Poland and Polish Discussion Group and Forum

Welcome to the original English language Poland and Polish discussion group board. This message forum is a place where English-speaking Poles, foreigners (expats) living in Poland, and anyone with a genuine interest in Poland can discuss and read the views of others concerning Poland. Subjects include: Polish news and current affairs; Life in Poland; politics; genealogy research; Polish culture and history; advice and tips on visiting Poland; Polish property and investment issues. The aim of our group is to increase awareness of wonderful Poland using the English language and allow and foster the honest debate and exchange of opinions on anything vaguely related to Poland and Polish - positive, negative and/or neutral! To state the obvious: all opinions and views expressed on this site are solely those of their respective authors and are not necessarily those of anyone else! Messages consisting of ads will be deleted.

Links:  Poland Directory; Polish Language Forum; Factbook Poland; Photographs of Poland; Polish TranslationA Town in Poland; Map

Poland and Polish Discussion Group and Forum
Start a New Topic 
Author
Comment
English in a month

English in a month

Fabio Capello has promised to learn English within a month before he meets his players for the first time.

At his official presentation at Football Association headquarters, Capello used English hesistantly and fleetingly, but has promised he will speak the language with his first squad in January.

"I am convinced that in one month when the national squad meets for the first time I will be able to speak the language," the Italian coach said.

"It is very important to be able to communicate with the players and for sure I need to give myself a strict regime. I will apply myself every day so that in a month I will be able to speak with the players."

He said one of his first tasks would be to understand the England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008, and to make his players perform as well for their country as they do for their clubs.

"I am going to try to understand what happened by talking to the players. Wearing the national team jersey is a matter of pride and I want them to play the same way for their country as they do for their club," he said.

Capello was keen to emphasise his commitment to England, saying he had never wanted to coach Italy and would love to meet the Azzurri in the 2010 World Cup final.

He also said he intended to employ a native coach, as he had done in all his other jobs away from Italy.

The 61-year-old opened with brief remarks in English before reverting to his mother tongue.

"I'm very proud and honoured to be the England manager. I have wanted this job for a long time but at the moment my English is not so well and I prefer to answer in Italian," he said.

"It's a dream come true. It's a job that everybody wants and as everybody knows there are great expectations. I will work with the FA to achieve these," he continued in Italian.

"I officially started working yesterday but my job officially starts on 7th January. Then my priority will be to meet the players and coaches. I think it is a great team that can get right to the top."

Stuart Pearce is the favourite for such a role having spent much of last Friday at FA headquarters in Soho Square.

Capello refused to guarantee David Beckham - currently on 99 - his 100th cap, but described the 32-year-old - with whom he worked at Real Madrid - as "a great player and a great man".

"He is the kind of player, when he sets himself a goal, he usually achieves it. But you never know. David's behaviour will be very important."

Meanwhile, FA chief executive Brian Barwick delivered a slap in the face for English coaches such as Harry Redknapp and Steve Coppell, saying:

"It should always be the ambition of the Football Association, wherever and whenever possible, to recruit an England manager from within this country. On this occasion we wanted to get the right man for the job."

Re: English in a month

I saw "Sven's" Nancy on TV yesterday.
Classy lady - totally unlike the witch the tabloids painted her to be.

She hinted that Monsieur le Chapeau had little to gain from learning English when it came to the media.

Re: English in a month

Is he making an observation on the wide vocabulary of England players?

Re: English in a month

sopra la luna

Re: English in a month

I seem to remember one particular school in Gorzow offering guaranteed passes at FCE using Callan in a similar timescale...

Re: English in a month

Offering guaranteed passes is surely a road to being sued by failed students!

As for the England manager learning in a minth, he already speaks some English, is no doubt highly motivated, and isn't going to be learning a huge vocabulary right away - he'll just learn what he needs for the job and be taught by one of the many specialist teachers who do foreign footballers.

Re: English in a month

English in a minth? He's not Inspector Clouseau, is he?

Re: English in a month

He might well turn out to be just as good an England Manager!

Re: English in a month

Offering guaranteed passes is surely a road to being sued by failed students!

They say in the small print. If you learn all the work set out. So not a hope in hell af learning everything.

Re: English in a month

So that's alright then!