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Sue Ellen
04-03-2005, 08:44 PM
Did anyone see the interviews with Roger and Rafa after the final? They didn't show them here!! Oh and does Rafa speak English yet?? Last year he said he was too busy concentrating on his tennis to learn to speak English. Surely all players should speak English, it should be like a law!!

Clara Bow
04-03-2005, 08:46 PM
They showed a brief interview with Roger on CBS- where he was very, very complimentary of Nadal.

Rafa can speak in English now and gave a very cute interview to ESPN after the semis.

Fee
04-03-2005, 08:52 PM
:rolleyes:

English as a 'law.' I hope you are kidding (but I doubt it).

Tennis Fool
04-03-2005, 08:57 PM
Rafa doesn't speak English fluently, but he's a fast learner. His syntax is still very Spanish "I have 18 years, I make good play against Fed" etc.

Sue Ellen
04-03-2005, 08:59 PM
Fee, you're totally way harsh!!! But, since you're on, what's up with Jan-Mike right now??? He so better play Wimbledon this year! For me, Wimbledon without JM is like strawberries without the cream!!!!

Sjengster
04-03-2005, 09:08 PM
Don't take this the wrong way or anything, Fee and other JMG fans, but to me Wimbledon without Gambill is like strawberries without the fly contaminating the basket. ;)

Tennis Fool
04-03-2005, 09:11 PM
Isn't JMG retired :confused:

Geniey2g
04-03-2005, 09:13 PM
Isn't JMG retired :confused:
No, but he should...

Jorge
04-03-2005, 09:16 PM
Oh and does Rafa speak English yet?? Last year he said he was too busy concentrating on his tennis to learn to speak English. Surely all players should speak English, it should be like a law!!

since about the third part of top 100 players speaks spanish (as their 1st language) then I suggest that all the players should learn "spanish" by law! :rolleyes:

(of course I am joking, it's ridiculous to think about a law that would force every player to learn some language in particular. Period)

Sue Ellen
04-03-2005, 09:19 PM
Jan-Mike is like the nicest player EVER! He's a great player at his best and an even better guy! We are like best buds, friendage levels are high at the moment!! Oh, and yes, I did make the word "friendage" up myself! Snaps for creativity please!!

El Legenda
04-03-2005, 10:01 PM
since about the third part of top 100 players speaks spanish (as their 1st language) then I suggest that all the players should learn "spanish" by law! :rolleyes:

(of course I am joking, it's ridiculous to think about a law that would force every player to learn some language in particular. Period)

or be like Ljubo..Croatian.English.Spanish and knows his way with French.

Fee
04-03-2005, 10:14 PM
Irakli speaks Georgian, Russian, English, and German, very impressive. Kiefer German-French-English. Roger speaks German, French, English, and something else. I think he also understands some Spanish, doesn't he? I studied French for 3 years and I can fumble my way around it. I am so impressed by people who are bi-lingual and more. We did a thread on this a while back...

Tennis Fool
04-03-2005, 10:26 PM
Besides Courier (who speaks fluent French) do any of the native-born Americans speak another language?

Fee
04-03-2005, 10:35 PM
Can't think of any off the top of my head, but I do remember a while back that a fan once reported Andy spoke some Spanish (he studied it in school). Apparently, someone nearby made a comment in Spanish and Andy understood enough of it to make a basic comment back in Spanish, but I don't think he is fluent in it by any means.

Serena thinks she speaks French, but I don't think the French people agree with her.

MariaV
04-03-2005, 10:41 PM
Serena thinks she speaks French, but I don't think the French people agree with her.

That's a good one Fee! :haha: :yeah:

NATAS81
04-03-2005, 10:47 PM
You can expect more interviews on the Miami website. Nasdaq100open.com Or something to that effect. Try different dashes in there if that version of the spelling yeilds a non page.

Click on Press Reviews - Players once there :yeah:

Alot of interesting and informative press releases posted.

smucav
04-03-2005, 11:04 PM
I would guess that Andre knows some German. :)

I believe El Aynaoui speaks the largest number of languages (6: Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portugese, Spanish). I've heard that Safin knows 5 (Russian, English, Spanish, Italian?, French?).

jmp
04-04-2005, 01:29 AM
Try the Roger and Rafael forums for their respective press conference interviews.

Rafael gave an ESPN interview in English after his semi win. He was very mature, understood the questions, and responded well. His English is still new, but, he makes his point very well. I really like this man and his game. :)

Action Jackson
04-04-2005, 03:20 AM
Besides Courier (who speaks fluent French) do any of the native-born Americans speak another language?

Derrick Rostagno.

MisterQ
04-04-2005, 04:46 AM
Jan-Mike is like the nicest player EVER! He's a great player at his best and an even better guy! We are like best buds, friendage levels are high at the moment!! Oh, and yes, I did make the word "friendage" up myself! Snaps for creativity please!!

Snaps! :lol: :silly:

Action Jackson
04-04-2005, 04:55 AM
Surely all players should speak English, it should be like a law!!

I actually thought you were speaking in Tamil? Are you a member of S.O.D?

Sue Ellen
04-04-2005, 06:29 PM
I actually thought you were speaking in Tamil? Are you a member of S.O.D?

Sorry I don't understand! What is S.O.D?? If that is like something harsh well, you are like so insensitive!

Turkeyballs Paco
04-04-2005, 06:32 PM
Surely all players should speak English, it should be like a law!!

maybe you should learn to speak spanish :rolleyes:

Saumon
04-04-2005, 06:33 PM
or be like Ljubo..Croatian.English.Spanish and knows his way with French.
is he studying french? :D

Sue Ellen
04-04-2005, 10:32 PM
maybe you should learn to speak spanish :rolleyes:

I was actually thinking of taking up Spanish so that I could speak to Rafa Nadal when I meet him, well when I hopefully meet him at Wimbledon this year, that's my next tourney!! But now that he speaks English, what's the point? English is like so the most important language in the world EVER!! Although I do speak French, and excellently, I might add!!

Geniey2g
04-04-2005, 10:42 PM
I was actually thinking of taking up Spanish so that I could speak to Rafa Nadal when I meet him, well when I hopefully meet him at Wimbledon this year, that's my next tourney!! But now that he speaks English, what's the point? English is like so the most important language in the world EVER!! Although I do speak French, and excellently, I might add!!
English is like so the most important language in the world EVER!! ??
Please tell me you're joking. Just in case you aren't, that has got to be one of the most self-righteous and completely oblivious-to-the-rest-of-the-world American things I have ever heard.

jole
04-04-2005, 10:46 PM
Derrick Rostagno.

All hail the renaissance man. :) For real.

ferjules
04-04-2005, 10:48 PM
english is very easy, thats why its so popular but still i think that spanish is such a beautiful language and i've heard marat speaking it, and he does it very well

jmp
04-04-2005, 10:51 PM
english is very easy, thats why its so popular but still i think that spanish is such a beautiful language and i've heard marat speaking it, and he does it very well

:wavey: Welcome to MTF, ferjules! :D

jmp
04-04-2005, 10:52 PM
I was actually thinking of taking up Spanish so that I could speak to Rafa Nadal when I meet him, well when I hopefully meet him at Wimbledon this year, that's my next tourney!! But now that he speaks English, what's the point? English is like so the most important language in the world EVER!! Although I do speak French, and excellently, I might add!!

:lol: Sue Ellen = The Button Pusher :devil:

SwiSha
04-04-2005, 10:55 PM
[QUOTE=Sue Ellen]English is like so the most important language in the world EVER!! QUOTE]

BIG TIME LOL FOR YOU RIGHT HERE :haha:

please say u re kidding....I agree that English is the most common language in the world but to say it is the most important? if u really think that (I hope really not) i say u got some mental issues...

and about ur suggestion it should be a law or somethin...

sure why not .. i think its more important for those kidz in Africa who are starving to learn English i totally agree ...LOL

Sue Ellen
04-04-2005, 10:58 PM
[QUOTE=Sue Ellen]English is like so the most important language in the world EVER!! QUOTE]

BIG TIME LOL FOR YOU RIGHT HERE :haha:

please say u re kidding....I agree that English is the most common language in the world but to say it is the most important? if u really think that (I hope really not) i say u got some mental issues...

and about ur suggestion it should be a law or somethin...

sure why not .. i think its more important for those kidz in Africa who are starving to learn English i totally agree ...LOL

Man, I am glad that someone else finally agrees with me!! WAHOO!! You rock Swisha, join the club!

Je m'appelle Sue Ellen et je suis tres tres tres cool!! I ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fee
04-04-2005, 11:02 PM
Welcome back Leena. Excellent persona you've, like, taken on here this time.

SwiSha
04-04-2005, 11:07 PM
[QUOTE=Swisha]
You rock Swisha


Thanks .... i also do agree with you about Roddick for President... he can hardly be worse than BUSH.....

jmp
04-04-2005, 11:09 PM
Welcome back Leena. Excellent persona you've, like, taken on here this time.

Fee, you're kidding! :haha: It all makes sense now... :lol:

Sue Ellen
04-04-2005, 11:10 PM
Welcome back Leena. Excellent persona you've, like, taken on here this time.

Sometimes you annoy me Fee. You think you know everything about everything and everyone, no offence. But this clearly proves you're wrong!!!!

HA HA!!! I RULE!!!! YOU DROOL!!!!!

Fee
04-05-2005, 12:09 AM
Sometimes you annoy me Fee. You think you know everything about everything and everyone, no offence. But this clearly proves you're wrong!!!!

HA HA!!! I RULE!!!! YOU DROOL!!!!!

If I'm only annoying you sometimes, I need to work a little bit harder. If it appears to you that I possess that kind of knowledge, it is because I only try to answer questions to which I am pretty sure I know the answer, instead of making wild guesses, but I learn more from this board than I contribute to it. I have made errors on this board (getting the draw time wrong for Indian Wells qualies was a recent one) and I have acknowledged them. That's an odd comment coming from someone who sent me a PM to take advantage of my knowledge.

My previous post was a joke that I knew some of the members here would appreciate. I don't really think that you are Leena.

sigmagirl91
04-05-2005, 12:10 AM
or be like Ljubo..Croatian.English.Spanish and knows his way with French.

And I though he knew Italian too.

sigmagirl91
04-05-2005, 12:11 AM
Can't think of any off the top of my head, but I do remember a while back that a fan once reported Andy spoke some Spanish (he studied it in school). Apparently, someone nearby made a comment in Spanish and Andy understood enough of it to make a basic comment back in Spanish, but I don't think he is fluent in it by any means.

Serena thinks she speaks French, but I don't think the French people agree with her.

:haha: :haha: It did sound kind of raggedy.
Give it up, Serena. :o

sigmagirl91
04-05-2005, 12:14 AM
english is very easy, thats why its so popular but still i think that spanish is such a beautiful language and i've heard marat speaking it, and he does it very well

Hello....no English is not. In fact, English is a very hard language to learn. If it were so easy, many of us Americans wouldn't have need of it in elementary, junior, and high school. The language evolves every day, and many of the words you learn in English become obsolete rather quickly.

SwiSha
04-05-2005, 12:28 AM
Hello....no English is not. In fact, English is a very hard language to learn. If it were so easy, many of us Americans wouldn't have need of it in elementary, junior, and high school. The language evolves every day, and many of the words you learn in English become obsolete rather quickly.

gotta disagree here .....i think what ferjules means even if u do know just a lil bit of English ...it is still enough that other people can understand u ...i ve been in the US a lot of times and i gotta tell ya it is way more easy to communicate with the people....I see foreigners struggling with the German Language every day which is not a good thing either ...


and about learning english in elementary, junior, and high school.....that is common in almost every country ... don t u think we don t have to learn german in elementary too ... this has nothing to do with it

Trust me the majority of the people here in MTF who are not from countries where Englsih is spoken would agree that English is not that hard to learn....

Anyways i think it s a good thang ;)

Mlashtok
04-05-2005, 12:32 AM
To learn English well, with all the variations and nuances of grammar and meaning, is pretty difficult compared to the majority of languages. It does have a huge vocabulary and some very idiomatic constructions.

But I guess that crappy English may indeed be easy to learn. :devil:

sigmagirl91
04-05-2005, 12:37 AM
gotta disagree here .....i think what ferjules means even if u do know just a lil bit of English ...it is still enough that other people can understand u ...i ve been in the US a lot of times and i gotta tell ya it is way more easy to communicate with the people....I see foreigners struggling with the German Language every day which is not a good thing either ...


and about learning english in elementary, junior, and high school.....that is common in almost every country ... don t u think we don t have to learn german in elementary too ... this has nothing to do with it

Trust me the majority of the people here in MTF who are not from countries where Englsih is spoken would agree that English is not that hard to learn....

Anyways i think it s a good thang ;)

Well, Swisha, let me explain it like this. Vocabulary is not that difficult to learn, but when you get into slang and colloquialisms, a non-native speaker may have difficulty following. That's where the difficulties begin. With the evolution of hip-hop slang, you can be sure that a non-native speaker-or one whose knowledge of English is limited-will have a hard time.

SwiSha
04-05-2005, 12:37 AM
To learn English well, with all the variations and nuances of grammar and meaning, is pretty difficult compared to the majority of languages. It does have a huge vocabulary and some very idiomatic constructions.

I think anyone in Spain France Germany Italy would tell you the same about their languages ... every language is unique ..

But I guess that crappy English may indeed be easy to learn. :devil:

LOL.....

Fee
04-05-2005, 12:38 AM
Trust me the majority of the people here in MTF who are not from countries where Englsih is spoken would agree that English is not that hard to learn....


I find this very interesting. I have this vague memory of one of my high school instructors (either my English or French prof) telling me that English is very hard to learn because the rules of the language don't make any sense. Words like laugh, though and thought confuse people and our nouns don't have gender like so many languages do. Of course, this comment came from someone who had learned English before he learned other languages, so I don't know what he based it on. I wonder if any members here will agree/disagree with you, especially some who have learned multiple languages.

Do I sound like kind of a language nerd? Even though I can't speak other languages, I find it all very interesting and love to hear other languages being spoken.

SwiSha
04-05-2005, 12:44 AM
Well, Swisha, let me explain it like this. Vocabulary is not that difficult to learn, but when you get into slang and colloquialisms, a non-native speaker may have difficulty following. That's where the difficulties begin. With the evolution of hip-hop slang, you can be sure that a non-native speaker-or one whose knowledge of English is limited-will have a hard time.

did i say anything about slang?? i m talking about the fundamentals here...every language has it slangs ...people in south germany for instance found it weird how they talk in da north ... so u don t have to bring that up

And let me tell u something about hip hop slang.. kids in europe or elsewhere follow this hip hop scene and it slangs a lot more than u think cause thats what the TV shows..HIP HOP is a big cash money machine around the world so the slangs of it are well known .. trust me ...

SwiSha
04-05-2005, 12:57 AM
I find this very interesting. I have this vague memory of one of my high school instructors (either my English or French prof) telling me that English is very hard to learn because the rules of the language don't make any sense. Words like laugh, though and thought confuse people and our nouns don't have gender like so many languages do. Of course, this comment came from someone who had learned English before he learned other languages, so I don't know what he based it on. I wonder if any members here will agree/disagree with you, especially some who have learned multiple languages.

Do I sound like kind of a language nerd? Even though I can't speak other languages, I find it all very interesting and love to hear other languages being spoken.

I don t find it confusing at all ... imma give u an example why let me say ''crappy''(LOL) English is easy for me... just take words like get ...u can put it almost in every sentence and it will be understood ...in german it has at least 5 different meanings and therefore 5 different words for it... so i get(here we go ;) ) 1 word for 5 different ones ...

imagine the verbs become,get,take are translated into german in one word lets say MACHEN .. wouldn t that be easy to learn? u could use it whenever u wanna say become get or take ..

sigmagirl91
04-05-2005, 12:59 AM
did i say anything about slang?? i m talking about the fundamentals here...every language has it slangs ...people in south germany for instance found it weird how they talk in da north ... so u don t have to bring that up

And let me tell u something about hip hop slang.. kids in europe or elsewhere follow this hip hop scene and it slangs a lot more than u think cause thats what the TV shows..HIP HOP is a big cash money machine around the world so the slangs of it are well known .. trust me ...

You were saying, Swisha, that English is easy to learn.
The rules of English are quite different than a lot of languages. Like Fee just said, nouns and adjectives are gender-neutral in English. I also find that many non-native speakers don't include pronouns in their written prose because their native language doesn't use them. In English, pronouns are required, or the sentence doesn't make sense.
Furthermore, the rules are crazy. Try explaining why the past tense of teach is taught, and reach is reached. You would think that words with a similar spelling would have the same rules as it applies to tenses, but it isn't always that way.

And just so you'd know--there's nothing fundamental about English.

Mlashtok
04-05-2005, 01:00 AM
It's true that every language has its difficulties. I want to illustrate a language with an unusual (I think) type of difficulty.

I take Latin in college. While it is a dead language, it is also a pretty easy dead language and a cool one. Here's a very short version of basic Latin rules, and it should make a good deal of sense to those who speak languages other than English

Like in some other languages, the verb always tells you the number/person and thereby the subject of the action being performed, and there is no need for a non-unique subject (no I, you, he, etc., except for emphasis). Every noun has a gender and has to agree with other parts of the sentence, like adjectives and adverbs, in gender and number. However, the words of the sentence can be in any order, and can even take on added meaning due to their order. This varying word order is a big challenge.

Thus: "I lead the fat cow bravely to the peak of the mountain" could be written in Latin as, "Of the mountain the cow bravely to fat the peak I lead." Really.

If you're wondering how that would read in Latin, in very bad form (the first example) it would go: "Duco obesam vaccam fortiter ad summum montis."

In extremely twisted poetic form (the second example), it would go: "Montis vaccam fortiter ad obesam summum duco." And it would still make perfect sense. :)

sigmagirl91
04-05-2005, 01:01 AM
I don t find it confusing at all ... imma give u an example why let me say ''crappy''(LOL) English is easy for me... just take words like get ...u can put it almost in every sentence and it will be understood ...in german it has at least 5 different meanings and therefore 5 different words for it... so i get(here we go ;) ) 1 word for 5 different ones ...

imagine the verbs become,get,take are translated into german in one word lets say MACHEN .. wouldn t that be easy to learn? u could use it whenever u wanna say become get or take ..

Using "get" in every sentence is rather bland. There are other, more colorful words to use in the English that would convey your meaning better. That's the complexity of the language.

SwiSha
04-05-2005, 01:06 AM
Try explaining why the past tense of teach is taught, and reach is reached. You would think that words with a similar spelling would have the same rules as it applies to tenses, but it isn't always that way.


same over here in germany ...try explaining why the past tense of ergeben is ergaben and hören ist hörten....

SwiSha
04-05-2005, 01:09 AM
I enjoyed talking to you guys ... i gotta go to bed now...tired as hell
Catch ya ll lata ....
BYe

Action Jackson
04-05-2005, 02:21 AM
Sorry I don't understand! What is S.O.D?? If that is like something harsh well, you are like so insensitive!

S.O.D = Speak English or Die.

Devotee
04-05-2005, 05:40 AM
:topic:
This thread seems to have radically departed from the original subject about
Nadal's interview. So I'm putting my reply in the non-tennis section.
If you want to read an interesting article, use the following link:


http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=32988

BelgianWaffle
04-05-2005, 11:58 AM
. I take Latin in college. While it is a dead language, it is also a pretty easy dead language and a cool one.

You find Latin easy? :eek: :worship:
I studied in it highschool for six years and it was by far the most difficult language I ever attempted to learn.

Btw I think a lot of ppl will agree that basic english is indeed pretty easy to learn. But we shouldn't forget that all television shows are english spoken (there's no dubbing in flanders, only subtitles) so from a very young age we come in contact with the english language. Even kids as young as 7,8 years old understand enough of it. Blame Pokemon :rolleyes: ;)

Totally :topic: , sorry

Jorge
04-05-2005, 07:41 PM
You find Latin easy? :eek: :worship:

Latin is not that hard if your 1st language is a romanic one like Spanish or italian.
i.e Spanish is 80% Latin.
Said that I am not saying that every spanish/italian/portuguese-speaker would understand Latin immediately, but would be easier for them(us) to learn it than let's say for a chinese or a Norwegian.

ferjules
04-06-2005, 12:48 AM
i know spanish english and german and god!!.. english is so much easier!

Sjengster
04-06-2005, 02:14 AM
I don't think we should take the tone of Sue Ellen's posts too seriously, but there is some truth to the suggestion that English is the most important language in the world; it's not the most common (isn't that Mandarin Chinese?), but it is the language of international travel and is therefore spoken by airline pilots and by airports communicating with each other. And it's obvious from reading this thread that the cultural penetration of English into non-English speaking countries is so much greater than vice versa, hence there is more opportunity and incentive for non-English speakers to learn the language than there is the other way round.

That shouldn't be used as an excuse for the lack of imagination and effort when it comes to learning other languages in the English speaking world, mind you. I don't know how I came out with decent marks on my language courses at school, but I'm pretty sure that I would slip up when asking for basic directions on the Continent. I am going to make the effort to learn one language at least, because I would certainly hate to conform to the stereotype of the ignorant British tourist abroad.

lunahielo
04-06-2005, 02:17 AM
I teach Latin..It's nice to see so many appreciate it. :)