Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, September 20, 2004

Special English


The alternativet discussion page (eftersnacket) has been full of comments about the English spoken by commentators at the World Champs.

I followed the live audio/video coverage of most of the middle distance and relay races. I guess I saw about 4:30 to 5:00 hours of coverage. The announcers mixed Swedish and English, with a bit of German and Finnish thrown in. Some of the runners were interviewed after they finished and some of them spoke a bit of English.

The English was fine but not perfect. Aside for one or two British and Australian runners, I don't think anyone was a native English speaker. I was impressed that someone would even make an effort to speak English at the end of a hard race.

My favorite non-native English interview was when a runner described it as being "very funny in the forest today." Of course, he meant it was "fun" not "funny." But the image of a pack of world class orienteers running around and laughing is amusing.

I'm not sure if I have a point or not. Maybe my point is just that people who are criticizing the English -- which was a part of the best live O' coverage I've ever seen -- should just lighten up.

posted by Michael | 9:42 PM


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