Friday, April 19, 2013

Michael-A-Bradley-A (hand gesture)

I spoke to his dad earlier this week, and here Roma's Michael Bradley gets around to reminding me how much I enjoy watching my Italian friend Miri speak with her hands (plus those cute extra vowel sounds at the end of words in English).









- Greg Seltzer

6 comments:

dikranovich said...

claire daines is like this generations version of juliet lewis. i thought ann hathaway did a good impression on SNL of her girlfriend.

Tom Shenk said...

I love how Bradley is so down to earth. It seems like the Italians are little by little falling in love with this particular American.

I have to say though that the Totti Speaks American vid had me laughing my ass off.

Unknown said...

Holy crap, he's already getting an Italian accent/inflection when he speaks English. o.O

Paul Poenicke said...

Ah, I don't hear too much of an accent/inflection. Bradley certainly has a ways to go to catch Altidore and Friedel in the accent/inflection category.

Jamie said...

That's not how it works, guys. It's not like he goes home and talks like that to his wife. Some people alter their speech slightly when they're talking to non-native speakers; it's not always necessarily deliberate, but I think it stems from a certain willingness to adjust to one's surrounding and be conscientious. I've lived and worked abroad and I can tell you for sure that I speak differently around foreigners than I do around native speakers of English. I can also tell you that people who don't make accommodations can give foreigners fits. I was working in Europe with a guy from Queens who made no such accommodations and it was not a good thing. I would also go out of my way to relate to natives on their terms and I think it went some way toward ingratiating to them in a way that many other Americans don't necessarily bother doing.

dikranovich said...

yes, jaime, you ever seen someone from india speaking with a western PA accent, like a pittsburgher. its pretty heart warming. "hey yuns guys."