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daegga
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 Message 9 of 20
29 November 2013 at 7:27pm | IP Logged 
Solfrid Cristin wrote:
According to the Norwegian comments, he is heavily criticised
for his accent.


I wonder why, he sounds almost perfectly Austrian to me :)
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Марк
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 Message 10 of 20
29 November 2013 at 9:21pm | IP Logged 
Americans could not spell the word "reset" (peregruzka instead of perezagruzka), not to
mention the using of the Latin alphabet for Russian. Although it could be made on
purpose...
Merkel speaks Russian a bit. When Putin spoke Tatar, everyone was very glad although he
had even thicker accent.

Edited by Марк on 29 November 2013 at 9:22pm

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vonPeterhof
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 Message 11 of 20
29 November 2013 at 9:52pm | IP Logged 
I was just about to post the Tatar clip. The delivery in this one is definitely in Mutko territory, but I guess most people still saw it as a respectful gesture towards a minority culture. Although to my untrained ear Obama's Spanish sounds better. I'd like to hear him try to say the same passage in Navajo...

Edit: replaced the first clip, because for some reason the software keeps replacing one of the capital N's in the URL with a small one. The other clip had more comments, so if anyone's interested it's watch?v=LCoNQgjNwwI

Edited by vonPeterhof on 29 November 2013 at 10:29pm

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 Message 12 of 20
29 November 2013 at 10:22pm | IP Logged 
Solfrid Cristin wrote:
Via Diva wrote:
His English is much better than
that of Vitaly Mutko, I dare say
:)
People do tend to become better in language speaking because the experience grows up.
Malkin (hockey player in NHL) was speaking with funny mistakes for a long time, but I
don't think you'll find much of them in his most recent interviews.


I think he must be the brother of the Russian who gave a speech at the International
Railway Union a couple of years ago. :-)

But even so, Mutko did it. Not many people from the West could have read a speech in
Russian at all. (Ok. Tarvos - I know you could :-)


Only if you gave me a very good ghostwriter who wrote down the accent marks.
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montmorency
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 Message 13 of 20
30 November 2013 at 12:50am | IP Logged 
Good accent, bad accent, I don't really care: It's Putin himself that I can't stand....


(but I can't stand Cameron or Clegg either....but if that sounds political, then I'm
quite prepared to hate all three of them on a purely personal basis....   )


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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 14 of 20
30 November 2013 at 9:26am | IP Logged 
There are lots of politicians I do not like, but on this forum I think I will limit myself to commenting on their
linguistic skills. And from a purely linguistic point of view, I would say that if Putin can pull off Russian,
German, English and Tartar, even with a heavy accent, he is not doing badly for himself.
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Doitsujin
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 Message 15 of 20
30 November 2013 at 11:27am | IP Logged 
Solfrid Cristin wrote:
I would say that if Putin can pull off Russian, German, English and Tartar, even with a heavy accent, he is not doing badly for himself.

According to one recent (and most likely not very reliable) Moscow Times article, Putin supposedly also speaks Swedish to some extent:

Quote:
Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov [...] and Putin sometimes conversed in Swedish.





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Марк
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 Message 16 of 20
30 November 2013 at 3:17pm | IP Logged 
I've heard Putin speaking French. The speech was about Olympic games in Sochi. It was in
English, but in the end he addressed Jacques Rogge in French. He said only a couple of
phrases but they sounded much better than the previous English text. As far as I know,
Putin actually speaks German and French, maybe a bit of English.


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