis doesn't speak French...

Reuchlin
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:51 PM
no I dont, but seen as the english commentator that was translating what she was saying does speak French, I pretty much trusted him.
But you can't judge her French YOURSELF unless you speak it...

TomTennis
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:53 PM
But you can't judge her French YOURSELF unless you speak it...

i knew you were going to come up with something like that as soon as you asked the question "do you speak french"

God forbid that there is some people that can speak French :eek: If the commentator translating it said she was speaking good french, then I trust them, because on count less occasions they have translated so many other players speech.

Why is it so hard for you to accept???? :wavey: Dont be so closed minded! :rolleyes: :wavey:

iPatty
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:54 PM
I think Hingis doesn't speak French...

Really? I figured she would have. I know that there's a German speaking side of Switzerland and a French speaking side. I thought Patty was from the German side and Martina from the French.

:confused:

Josh
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:55 PM
Really? I figured she would have. I know that there's a German speaking side of Switzerland and a French speaking side. I thought Patty was from the German side and Martina from the French.

:confused:

Nah Martina also lives in the German speaking part.

Tarlak
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:58 PM
Really? I figured she would have. I know that there's a German speaking side of Switzerland and a French speaking side. I thought Patty was from the German side and Martina from the French.

:confused:

Hingis is born in Slovakia and lived in the German side of the Switzerland (I'm not sure).

I never didn't hear Hingis speaks French :o

iPatty
Jun 11th, 2006, 10:59 PM
Nah Martina also lives in the German speaking part.

Oh. Okay. My bad, then. I was mis-informed. :p :lol:

**Jelica**
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:08 PM
Lena's French is alot better than her English, which is okay, but her French is very, very good.

Ana Ivanovic speaks better German than English I heard (again though, her English is not amazing).

janko
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:14 PM
Venus and Serena are making efforts but it s hard for them to say anything in french except "bonjour", "je m'appelle" and "je vous aime"...

Kim Clijsters french isn t perfect but she can have a conversation in french

I think Schnyder speaks french
Dementieva has a very good french

All Czechs and Slovaks can understand each other even if languages are getting different ways and soon we will have to write czech subtitles for czech kids watching a slovak film, sad

Slavonic languages have many similarities

Tarlak
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:15 PM
Amélie Mauresmo - French, English, German??

Kim Clijsters - Dutch, English, little French

Nadia Petrova - Russian, English, Polish

Maria Sharapova - English, Russian

Justine Hénin - French, English

Mary Pierce - English, French

Lindsay Davenport - English

Elena Dementieva - Russian, French, English

Patty Schnyder - German, English, French

Svetlana Kuznetosva - Russian, Spanish, English

Ana Ivanovic - Serbian, German, English

Daniela Hantuchova - Slovak, Czech, English, learning Italian

Nicole Vaidisova - Czech, Slovak??, German, English, learning French

Martina Hingis - German, Slovak, English

Add other players :D

iPatty
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:15 PM
Venus and Serena are making efforts but it s hard for them to say anything in french except "bonjour", "je m'appelle" and "je vous aime"...

Kim Clijsters french isn t perfect but she can have a conversation in french

I think Schnyder speaks french
Dementieva has a very good french

All Czechs and Slovaks can understand each other even if languages are getting different ways and soon we will have to write czech subtitles for czech kids watching a slovak film, sad

Slavonic languages have many similarities

Yes, Patty does speak some French. I thought about saying all the Czech and Slovak tongues, but I didn't think they would be counted as different.

anlavalle
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:16 PM
I think Rafa didn't speak it well at all but when you travel all over the world, it's very fast to learn .

i don`t even understand him in spanish :tape:

janko
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:18 PM
i don`t even understand him in spanish :tape:

:lol: so am I

Joana
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:19 PM
Ana Ivanovic - "serbo-croatian" (I'm not sure...),

It's called Serbian. ;)
But she does speak Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin as well and can understand some Slovenian and Macedonian. :lol:

Tarlak
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:27 PM
It's called Serbian. ;)
But she does speak Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin as well and can understand some Slovenian and Macedonian. :lol:

Ok ;)

But what's serbo-croatian ? A regrouping of Slavic languages (Serbia, Croatien, Bosnian...) ?

A lot of atlas indicate serbo-croate is the native tongue of Serbia-Montenegro (Serbia and Montenegro today) and Croatia...

Joana
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:37 PM
Ok ;)

But what's serbo-croatian ? A regrouping of Slavic languages (Serbia, Croatien, Bosnian...) ?

A lot of atlas indicate serbo-croate is the native tongue of Serbia-Montenegro (Serbia and Montenegro today) and Croatia...

Serbo-Croatian was the official language of Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-1991). It was based on the idea that Serbian and Croatian are merely two variants of a single language, while Bosnian and Montenegrin weren't recognized at all. After the break-up of Yugoslavia Serbian and Croatian were finally separated and are now counted as two distinct languages. They are very similar, though, and the comprehension between the speakers is close to 100%.

Samyboy
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:45 PM
Dani speaks German, English, Italian and she is laerning frech

Not really. She speaks slovak, english, german and is learning italian.

Tarlak
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:46 PM
Serbo-Croatian was the official language of Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-1991). It was based on the idea that Serbian and Croatian are merely two variants of a single language, while Bosnian and Montenegrin weren't recognized at all. After the break-up of Yugoslavia Serbian and Croatian were finally separated and are now counted as two distinct languages. They are very similar, though, and the comprehension between the speakers is close to 100%.

Ok thank you, I would have learned something :D

Croatian official language in Croatia, Serbian is Serbia...

To conclude, Ivanovic speaks serbian :p

arn
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:47 PM
I heard Justine is not too bad in Dutch, but I never heard her speak it :shrug:

Samyboy
Jun 11th, 2006, 11:51 PM
I know Patty Schnyder speaks English, German, and French. I think Hingis does too. :shrug:

Hingis should speak slovak, too cause she was born there and her family are all slovaks.

anlavalle
Jun 12th, 2006, 12:18 AM
I want Amelie to learn some spanish, hope Sveta could teach she some words

LegionArgentina
Jun 12th, 2006, 12:24 AM
In Many countries (Anyway in France) at school you learn English and you HAVE to take another language so all the french can speak at least 3 languages and i think it's the same in many places ( of course, not in the USA where often, they are just able to speak english ) .

Same here. You have Spanish (native) and at school you learn English, some schools, also learn French or Italian.

auntie janie
Jun 12th, 2006, 12:29 AM
I heard Justine is not too bad in Dutch, but I never heard her speak it :shrug:

I remember during her long illness, her web site said she was studying Dutch.

And during Alicia Molik's illness, she said she was studying French. :)

mike/topgun
Jun 12th, 2006, 12:36 AM
Patty is from Basel - just like Roger- so she speaks German and French as well, and Martina (born in Kosice) now lives near Zurich, so she speaks very little French :rolleyes: Was she even going to school?
Yeah Kim's French is almost as *good* as Martina's - remember RG'99;)
Dani speaks fluently in German ;)
didn't hear Lena in French :confused:

RobTheRusski
Jun 12th, 2006, 01:13 AM
My personal ranking (subjective) of the top 15 players and their English skills:

1-3: Obviously go to Davenport, Pierce, and Venus
4: Sharapova
5: Hingis
6: Vaidisova
7: Clijsters
8: Momo (I'm so impressed by her English)
9: Myskina (her vocabulary is good, and her accent isn't strong at all)
10: Kuzzie (her accent is pretty strong, but her vocab is pretty decent)
11: Schnyder
12: JHH
13: Petrova
14: Franny
15: Lena D :(

serenafann
Jun 12th, 2006, 03:08 AM
Serena speaks"Bootleg Italian" according to Venus. LOL

Diam's
Jun 12th, 2006, 03:41 AM
I saw Patty 3 weeks ago on French TV and her French was good!

Thauron
Jun 12th, 2006, 10:02 AM
I heard Justine is not too bad in Dutch, but I never heard her speak it :shrug:

She probably has some knowledge of Dutch, since nowadays Dutch is an essential part in Wallonia's secondary school programs, as is French in the Flemish secondary (and last years of the primary school) school system.

That doesn't mean either Henin or Clijsters is brilliant in Dutch or French, of course, but they should be able to help themselves in these languages.

As for the confusion about Flemish versus Dutch. Clijsters speaks Dutch as a native language, as do more than half of all Belgians (those living in the Northern part of Belgium). Flemish is just a term used to designate all the Dutch dialects spoken in Flanders (in contrast to the Dutch spoken in the Netherlands).

bobcat
Jun 12th, 2006, 11:27 AM
My personal ranking (subjective) of the top 15 players and their English skills:

1-3: Obviously go to Davenport, Pierce, and Venus
4: Sharapova
5: Hingis
6: Vaidisova
7: Clijsters
8: Momo (I'm so impressed by her English)
9: Myskina (her vocabulary is good, and her accent isn't strong at all)
10: Kuzzie (her accent is pretty strong, but her vocab is pretty decent)
11: Schnyder
12: JHH
13: Petrova
14: Franny
15: Lena D :(

I would rank Clijsters higher than HIngis. Petrova seemed to have a pretty good accent. I would have to hear the others speaking again to refresh my memory.

lolas
Jun 12th, 2006, 01:07 PM
Patty is from Basel - just like Roger- so she speaks German and French as well, and Martina (born in Kosice) now lives near Zurich, so she speaks very little French :rolleyes: Was she even going to school?
Yeah Kim's French is almost as *good* as Martina's - remember RG'99;)
Dani speaks fluently in German ;)
didn't hear Lena in French :confused:

Elena's French is amazing whereas I would not say that Daniela speaks German fluently. But I've only heard one or two sentences of her German and that was in a post-match interview in Filderstadt(she might have been exhausted). Her use of words was pretty weird but nevertheless the sound of her voice was lovely :hearts:

I think most of the Russians speak a "low-quality" english. When I read through interviews of Russian players sometimes it gets very hard for me to figure out what they actually want to express with their words.

Samyboy
Jun 12th, 2006, 01:17 PM
Elena's French is amazing whereas I would not say that Daniela speaks German fluently. But I've only heard one or two sentences of her German and that was in a post-match interview in Filderstadt(she might have been exhausted). Her use of words was pretty weird but nevertheless the sound of her voice was lovely :hearts:


I saw two of Daniela´s interviews in german. The first one was in Linz 2004 after her match vs Lee-Waters and she only made one mistake. She said "aufschlagen" but the correct form in the sentence has been "aufgeschlagen". And she didn´t need time to think about the right words. Well, 2nd time she only said one sentence, Filderstadt 2005.
All in all I´d say her german is really good. Ok, she learnt it at school for about 6-8 years and she´s very talented with languages.

And yes, her voice is soo cute :hearts:

Brαm
Jun 12th, 2006, 01:22 PM
According to Carl Maes, captain of Belgium's Fed Cup team, the Belgian players talk to each other in French when Justine is on the team! That's quite a surprise as Kim Clijsters, Kirsten Flipkens and Caroline Maes are all Dutch-speaking. I guess Justine's Dutch is very limited.

V-fan
Jun 12th, 2006, 01:24 PM
Flemish is one of the languages in Belgium.. It's very close to Dutch, and I believe Kim is from the Flemish speaking part and Justine is from the French speaking.. I dont know what language they use to communicate, I'm assuming English.. Kim's level of English runs circles around Justine's though.. but i guess they can still communicate

Officially in Belgium they speak Dutch or French. So I'm not sure wheter Flemisch is consired to be a language or more a dialect.......Maybe a Belgian Wtaworld-member could tell us

Albireo
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:32 PM
Yes, Tati is a linguist

Knowing any number of languages doesn't make one a linguist-- linguistics has nothing to do with knowing X number of languages or doing translation. :)

-sugi-
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:35 PM
Shinobu Asagoe, Japanese, English and Chinese (The last two she is studying at university)

Duramont
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:39 PM
Anne Kremer can speak Luxembourgish, French, German, English and Spanish :angel:
She's obviously very good in English because she studied history in Stanford!

Mandy Minella can speak Luxembourgish, Italian (she has Italian origins), French, German and English :angel:

LUIS9
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:39 PM
I think Hingis doesn't speak French...

She understands a little. However, she does not speak French. So you're right. Federer's accent is subtler than Schnyder despite both being born in Basel. His french sounds more fluid.

LUIS9
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:44 PM
Officially in Belgium they speak Dutch or French. So I'm not sure wheter Flemisch is consired to be a language or more a dialect.......Maybe a Belgian Wtaworld-member could tell us

It is Dutch however, with it's own accent and idioms. Nevertheless, it's some what more diverged when comparing French spoken in france and that spoken in the other francophone countries.

It's sort of like comparing Quebecois to french, nonetheless, I don't think Flemish has other influences other than Germanic.

K-Dog
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:44 PM
i don`t even understand him in spanish :tape:
it is very hard to understand him. he speaks with that lisp that seems to be popular in certain parts of spain. i have been taking spanish classes since 1st grade and my minor in college is going to be spanish, and I find it extremely tough to understand him. btw, someone NEEDS to teach him english rapidamente. because his is terrible and the spanish he speaks is tough to understand for a non-native speaker like myself.

LUIS9
Jun 12th, 2006, 05:54 PM
it is very hard to understand him. he speaks with that lisp that seems to be popular in certain parts of spain. i have been taking spanish classes since 1st grade and my minor in college is going to be spanish, and I find it extremely tough to understand him. btw, someone NEEDS to teach him english rapidamente. because his is terrible and the spanish he speaks is tough to understand for a non-native speaker like myself.

His spanish sounds ok to me, just like that of the other spaniards perhaps with a bit heavier accent. However, you might have heard him speaking the native language of Mallorca, it is very different from spanish. The players from Barcelona too speak the native dialects of their native cities, I believe it's catalan for Barcelona, Arantxa is a good example.

Tichi
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:09 PM
Kim does speak French, her speech at RG 2001 as a runner up was partly done in French.
She communicates with Justine in French. (btw, every dutch speaking belgian learns French starting at 10 y.o., so she should be able to speak it properly)

And the French that Venus speaks is not fluent, she has a heavy accent.

FedExpress
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:17 PM
[...] All in all I´d say her german is really good. Ok, she learnt it at school for about 6-8 years and she´s very talented with languages.

And yes, her voice is soo cute :hearts:

Yes agree. I like her interviews in German. She always try to be friendly when she speaks German :)

auntie janie
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Anne Kremer can speak Luxembourgish, French, German, English and Spanish :angel:
She's obviously very good in English because she studied history in Stanford!

Mandy Minella can speak Luxembourgish, Italian (she has Italian origins), French, German and English :angel:

Luxembourgish! I've never heard of that! Is that a distinct language or a variant of French? :confused:

canuckfan
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:37 PM
On Aleksandra Wozniak's website, it says she speaks: french, english, polish, russian, german and spanish! :eek::eek::eek: And at 18 years old! :eek:

Duramont
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:38 PM
Luxembourgish! I've never heard of that! Is that a distinct language or a variant of French? :confused:

Yes it's a distinct language and familiar to Dutch (and a bit to German too)! :wavey:

Nearly all the newspapers are in German or in French though and French is the language for laws.

Luxembourgish is recognized as an official language after the law of 1990, before that year the members of the Parliament spoke French and the TV channel RTL was in French too ! ;)

LUIS9
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Exactly, it's Dutch and not Flemish :D Flemish is a dialect of Dutch ;)

Vaidisova speaks Czech, English, German and, perhaps, Slovak (an almost similar language of Czech...). She learns French.

And I congratulate Dementieva for her perfect French :D

Yes Dementieva's french is very good. I remember when she made the Roland '04 final she made tons of interviews in french, I was in france too and I got to see most of the interviews in FR2 FR5. I loved arte tv. :lol:

lilimi
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:41 PM
hingis can speak french. I remember a final she played against Serena in Montréal. Serena lost but did her speech in french (she tried and the public appreciated it!)so Martina spoke in french too.There is also the famous french open final against Graf, I m not sure but I think she did her speech in french (maybe in order to apologize for her attitude...).i think she understand french well...

HectorMagnus
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:45 PM
Anne Kremer can speak Luxembourgish, French, German, English and Spanish :angel:
She's obviously very good in English because she studied history in Stanford!

Mandy Minella can speak Luxembourgish, Italian (she has Italian origins), French, German and English :angel:


Anne rocks :rocker: :yeah:

very smart lady (I didn't know that she had studied history :hearts: )

cool :smooch:

LUIS9
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:46 PM
hingis can speak french. I remember a final she played against Serena in Montréal. Serena lost but did her speech in french (she tried and the public appreciated it!)so Martina spoke in french too.There is also the famous french open final against Graf, I m not sure but I think she did her speech in french (maybe in order to apologize for her attitude...).i think she understand french well...

Shes acquainted with the Language for sure. I mean she's lived in Switzerland for eons now (since she was 8). I am sure she took french in school since 20% of the swiss population speaks french. Mainly the Suisse Roman who live near the Jura, Geneve, Laussane and nearby cantons. However, her french is probably comparable to mine. :lol:

No.1Hingis
Jun 12th, 2006, 06:50 PM
Same here. You have Spanish (native) and at school you learn English, some schools, also learn French or Italian.

Yep.. same here in Mexico.. is obligatory to learn and speak english.. and then you can choice.. most people take the french side.. another italian which we consider is easier.. and german too..

I choose French.. beautiful lenguage.. but actually I forgot a lot things.. I have to back to my lessons..

Same has to happen with players.. but some in spain and france I guess are refusing to speak english... but.. well.. the Nadal case.. uhm.. yep is difficult to understand his SPANISH .. need to talk well 1 lenguage.. no matter what is it jeje!! spanish or english SORRY Rafa!!..

LUIS9
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:20 PM
Yep.. same here in Mexico.. is obligatory to learn and speak english.. and then you can choice.. most people take the french side.. another italian which we consider is easier.. and german too..

I choose French.. beautiful lenguage.. but actually I forgot a lot things.. I have to back to my lessons..

Same has to happen with players.. but some in spain and france I guess are refusing to speak english... but.. well.. the Nadal case.. uhm.. yep is difficult to understand his SPANISH .. need to talk well 1 lenguage.. no matter what is it jeje!! spanish or english SORRY Rafa!!..

:lol: No lo culpo porque es un Mallorqui. Sin embargo, me parece extrano que viviendo en Espana su espanol no ande mas pulido.

Jamion
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:33 PM
Well, what do you think about a thread about languages which the wtaworld members speak?

No.1Hingis
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:39 PM
:lol: No lo culpo porque es un Mallorqui. Sin embargo, me parece extrano que viviendo en Espana su espanol no ande mas pulido.

En verdad necesita hablar bien.. gesticular.. tener diccion.. o hablar ingles mas o menos bien por que pronuncia horrible..

The true is.. he needs to speak well.. to gesture.. has dition... or speak english more o less cause his pronounciation is horrible..

LUIS9
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:42 PM
En verdad necesita hablar bien.. gesticular.. tener diccion.. o hablar ingles mas o menos bien por que pronuncia horrible..

The true is.. he needs to speak well.. to gesture.. has dition... or speak english more o less cause his pronounciation is horrible..

Bueno a decir verdad no he tenido la oportunidad de escuchar una de sus entrevistas completas en espanol. No obstante, Moya es un con-ciudadano y no tiene el mismo problema.

lolas
Jun 12th, 2006, 07:55 PM
Yes it's a distinct language and familiar to Dutch (and a bit to German too)! :wavey:

Nearly all the newspapers are in German or in French though and French is the language for laws.

Luxembourgish is recognized as an official language after the law of 1990, before that year the members of the Parliament spoke French and the TV channel RTL was in French too ! ;)

Luxembourgish is so cute to hear :) A friend once tried to teach me the basics in Luxembourgish like "my name is"....
I failed badly because I did not manage to pronounce the words correctly. I only got mixed up with the dialect of my home region which sounds very similar to Luxembourgish in my ears.

I would like to add the Barnas though I have no proof for them being able to speak English but I guess they do.
So they speak German, Romanian and English.

TheItalianStyle
Jun 12th, 2006, 08:34 PM
Anywhere Venus speaks a pretty good Italian, good accent, she sometimes add a "you know" or "I mean", but that's fine...She is so nice and where she came she was just unbeliveable, nice and crazy doing those interviews in italian...

anlavalle
Jun 12th, 2006, 11:52 PM
it is very hard to understand him. he speaks with that lisp that seems to be popular in certain parts of spain. i have been taking spanish classes since 1st grade and my minor in college is going to be spanish, and I find it extremely tough to understand him. btw, someone NEEDS to teach him english rapidamente. because his is terrible and the spanish he speaks is tough to understand for a non-native speaker like myself.

i am a native speaker of spanish, so don`t worry if you don`t understand him :lol:

anlavalle
Jun 12th, 2006, 11:59 PM
His spanish sounds ok to me, just like that of the other spaniards perhaps with a bit heavier accent. However, you might have heard him speaking the native language of Mallorca, it is very different from spanish. The players from Barcelona too speak the native dialects of their native cities, I believe it's catalan for Barcelona, Arantxa is a good example.

no, i`m talking about his spanish, he speaks so fast and with his mayorquin accent doesn`t help much to understand him

Jamie
Jun 13th, 2006, 03:48 AM
At the FO in 1999 when Graf (I should say Martina and the French crowd)defeated Martina, she gave part of her speech in french. She was 18 then. I am sure she has perfected it by now. She does speak french.

LoveFifteen
Jun 13th, 2006, 05:07 AM
it is very hard to understand him. he speaks with that lisp that seems to be popular in certain parts of spain. i have been taking spanish classes since 1st grade and my minor in college is going to be spanish, and I find it extremely tough to understand him. btw, someone NEEDS to teach him english rapidamente. because his is terrible and the spanish he speaks is tough to understand for a non-native speaker like myself.

Rafa's Spanish is hard to understand because he has horrible enunciation. I have no problems understanding most people from Spain, even the Catalan parts, but whenever Rafa speaks, I always have to pay very close attention. He just doesn't speak clearly.

meyerpl
Jun 13th, 2006, 05:10 AM
In Many countries (Anyway in France) at school you learn English and you HAVE to take another language so all the french can speak at least 3 languages and i think it's the same in many places ( of course, not in the USA where often, they are just able to speak english ) .

Sadly, too many people in the USA aren't even functional in English, especially in it's written form. Many American high-school and college graduates are non-lingual.

Interestingly, there are 6,912 known languages in the world, and Elena Dementieva is fluent in all of them.

Mightymirza
Jun 13th, 2006, 05:11 AM
Mirza speaks English Hindi urdu and telugu