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07-28-2011, 03:31 PM
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Some people are able to pick up languages and others aren't. My first language was Greek but I can't spit out 2 words together anymore so when I am around people who primarily speak Greek, I clam up. With me, at least it was my first language so if I had to pick it up again but if I were forced to learn it as an adult, it would be really hard.
I'm saying this as someone that didn't want him on the team, just so you know.
Hockey aside, and by that I mean everything hockey related with Z (skills, team work, practice etc.), making sure you understand what is asked of you by your employer was Z's responsibility. If he had had trouble with that, he should not have come back for another season. Or should have arranged for an interpreter.
We have examples of Malkin and BOB who do not speak English and are way ahead of Z in comprehension.
Also my parents, who had come here at the age of 62 learned English enough to live independently and communicate with doctors, car mechanics, government workers; so, no, Z does not get a pass from me for poor English comprehension.
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