Language of Sports

Posted in English Language by Lindsey on 12 Aug 2011

People all over the United States and the world engage in sports on a daily basis. Whether it is running, American football, soccer, baseball, hockey, or lacrosse, people from all over the world are able to interact with each other and enjoy a healthy activity. Whether it is a professional or community league, there is a good chance that you, as an athlete, will be playing with or against somebody who speaks another language. That is part of the beauty of being involved with sports. Everybody on a team or in a specific league does not need to speak the same language in order to enjoy the game and compete with each other. It is as though sports take on individual languages of their own.

Some argue that, although it is not a problem, multiple languages in a single league aren't always the easiest thing to work with. Take Major League Soccer (MLS) for example. Soccer is a huge sport. Aside from the regular seasons, the world cup brings star players together from all around the world every year. Many professional teams have translators to streamline communication between coaches and players and between players and the rest of their teammates.

But does having a translator solve all communication issues? No. The Seattle Times did an article about a Colombian forward named Fredy Montero. He said that coming to the United States and learning English (he natively speaks Spanish) was a benefit. Knowing both languages increases his ability to interact with his coaches, teammates, and fans.

Check out The Seattle Times article for more about learning English and the benefit it has on sports.