FYI small talk is different than an entire conversation / interview. Assuming that you ever
took a language in school, how'd you do? Would you have been able to engage in even
a basic conversation with a native speaker, especially something with specific vocabulary
as in baseball? Also keep in mind athletes from outside the US are rarely college educated.
For that mater, even those who play D1 are not all getting A's in Chemistry or Microbiology.
Many didn't even finish high school or were in a program where athletics was more important.
Among those of you who are upset at hearing languages other than English, have you been
in their situation working in a country where you had to go through a translator and/or were in
the presence of countrymen, other Anglophones and Anglophiles, therefore didn't really "need"
to learn much about the local customs including language? And how many hours out of the day
did work take up? You probably wouldn't have had a lot of time to learn even if you'd wanted to.
I would also suggest looking at your ancestry: Chances are you descend from people who didn't
speak, understand, read, write English, at least not fluently. You consider yourself an " American "
yet at some point were anything but. It's easy to ignore how easy things are for the assimilated.
ps: So-called foreign athletes are in the U.S. and paid to play a sport, not quote from Shakespeare.
ps2: Thanks for the nice compliment Alice. I'm not originally from Texas, but have been here awhile,
and since my first language was neither English nor Spanish, see things differently than most natives.
<- Fluent in English, Spanish, French; has even worked in Mexico where communication was entirely in Spanish.
I could have asked for/used a local translator but opted not to in order to get the maximum, authentic experience.
· 3 months ago