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Old 08-27-2008, 06:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The LPGA is run by idiots. Ed Soares will due for now with Anderson Silva, and hell who can understand Chuck half the time?
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No because the UFC plans to go international, why would they make all their fighters learn english if they are fighting in places like Germany, Japan, and Brazil? Not gonna happen.
Almost everyone in germany under 30 speaks English, first time I went to germany I knew very little german and I had no trouble communicating.

English is a compulsory subject in Japanese schools. In fact, it is the only foreign languages that the vast majority of Japanese schools provide. All Japanese people now have at least 6 years of English at school, and 4 more years if they go to university. It is now common for Japanese parents to make their children learn English from the age of 5 or 6 in English schools or juku. Japan certainly has more private English conversation schools per square meter than anywhere else on earth.

Ok, brazil.. you got me on brazil I dont know shit about brazil :P


(also fighters are here to fight not to speak our language, granted some more "i want to f*** chuck" situations would be priceless)
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Are there any fight organizations that make it mandatory for the fighters to speak a certain language?
Take a look at K-1: a Japanese organization, but they don't make it mandatory for fighters to speak Japanese.
Even in boxing, some fighters don't speak English.
Very bad idea if you ask me. The fighters can let their fists do the talking.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Definitely not, a translator is all I need.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:18 PM   #15 (permalink)
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No, dumbest idea ever. That would clean out some of the best talent in the UFC and make it flock to other orgs. Who cares what they speak, are they supposed to be politicians or something? Let their fists do the talking. Translators are good enough for me, and I don't care if they don't cast non-english speakers for their reality show, but leave the sport out of it. If it's about motivating it's fighters to learn English and relate to their audience, most of the UFCs fighters move to the US anyway and are already working on their English to get by in day to day life.. this wouldn't speed things up any, and learning a language takes years.

The LPGA can afford to do stupid shit like this because nobody gives a damn about Women's golf anyway. No big sport with a serious following would ever think about losing a big chunk of it's top talent to a non-issue like this. Think about it.. no Anderson, no Machida, no Okami, No possibility of Fedor/Aleks and many more. We would never know who the best fighters in the world are, just the best english-speaking fighters.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:43 PM   #16 (permalink)
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No, dumbest idea ever. That would clean out some of the best talent in the UFC and make it flock to other orgs. Who cares what they speak, are they supposed to be politicians or something? Let their fists do the talking. Translators are good enough for me, and I don't care if they don't cast non-english speakers for their reality show, but leave the sport out of it. If it's about motivating it's fighters to learn English and relate to their audience, most of the UFCs fighters move to the US anyway and are already working on their English to get by in day to day life.. this wouldn't speed things up any, and learning a language takes years.

The LPGA can afford to do stupid shit like this because nobody gives a damn about Women's golf anyway. No big sport with a serious following would ever think about losing a big chunk of it's top talent to a non-issue like this. Think about it.. no Anderson, no Machida, no Okami, No possibility of Fedor/Aleks and many more. We would never know who the best fighters in the world are, just the best english-speaking fighters.
Totally agreed. Hard to call someone an "undisputed" champion when fighters that can't speak his language aren't allowed to compete at all.
Its like the dumb Montreal Canadiens' fans not letting Saku Koivu (a long time Canadiens player, one of the best NHL players and one of the best finnish players ever) be the captain of the team because he didn't speak French. Koivu learned some french and is now the captain, but I personally would have told the fans to pike off and change team because of it, because it was damn dumb thing to bitch about by fans.

Even in UN you can speak with whatever language you want and have it translated to others. If our Presidents can get the message trough with the language of their choise, why athletes should be forced to learn it too.

Im pretty sure Silva etc. can speak english decently enough anyway, but after you knock some guy out and are still hyped up and in adrenaline rush, communicating with your mother language is much easier. You just can't get into details when commenting your fight as well if you don't study some specific MMA grammar too, and even then its just more natural.
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:46 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I am just going to go ahead and say this is one of the dumbest questions I have ever heard. Normally I would just leave the thread alone but this one takes the cake!
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I, for one, enjoy when the fighters talk in broken english with their accents. Speaking english would probably help the fighter more as in an advertising or as a spokesman, but this is MMA. Their fighting and their big wins is what brings them their earnings and sponsorships more than the ability to speak english properly.

I don't even need a translator, some subtitle would be fine.
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I think the whole world should be speaking English. The language barriers create problems for everyone and alienates those that are foreign to some country. If everyone spoke English we'd have less problems in this world because there would be less differences among us. Sure individuality is great, but with individuality comes supremacy and racism.
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No it is stupid what the LPGA is doing and the UFC is fine with the translators.
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