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yuriFromRoma
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 Message 41 of 67
28 May 2012 at 10:56pm | IP Logged 
fabriciocarraro wrote:
I think Leonardo is the best example for this. He speaks 5 languages fluently: Portuguese, Italian, French, English and Spanish, and a little of Japanese.

Portuguese (native): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGkyOoHVSSw

Italian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJj6SgVJTYw

Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MLg-oTBNqY

French: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va7NwOauQI0

English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f37mATPmEx4


Leonardo almost fools me when he speaks Italian! He's very good at it, sometimes it seems to me that he was born and raised in Milan!

Medulin wrote:
Francesco Totti speaks a very basolectal/dialectal Italian: romanesco.
Please don't copy this dialect if you study Italian.
Educated Romans don't sound like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSjdiYyZyss

he said: se sapevo che rimanesse avrei detto rimane
it should be: se sapessi che rimaneva gli avrei detto rimani!


Good piece of advice, for sure Francesco does not excel when it comes to speak Italian (at the same time, he definitely does excel in one other thing at least!!). Regarding the phrase you linked, I would not define it "romanesco" because it's just a very bad usage of the languange and nothing more, and, by the way, I would rather say: "se avessi saputo che rimaneva, gli avrei detto: 'Rimani!'".
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fabriciocarraro
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 Message 42 of 67
29 May 2012 at 1:47pm | IP Logged 
About the accent from Rome, recently I've watched an Italian movie called "Nessuno mi può Giudicare". My listening comprehension in Italian is usually very good, above 85-90%, but that movie was REALLY hard for me to understand, since the story was in the suburbs of Rome, and the people's accent was just incredibly....strange, I don't know...
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 Message 43 of 67
11 December 2012 at 12:02am | IP Logged 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKVUEibj-lk Danny from Zenit speaking Russian. today he got a red card for swearing in Russian at the referee lol.

Cristiano has picked up a bit of Russian from his supermodel:
http://youtu.be/jUVJkePBkes?t=53s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JreDBocfn2U
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 Message 44 of 67
11 December 2012 at 12:21pm | IP Logged 
I'm surprised no one posted this video yet!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoxA9ghHkOM
Brazilian Joel Santana, ex-coach of South Africa, trying to speak English.
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 Message 45 of 67
19 December 2012 at 10:30am | IP Logged 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvqhC5jVCAw

Scotsman Aidan McGeady (Spartak Moscow) speaking Russian. I like the bit at the end.
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 Message 46 of 67
19 December 2012 at 11:21am | IP Logged 
I think one of the reasons that footballers learn foreign languages quickly is that they are basically just expected to get on with it. A reporter will think nothing of sticking a microphone in a player's face and asking him questions in a language that is new to the player. The responses in the early days will be stuttering and full of apalling grammar but being forced to think on your feet is a great learning process. They have no opportunity to hide.
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 Message 47 of 67
20 December 2012 at 12:44am | IP Logged 
beano wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvqhC5jVCAw

Scotsman Aidan McGeady (Spartak Moscow) speaking Russian. I like the bit at the end.


He is Irish. But funny otherwise.
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 Message 48 of 67
20 December 2012 at 10:57am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
beano wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvqhC5jVCAw

Scotsman Aidan McGeady (Spartak Moscow) speaking Russian. I like the bit at the end.


He is Irish. But funny otherwise.


Born and raised in Glasgow. Speaks with a thick Scots accent.

He plays for Ireland by virtue of the fact that his grandparents were born there but in reality he's Scottish. The Irish have really exploited this grandparent ruling and several members of their squad aren't from Ireland.

Edited by beano on 20 December 2012 at 11:10am



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