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Old 12-05-2003, 03:05 PM   #16
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Well when you guy put up Catalan you have to mention Swiss German as well

So Michel Kratochvil would be on the list as well he for sure speaks Swiss German, German, French and I bet as hes from hmmm hope I say that right now czeck desent he speaks this language as well and I bet you can count him to the english speakers too
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Tim Henman speaks pretty good French, so he is one native English-speaker who can boast at least one other language, - but then a lot of English people have to learn French in School from quite a young age nowadays so that's probably not surprising. And David Nalbandian is fluent in Englsih, Spanish and pretty good at Italian too, - I think he speaks a little Armenian also because of his family background, though I don't know how much.

Also, Max Mirnyi is fluent in Russian, English and French and I read somewhere he is trying to learn Spanish too. I guess you could also count his native Belarussian as a separate language too if we're including Swiss German!
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Old 12-05-2003, 03:56 PM   #18
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ABOUT CATALAN

I live in Barcelona so I know about it, being realistic, much more than you may know...

CATALAN is a language (NOT A DIALECT) which comes from LATIN (like Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, etc.), but it is not a kind of Spanish, it is absoultely different. If somebody who speaks Spanish hears Catalan, he won't understand it.

And Cataln is spoken mainly in Catalonia, which is a part of Spain in the North-East where Barcelona is; but also in Valencian Comunity (southern) and the Balear Islands.

So the comparision that Doris Loeffel makes with "swiss german" makes absoultely no sense and is ridiculous, as Catalan is just a different language. People like me who live in those areas of Spain have this luck to be born with 2 languages. (like in Quebec, with English and French, just to write down an example).

Oh, and in Spain there are, apart from Spanish (the common one) and Cataln, 2 more languages: Basque and Galician. (We are a rich country in that way...).

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Old 12-05-2003, 04:17 PM   #19
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Thank you for going into all of that Yashirobai.

I do think that these smaller languages get short shrift. They are truly languages and not dialects as are some of the German dialects. But, some of the German dialects seem to be true languages too. Swabian is incomprehensible to me on any level. It's also a written language and most dialects aren't written.

Anyway, I love languages, so the more someone can write about them and explain them to me the better.
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Old 12-05-2003, 04:29 PM   #20
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hicham doesn't speak any of those two languages

I speak one of them
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Old 12-05-2003, 04:32 PM   #21
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You're welcome Star. Just wanted to leave it clear.
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Roger speaks French, English, and German pretty well right?
Ja und Schweizer Deutsch too, as Doris pointed out! It IS very different to standard German!

I think Rogi may also know a bit of Italian too because I heard him speak a little to Sanguinetti in Toronto last year... sei bello, Rogi!!

I also heard Alex Corretja throw in a couple of German words in an interview in Gstaad once also -- he's very talented in languages, as are Rogi and Maratski.

I have heard Marat speak Spanish [Castellano] fluently! I just have to hear him speak his native Russian!!

Tommy Robredo also speaks Castellano, Catalan, English and some French! Pas mal, Tommy!!

I've never really heard Courier speak French but who knows... he IS Amer after all... why do they need to learn anyone else's language?!
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Courrier spoke French in his victory speech for his second French Open title. He had been learning it for a while then. I think he continued to learn it more. Instead of taking a swipe at him, why not commend him for doing something that few of his compatriots do?

Speaking a few words of a language isn't speaking a foreign language. I can get by in Spanish, but I wouldn't say that I speak the language. I know tourist Spanish and that is all. I can also say a few phrases in French and understand some of the writen language. I think that is only because of having had a lot of Latin in school.
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Old 12-05-2003, 07:07 PM   #24
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Well, from the Spaniards, all the Catalan players have this advantage of "starting" with 2... and that is a big advantage in this way.
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Ferrero, Moyá Costa and Mantilla speak at least 3 (English, Spanish and Catalan), and probablh some of them also speak, like Corretja does, French, so they could be on 4.
I've read that Ferrero can speak Italian, but I have no idea if that is true or not, seeing as I've never heard it myself (and his Rome victory speech was in Spanish).
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All the latin languages are pretty similar though. A person who speaks fluent spanish, for example, could get a good idea of what a portuguese or italian is saying with enough exposure. French is a little harder because they pronounce everything so differently but its still easier for somebody who knows a latin based language to learn it than somebody who doesn't.
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The williams sisters attempted French in their speeches at RG2002. Their french was quite attrocious! Still, it was a nice effort to at least try, I suppose.

Capriati said she would learn some French after her RG2001 victory. I wanna see if she really did that, lol!
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she'll have to win another FO then, won't she?
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Both Juanqui and Rogi have been interviewed by italian cable tv and they said they werent able to speak italian but they could understand it.
in Juanqui's interview,the questions were in italian and he answered in spanish.in Rogi's case,questions were in french but he assured he understood italian as well
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I wonder if James Blake speaks any other languages. He's an "educated" fellah.

Roddick and Agassi are well-versed in Latin, ancient Greek, and Sanskrit. It's a shame they don 't get to use those much at the slams.

Doesn't mean that they're fluent.

Seems like many of the Morrocans are multilingual. Good for them.
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