Ichiro don't speak English or understand it....wtf??

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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:10:38 AM
I'm pretty sure Ichiro here for about 10+ years and playing baseball. Got shitload of money to hire someone to teach him or even pick up English by watching TV or from hearing his teammates. But after 10+ years he still need a translator? EVEN YAO MING doesn't need a translator after couple of years in America....Does he don't care about learning English fluently? Just wondering...
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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:17:20 AM
Yeah that kinda garbage pisses me off too. I had a guy here in L.A. ask me one time when i was gonna learn to speak spanish and i replied, "when i friggin move to mexico." Its laziness and arrogance. Laziness cuz they dont wanna put in the time and arrogance thinking they dont need to or everyone should learn their language. Its a joke
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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:18:02 AM
Haha I was thinking the same thing, he's been here forever.
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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:23:52 AM
Only speaks with kuroda
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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:30:16 AM
Do some research before starting a thread.  He speaks English but has always done his press conferences with a translator.  It's in his contract.

BTW, if you're going to criticize a foreigner about not speaking English, maybe you should use proper spelling and grammar yourself.
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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:39:40 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by kimoinsd808:

Do some research before starting a thread.  He speaks English but has always done his press conferences with a translator.  It's in his contract.

BTW, if you're going to criticize a foreigner about not speaking English, maybe you should use proper spelling and grammar yourself.


I'm not hating on him at all. I was just wondering because I saw a translator during his press conference. Just wondering, stop being so offensive.
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Posted: 7/24/2012 12:42:22 AM
Ya. I thought the same exact thing while watching his interview. I bet he can speak it, he just isn't confident enough to in a public interview. In the clubhouse I am sure he speaks it broken and not perfect but he has to. He's been here for so long he should be able to speak it broken at the least.
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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:08:07 AM

He can, but it's not perfect. That's why he still uses a translator. Yao Ming was willing to do it on his own even though he knew his English wasn't perfect. Ichiro does not and prefers sending flawless messages.

Why is this even a big deal? There are Americans playing baseball in Asia for yrs and they all use translators?

It's not ALL arrogance people. Sometimes it's about being professional.

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Posted: 7/24/2012 1:29:51 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by SiMbEcK11:

Ya. I thought the same exact thing while watching his interview. I bet he can speak it, he just isn't confident enough to in a public interview. In the clubhouse I am sure he speaks it broken and not perfect but he has to. He's been here for so long he should be able to speak it broken at the least.

Exactly, and I am sue he lest want o say something wrong that the media might twist.
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Posted: 7/24/2012 2:16:04 AM
Don't mean to bust your balls mate, but if the situation was reversed, are you willing to learn the Japanese language? Another thing you have to consider, these players know it's just a job, they're here to play and in the future will return to theirs' countries. Same thing with you, if you're from the US playing in another country, I'm sure you want to return back to the US, right? At the end of the day, it's all about the job, the money. In the contract, it stated that he's over there to play ball, not to learn the language.
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Posted: 7/24/2012 2:20:54 AM
Als u bereid bent te kijken naar deze omhoog, dan is de kans groot dat u opmerkingen maken over andere mensen en talen.
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Posted: 7/28/2012 4:13:42 AM
People actually say Ichiro speaks english very well, and throws around some spanish too at the latin players in the dugout.  It's never been confirmed why exactly he uses a translator, but it's been said it's because he's a perfectionist and doesn't want things to get lost in translation (odd because I speak a little japanese, and his translator isn't always concise), or it's for his fans, and people back in Japan who watch the press conferences.  
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