Luis Alberto First Interview at Liverpool – Spanish

Luis Alberto First interview at Liverpool in Spanish. Braulio asks the questions from a document provided in English. Luis Alberto currently on Loan to Malaga C F (2014-2015 season)

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Angel Di Maria arrives at Manchester United

After Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid, he was clearly keen to introduce himself to their fans through a press conference. I helped this Argentine winger by interpreting for him and you can hear the translation below: Thanks to Sky Sports for posting this on YouTube. Di Maria First interview as a Manchestwer United player. Interpreting by Braulio Ramos.  Thanks to Crazy...

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Juan Mata – Interpreting at Man United Press Conference

Many of the jobs a Spanish interpreter gets are usually to interpret English questions to a Spanish native tongue, and back from a Spanish native tongue for the English. However, on the occasion of Juan Mata being introduced to the English fans on his transfer from Chelsea to Manchester United at the press conference was a little different. This time the main interpreting role was to interpret the questions by Spanish reporters to Mata for the English press. This was quite a refreshing situation where Juan Mata’s English was plenty good enough to answer the English press in English, but the Spanish press were in force and able to ask their questions in Spanish. The English press, used to dealing only in English would certainly feel left out if they didn’t understand the questions or answers. So, the interpreting role here was to make the Spanish part of the press conference open and available to the English press and fans. Above is the video of the press conference where Juan Mata answers all the questions from the English press first, on his own without the need for interpreting, and then starting at 11 minutes the Spanish press ask their questions in Spanish. I thought this was a really nice touch by Man United for Mata’s Spanish fan base, and shows how important English football is in Spain. Most of the videos on YouTube of the press conference don’t include Mata being questioned in Spanish by the Spanish press, but thankfully this one posted by FullTimeDEVILS includes it. Wishing Mata well, who looks comfortable in his latest career...

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Luis Suárez – the Spanish connection

The First Luis Suárez The first Luis Suárez was born in my home town of La Coruña (Spain) and played for Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña, Barcelona and Inter Milan. He also played for the Spanish national side and was part of the squad that played in the 1966 World Cup in England, Spain came as European champions, a trophy they won in 1964 for the first time. Before all this, Luis Suárez played for a street youth club called Alameda, the name came from Calle Alameda in the centre of La Coruña. My uncle Manolo Varela played in the same team with the first Luis Suárez and had a picture of the team with both in it, which he showed me. My other uncle used to take me to football when I was young and we always stopped in a bar in Calle Alameda before the match where much discussion took place. This Luis Suárez is the only Spanish player to have won the The Ballon d’Or (“Golden Ball”) often referred to as the European Footballer of the Year award in those days. It is now known as FIFA Ballon d’Or.  He also managed the Spanish national team.   The Second Luis Suárez The second Luis Suárez is probably the one you will know best today. He was born in Uruguay, plays for his National side and plays for Liverpool FC. You have probably read much about him in the press and have formed an opinion of what he is like, but as they say, you can’t believe everything you read in the papers. Following the family tradition, I was privileged to meet the second Luis Suárez, spending a few days in a confined environment from early morning to late evening with him and others. When I met him for the first time, I sat next to him in a meeting room at Liverpool’s training ground, Melwood. During our brief introduction and conversation, I was initially interested in Luis Suárez the person and not the football player, so I talked about his family, he showed me a picture of his little girl and his face told me he was a very proud father. You see it helps to understand and convey context when interpreting. During all the time I was assigned to work with Luis I found he was easy to get on with, pleasant and kind. He always dressed well, arrived on time, and on the...

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