SpyLOG
16/4/2014 22:59
RIA Novosti

Sports

Polyglot Wonziacki Explains Language Gift

18:32 21/10/2012
MOSCOW, October 21 (RIA Novosti)
Tags: tennis, Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki counts herself lucky that she can absorb foreign languages so easily, after dazzling the Moscow media with her confident grasp of Russian.

The 22-year-old won the Kremlin Cup final against Sam Stosur on Sunday, and after answering questions in Russian said that she had never spent any time studying the language.

"I've never been learning Russian. It's just come from listening to some phone calls and spending some time with my Russian friends when I was younger, so I never learned it, just picked it up," said Wozniacki.

During her week in Moscow, the Dane has often thanked her fans with several sentences of well-accented Russian, answered dozens of Russian-language questions in English without waiting for translation and even corrected an interpreter just minutes after winning the final.

The daughter of Polish immigrants in Denmark, Wozniacki had those two languages as twin mother tongues from the outset.

She can pass for a native-English speaker too, and while her Russian, a language in the same Slavic group as Polish, might not quite reach those lofty heights, it demonstrates her gift nicely.

"I think I'm lucky that I can pick up some languages," she said.

Polyglots on the globalized tennis tour are nothing new, with Swiss star Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, to name but two, boasting at least six languages between them.

 

  • Add to blog
  • Send to friend
  • Share

Add to blog

You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.

Publication code:

Preview:

RIA NovostiCaroline Wozniacki Polyglot Wonziacki Explains Language Gift

18:32 21/10/2012 Caroline Wozniacki counts herself lucky that she can absorb foreign languages so easily, after dazzling the Moscow media with her confident grasp of Russian.>>

Send by e-mail

All fields are required!



Leave a comment



    Рейтинг@Mail.ru  Rambler's Top100
    © 2014  RIA Novosti
    Some material may be inappropriate for those under 18