Lost in Translation

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Not long ago I happened to see Ichiro Suzuki doing a post
game interview with an US American reporter.  Standing firmly by Ichiro’s side was his
translator; and all correspondences were filtered through him.  Disgusted, I couldn’t help but mumble a few
choice phrases (in multiple languages).  You
mean to tell me that in seven and a half years, Ichiro Suzuki still hasn’t
picked up the English language?  Really?  Not even a little bit?  His inability to at least try and speak the language of the people who pay him wouldn’t have bothered me when he was a rookie, but he’s been playing in the
States for a long time now — constantly surrounded by English speakers,
bombarded with English at every turn — and yet he feigns ignorance and acts
surprised when someone tries to actually use English to communicate with him.

As an ardent supporter of multi-culturalism and a strong lobbyist
for forcing young children to learn at least one foreign language in primary school, I couldn’t have been more
ashamed of Ichiro’s apparent lack of effort. 
Seriously.  I wanted to shake
him.

And then I remembered…

I remembered that Ichiro must still have the emotional scars
that resulted from using the English he was taught in this dynamic, ground-breaking, utilitarian language
program:

So I forgive you, Ichiro.

And I’m very, very sorry you had to go through that.  (*On a side note: I’d like to go on record
saying the Japanese are kind of weird)

Don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeffy

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7 Comments

Ha! That’s a fantastic clip that pretty much provides the tourist with all the phrases needed for a trip to the USA.

http://arizonaviaslough.blogspot.com/

another hilarious post lol. hideki matsui doesnt speak english yet either… though sometimes it seems as if he wants to answer questions before his interpreter interprets. i’m sure he knows some. and i’m a supporter of children learning more than one language too! [even though i can't learn another language for my life.] i would love to learn italian though. or french. they sound so cool.
http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com

“I was robbed by two men! I was robbed by two men!”

Thanks, that’ll be in my head until “Spare me my life” jumps back in. Very funny stuff.

Steve T
http://soxblog.mlblogs.com

Actually he can speak English as the link below says. What interests me about it is that he is decribed as “bursting from his locker” where presumably he has been hiding. As you say-kind of weird.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-ichirospeech071508&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

I knew it! I just knew he speak it. Must be nice to hide behind the mask of ignorance while behind clubhouse doors he’s dropping an “H-bomb of F-bombs”.

–Jeff

So, I think we know now what to do when we get robbed. And that is ”break into a sub-standard aerobic dance with robotic fake smile on your face.”

Very educational and hilarious.
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Japanese, wierd? What do you do to find such a video? ;-)

Michael Norton
Some Clubhouse

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