宋明亮-Song
BIG problem in English

i am a soccer instructor 。3 days ago i was appointed for teaching a international group who are from Europe 。 but i am not able to communicate with them smoothly as my english is horrible 。i am awkward,especially every time i have to explain how doing with ball in english during the training。 i hardly know any word about soccer in english。

  so could someone help me,tell me  some specialized words adout soccer training?!

  thank you!

Jul 10, 2014 3:19 AM
Comments · 8

Just be yourself and feel confident when speaking entirely in Chinese.

 

English is not necessarily useful as not everyone in Europe speaks English.

 

Anyway, any group of people who come to China to learn football must be profoundly wise, understanding and tolerant.  

 

Less tolerant individuals would have chosen to go to England (if they wish to speak English) or Germany (if they are interested in winners and not losers).

 

 

July 10, 2014

Don't worry!  Teach with confidence entirely in Chinese, so that your teaching is not affected in any way.

 

Beckham when he came to China to teach youngsters football did not try to speak Chinese.

 

Use a lot of body language and personal demonstration.  Concentrate on movements and techniques.  You are teaching football, not Confucian philosophy.  You don't need words.

 

我是认真的,你真的不用担心,满怀信心的用中文授课就可以了。

 

July 10, 2014

Start by forgetting the word " soccer ". This word is tabu in Europe. Only the north americans use it. If you say in France " I play soccer " everybody is going is to look at you surprised. No, we say " football" . You know the game played with a ball, that you strike with the feet.

July 10, 2014

I am curious what kind of object you are confronting? children, teenagers, or adults? Perhaps you may demonstrate your skills with your gesture or posture or even sign langugage as much as you can in face of some embarrassing circumstance. It is supposed to be the point that your skills in soccer counts.

July 10, 2014

If it really bother you... if I were you I`d invete an interpreter. Why not? If it s really important to you.

And maybe I would start some course specialized in this very sphere of activity.. I mean sport and football in particular.

But, sure, I agree with the previous comments - the most important is to be confident. They should try making efforts to understand you too.

 

Good luck!

July 10, 2014
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宋明亮-Song
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English