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Old 09-16-2011, 01:35 AM   #1
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Yani Tseng Teaches English...Well, Sort Of...

from my blog: Yani Tseng Teaches English…Well, Sort Of… Fairways And Forehands



Yani Tseng was interviewed at the 2011 Safeway Classic, where she talked about golf terms and the English lessons she took during the off-season. She has made a lot of progress in her English skills from a few years ago. One of the biggest reasons is that she is fearless when it comes to trying to speak better. Her outgoing personality works to her advantage, as a stumbling block to learning a new language for beginners is the fear of making an embarrassing mistake.

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Old 09-16-2011, 08:46 PM   #2
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Se Ri was also fearless with speaking English. She made a lot of mistakes initially, but got better the more she spoke.

I think it takes a strong personality with a lot of confidence to just barge ahead and speak a foreign language, esp on camera!

I wish those who don't bother to try would understand that English speaking audiences are very sympathetic to their efforts and don't care if they make mistakes.
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I wish those who don't bother to try would understand that English speaking audiences are very sympathetic to their efforts and don't care if they make mistakes.
Thanks LoJo. I spend 10 years in the USA, was married to a Texans for 15 years, I worked for an American Corp., (DuPont) for 8 years where basically we spoke English half the time. I have tried and tried and have taken courses, but..... I still have the accent of your typical wetback. NO EAR.

An anecdote: The only person I know of that had a worse ear than I, was "Che Guevara" . He learned to dance by learning the steps of each type of music. When the music starred, he would ask a friend, what kind of music was playing. Once, a friend told him it was a tango when it was really a simple bolero. When he began dancing tango with a pretty girl, the whole place exploded in laugh. Do not know what happened to his ex friend later.

Some of the foreign LPGA players have it easy, with a good ear, you get rid of the accent fast. Others as "Che" or many others including me will never succeed.

The anecdote is from a very serious biography of "Che". I believe it was Andrew Sinclair, but I also have a bad memory.

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from my blog: In-Kyung Kim and Beatriz Recari Teach English…Again, Sort Of… Fairways And Forehands

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Following on the heels of the Yani Tseng Teaches English post, here are LPGA stars In-Kyung Kim of South Korea and Beatriz Recari of Spain teaching golf terms. While much has been made about speaking English on the LPGA, I would like to point out there are many players making an effort to improve their English speaking skills.





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