WorldView: A Language Blog

WorldView is a place for leaders in the fields of language education, global citizenship, immersion learning and other topics central to the Concordia Language Villages mission to address issues important to their fields.

Subscribe here to receive new blog posts directly to your inbox.

WorldView Good Reads: Sporting Languages

Published: September 29, 2021

Villagers and counselors playing soccer at
Concordia Language Villages.

When it comes to sports, athletes often find that being able to speak another language opens doors to international opportunity. For others, multilingualism allows them to develop and strengthen ties with teammates and fans from around the world. From training to interpreting, here are a few links that explore the relationship between world languages and the field of sports. 

'A Game of Speech'—But Also, For Baseball Interpreters, So Much More explores the role of interpreters working in Major League Baseball, where more than 28% of players come from outside of US borders and rely on the sensitivity and accuracy of their interpreters to refine their play of the game. 

Can John Cena speak Chinese? He can! In fact, wrestler John Cena, who claims he speaks Chinese at about a third grade level, learned Mandarin in order to better promote World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in the Chinese market. 

Serbian tennis player and 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic can speak a whopping 11 different languages; he feels it’s a sign of respect when visiting another country.

What Does Baseball’s Bilingualism Reveal? examines the multilingual world of baseball and perceptions regarding bilingualism amongst players and fans.   

Did you know that physical movement can enhance your ability to memorize, retain and understand new vocabulary? Read more about How Exercise Could Help You Learn a New Language.

Hockey Night in Canada diversifies its broadcast languages by offering online play-by-play in Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Vietnamese, Tagalog, German, Arabic and Punjubi, as well as English, hoping to attract and include a more diverse audience to the sport.  

comments powered by Disqus