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LPGA to require players to speak English...

Discussion in 'General Golf Talk' started by TheWOAT, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    That's one side of the argument, and I happen to agree with you. But that doesn't mean everyone who disagrees with us on this point is a "bleeding heart," whatever that means.
     
  2. MCDavis

    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Isn't that a phenomenal 1st post!!

    Welcome to Shot Talk!

    I'm guessing you're not a liberal. :laugh:

    +1, E-man!
     
  3. slank & slope

    slank & slope Well-Known Member

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    Your right, but it sure as hell doesn't mean they're right!

    BTW, "bleeding heart" is slang for an uber liberal
     
  4. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Are you one of those "I'm always right" people? Inquiring minds want to know.
     
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    Adam Pettman Well-Known Member

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    They can do as they want, I'd just like to know their reasoning.
     
  6. ezra76

    ezra76 Well-Known Member

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    I've got a little motivation from this. Since my good friend and golf partner is of Korean descent, I've decided to attempt to learn some basic spoken Korean. So far I know how to say the equivilent of "hello, how are you?".
     
  7. JEFF4i

    JEFF4i She lives! Supporting Member

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    Ah, that reminds me, something I think is more than fair to note...

    Citizens of the U.S. really need to try to be bilangual, as it is more sensible and respectful to our neighboring countries. Especially if we see rules like this and support them.
     
  8. xamilo

    xamilo Right Curving Driver.... Supporting Member

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    That's a very considerate post. As well, knowing a second language does open a lot of doors, at work and culturally. Its amazing how another language can help you see thing from the eyes of someone else...
     
  9. JEFF4i

    JEFF4i She lives! Supporting Member

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    Without a doubt. I'm not "fluent" persay, but pretty decent with Spanish and French, which helps soooooo much.
     
  10. David Hillman

    David Hillman Well-Known Member

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    I speak Canadian just fine.

    As an aside, what exactly is "bilangual"? I'm not just being a spelling-flame jerk, though, I have a point. Most citizens ( and, ahem, other residents ) of the US need to work on their English. Once that is accomplished, then yes, learning other languages is great. I don't think "respect for our neighbors" is much of a reason, though. If you came home, and found someone had broken into your house, and was eating the food in your kitchen, would you worry about speaking their language out of respect?

    I work in an office of a couple dozen people, where there are, at last count, eight native languages spoken. Should we all learn them all, or should we agree on a common language, and use that?
     
  11. JEFF4i

    JEFF4i She lives! Supporting Member

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    Let me rephrase David...more clearly; Were I to grow up in a world where there is undeniably a world market, and knowing that we are only 3% of the population, I would like to think that out of respect of other countries I would at least show an attempt to learn their language.
     
  12. Harry Longshanks

    Harry Longshanks bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    Exactly. We've gotten so used to being isolated. Most Euros speak 2 or more languages.

    There's nothing wrong with a "common language" (and in the U.S. that would obviously be English), but there is a problem with refusing to even attempt to communicate with the rest of the world.

    I don't understand why they don't start kids in 1st grade with languages. Their minds are like sponges at that age when it comes to things like learning languages.

    And don't get me started on our ridiculous refusal to adopt the metric system.
     
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    Strangely, I agree with the rule for the near term. If the LPGA is going to make it, it will need players who can communicate to the American public. Players who can communicate with each other. As an organization, the LPGA has an obligation to build support and a following, not necessarily be a playgroung for foreign golf machines who are trained from birth to swing a club. Once the LPGA can build its brand, its pool of sponsorship, fan base and stars to showcase, it can then go back to pure competition. In the mean time there are a number of Pacific Rim tours that the Asian players can compete on. It may sound bias, but from a business perspective I can see the LPGA's point.
     
  14. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Especially since we could go up to a pump and see $1.05/l instead of $4.00/gal. That would make many Americans very happy.
     
  15. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Most Europeans don't have to travel too far to cross a border and run into a different language. We're just too darn big. The schools here start Spanish in kindergarten, but I'm not impressed by the absorbtion rate among the kids (other than those growing up in Spanish speaking households).

    From the LPGA's perspective, it's all about money. Which really means it's all about the pro-ams and keeping the sponsors happy. I really would have preferred a more targeted approach: you need to be able to entertain the big money, and here's what you need to do: not just talking to them, but interacting, not treating it like a practice round, etc. etc. That covers a lot more than just speaking English.

    And I could go on, but I won't. You're welcome.:)
     
  16. JEFF4i

    JEFF4i She lives! Supporting Member

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    You're the only one on besides me, y'know...who posts. Go for it!
     
  17. ClairefromClare

    ClairefromClare Like my balls?

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    Jeff, sounds like you need a life! Where's that meatloaf?:p
     
  18. Harry Longshanks

    Harry Longshanks bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    I would like to say, at this juncture, that I am fundamentally opposed to meatloaf.

    Meat in "loaf" form is just wrong. Bread comes in loaf form. Meat does not. Think about it - "a loaf of meat". It's just not right.
     
  19. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    I guess SPAM is pretty much off the menu, eh?
     
  20. Harry Longshanks

    Harry Longshanks bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    :diespam:



    Never on the menu. Canned meat. Ick.

    But at least Spam serves a purpose. It's easy, cheap, and keeps forever. But people make an effort create meatloaf. They work at it.

    It's.a.loaf.of.meat.people! It's not natural!

    I mean, can you imagine the outcry if restaurants started serving "bread chops"? Or the Colonel's "fried bread" with 7 herbs and spices? Or "bread dogs"? How about "BBQ baguettes"? No. Wouldn't happen.

    There are certain culinary lines that should not be crossed, and somehow "loaf of meat" snuck over the border when no one was looking.

    I say, deport the bastard right now!
     

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