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American Players Speaking Foreign Languages?

It seems that unlike all other countries, most American girls only speak English
Let's take Vaidisova for example. She fluently speaks 4 languages, Czech, English, German, and French. I know that Lisicki speaks German, English, and Polish. Most players don't speak 4, but usually 2 or 3. Do you guys know of any other American girls who speak languages other than English? I mean most girls should've learned another language in school (usually Spanish). All I can think of is:
Vania King-I'm pretty sure she speaks Taiwanese
Irina Falconi-Might speak Spanish
African-American Players-Might speak French, I know a lot of African-Americans who speak French, but I doubt girls like Vee and Ree know. Maybe Shenay or Asia or someone knows French

EDIT- Oh, and Varvara Lepchenko must know Russian, Uzbek (if it's a language), or something Eastern European
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Uzbek is a language This is really different than Russian
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Re: American Players Speaking Foreign Languages?

Varvs speaks both as I saw on her facebook.

I would assume Riza speaks Tagalog
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Varvs speaks both as I saw on her facebook.

I would assume Riza speaks Tagalog
I would also assume Lilia speaks atleast some Tagalog as her mom is a full blood Filipino born in the Philippines
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Re: American Players Speaking Foreign Languages?

^And maybe some Swedish
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Re: American Players Speaking Foreign Languages?

What about Granville, Shaughnessy, Glatch, Gullickson, Oudin, Mattek-Sands, Harkleroad, ...?
Don't they take foreign languages in middle school/high school? Or is it just New York where kids take foreign languages in school?
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^And maybe some Swedish

Yeah, your probobly right
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Re: American Players Speaking Foreign Languages?

There's not really a need to know other languages since the tour is prodominately english dominated.
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^Well why do a lot of the British players learn French then? Many tennis players learn languages other than English like French, Spanish, Italian, German, ...
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Re: American Players Speaking Foreign Languages?

Liezel Huber - Afrikaans?
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^Well why do a lot of the British players learn French then? Many tennis players learn languages other than English like French, Spanish, Italian, German, ...
The United States is extremely behind/lacking when it comes to learning foreign languages. Most kids don't start really learning a language until high school (at least that's how it is in Ohio). Whereas an emphasis is placed on learning foreign languages in Europe (I have a foreign exchange student friend from Germany who knows English, French, and was going to take Russian when she goes to University), this sadly isn't a focus of the American education system. I have to doubt that American players know another language unless they grew up speaking it at home.

I would think that maybe Laura Granville knows another language since she went to college, but I couldn't be sure.
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The United States is extremely behind/lacking when it comes to learning foreign languages. Most kids don't start really learning a language until high school (at least that's how it is in Ohio). Whereas an emphasis is placed on learning foreign languages in Europe (I have a foreign exchange student friend from Germany who knows English, French, and was going to take Russian when she goes to University), this sadly isn't a focus of the American education system. I have to doubt that American players know another language unless they grew up speaking it at home.

I would think that maybe Laura Granville knows another language since she went to college, but I couldn't be sure.
Yeah it's not emphasized at all. Most Americans probably don't know any other language; it's usually only when their parents have foreign blood like Lilia, Riza, Vania. I barely remember any of the Spanish I learned, you would cringe to hear me speak it.
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Yeah, I didn't learn Spanish until high school I think
I can't speak for other cities, but in NYC Spanish is necessary and they need to emphasize it in schools! In Greece, you learn English starting in third grade, and then in high school you take either French or German, and most people learn more languages after that in college and in language schools
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At our school you must take foreign language classes for 4 years. We have spanish, german, latin, French, and Japanese.
I take spanish and I think I could hold my own in a Spanish speaking country (maybe)
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