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tarvos
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 Message 49 of 67
23 December 2012 at 5:47pm | IP Logged 
Be that as it may, he still has Irish nationality ;)
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 Message 50 of 67
27 December 2012 at 5:03pm | IP Logged 
I'm surprised you didn't name Nuri Sahin sofar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7el_PSOz3Yo

After 4 months of living in Madrid.. impressive if you ask me. Though I think he already learned Spanish for a few months longer as he already decided to go to spain in early season.

What do native speakers think ?
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 Message 51 of 67
28 December 2012 at 12:05am | IP Logged 
I actually think the main thing here is his confidence. He already spoke German and English apart from his native Turkish, so he had no reason to think Spanish would be difficult. A lot of it is in our heads. It's like, I'm also pretty confident when speaking Polish. Seem successful and you'll be successful.
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 Message 52 of 67
28 December 2012 at 12:11am | IP Logged 
Scottish football journalist interviews Slovak goalkeeper:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/8420 559.stm

A classic!
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 Message 53 of 67
31 December 2012 at 1:42pm | IP Logged 
Gary Lineker had a successful spell at Barcelona and learned the language to the extent that he can now
conduct TV interviews in Spanish. Mark Hughes joined Barca at the same time as Gary but failed to settle
and apparently never learned the language. Even today, not knowing Spanish can be a handicap in Spain;
back in pre-internet 1985 it would have rendered communication very difficult.

As in other walks of life, it makes it so much easier to fit in abroad if you have a working knowledge of the
language. Some British footballers cope but others don't seem to want to make the effort.

Steve McLaren was the first Englishman in many years to manage a Bundesliga side but he conducted his
press conferences in English. Granted, he was in Germany for just one year but I've seen Canadian ice-
hockey coaches with a similar amount of experience stumble through interviews in broken German. It was a
bit Tarzan-like but they got the message across. The more you try, the better you become..

Edited by beano on 31 December 2012 at 1:45pm

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 Message 54 of 67
25 January 2013 at 3:16am | IP Logged 
Ronaldinho speaking French!
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 Message 55 of 67
06 December 2013 at 12:59am | IP Logged 
I've just realized Mario Gómez is quite multilingual. He is of Spanish-German heritage, speaks English and now also Italian. A bit lucky there but still not bad ;)
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 Message 56 of 67
30 December 2013 at 7:52pm | IP Logged 
yuriFromRoma wrote:
I would rather say: "se avessi saputo che rimaneva, gli avrei detto: 'Rimani!'".


That's also wrong :)
"Se avessi saputo che fosse rimasto, avrei detto: rimane"
(I have actually a doubt about the possible solution "Se avessi saputo che sarebbe rimasto, avrei detto: rimane")

I would say that the 90% of Italians in daily speech are most likely to fail this sentence. Subjunctive is often replaced
by present simple or imperfect, like
"Se sapevo che rimaneva, avrei detto: rimane"

"Se sapessi che rimanesse" is absolutely hilarious :D


EDIT: probably he wanted to say: "Se sapessi che rimane/rimarra'/sta per rimanere, avrei detto: rimane"

Edited by tristano on 30 December 2013 at 7:56pm



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