Felix A A on training with Federer (video)

#5
if this kid isn't the next dominant player I'm going to lose all hope.
Be patient. The kid is all about taking his time and preparation. I was actually very surprised by his demeanor and how articulate he is, and not just for his age. He speaks better French than the general population of “La Belle Province.”

In his interview he says he’s off to play more challengers on clay in preparation for RG because he doesn’t want to aggravate a knee injury he picked up at the beginning of the year. In other words he’s willing to put in the work, but he’s also smart about it. Think of him as the anti-Thiem.
 
#6
I was able to watch him practice with Federer. He was sitting there waiting for Fed to show up for 15mins. Seemed to have a nice chat with him. Even Wozniacki and David Lee were watching Federer while warming up from the next court.



Luckily, my son was able to get an autograph from Fed at the end.

 
#9
Could have just gone in news but seemed enough of interest to justify a thread, although the subtitling is a bit hit and miss.

Interesting on how he was surprised by the workload and also on how hard and fast Fed's shots are.

great interview... not only felix looks like a very cool and likeable fellow, but i'm also impressed by how 'wise' he sounds (especially as he's only 17 !)

can't wait to see more matches from him :)
 
#10
He speaks better French than the general population of “La Belle Province.”
Interesting. I think I've heard that Quebec French is a lot different to the French spoken in France itself. Do people in Quebec speak a standard French as well as their own language? Rather like Swiss German speakers speak standard German as well?
 
#12
Interesting. I think I've heard that Quebec French is a lot different to the French spoken in France itself. Do people in Quebec speak a standard French as well as their own language? Rather like Swiss German speakers speak standard German as well?
The words are for the most part the same, but the accent is hugely different. I haven't lived in quebec for any part of my life so despite living in french-speaking switzerland and travelling to france often, I only understand about 35% of this interview.
 
#13
The words are for the most part the same, but the accent is hugely different. I haven't lived in quebec for any part of my life so despite living in french-speaking switzerland and travelling to france often, I only understand about 35% of this interview.
I wonder if he speaks in French or English with Federer? Sounds like Fed might find it difficult to understand Quebec French.
 
#14
That I don't know. Federer is better in French than me so I'm sure he understands FAA. He did interviews in Montreal in French afaik and understood them well.

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#15
Quebecers understand other French dialects just fine. The inability of Euro-French speakers to understand other dialects (in particular Quebec French) is baffling to me. It's not like Anglos don't understand Texans, Aussies, Brits, New Yorkers, East Coast Canadians, North Dakotans, etc.
 
#16
That I don't know. Federer is better in French than me so I'm sure he understands FAA. He did interviews in Montreal in French afaik and understood them well.

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Swiss French journalists say that although Fed's French is not as good as his English he does tend to be more open in French and express himself more personally.

Quebecers understand other French dialects just fine. The inability of Euro-French speakers to understand other dialects (in particular Quebec French) is baffling to me. It's not like Anglos don't understand Texans, Aussies, Brits, New Yorkers, East Coast Canadians, North Dakotans, etc.
English people do have trouble with strong Northern Irish and Scottish accents though.
 
#17
Swiss French journalists say that although Fed's French is not as good as his English he does tend to be more open in French and express himself more personally.



English people do have trouble with strong Northern Irish and Scottish accents though.

I think it has a lot to do with insularity vs. openness. Canadians and Quebecers look outwards for information and culture more than say, the French or the Americans. The more your ears are exposed to variation, the more one is able to synthesize.
 
#23
Swiss French journalists say that although Fed's French is not as good as his English he does tend to be more open in French and express himself more personally.



English people do have trouble with strong Northern Irish and Scottish accents though.

add cockney british to that as well


It took me about 2 months to be able to understand Eastenders when I started watching


There is a Welsh tv comedy that I watch...more oven than not I need the closed captioning translation
 
#24
The words are for the most part the same, but the accent is hugely different. I haven't lived in quebec for any part of my life so despite living in french-speaking switzerland and travelling to france often, I only understand about 35% of this interview.
Interesting. I learnt my French in Geneva and France and now live in Montreal. Swiss French is easy to understand because the Swiss speak slooowly: “ya pas le feu au lac”!

Parisian is “standard” French and then in some regions of France the accent is quite tricky, like in the south.

Quebecois is not a dialect, but French spoken with a very distinct accent like you said, like Belgian. In some ways, Quebecois resembles the vernacular French that was spoken 400 years ago when the Province was first colonized.

FAA speaks a slightly European-tinged quebecois. It’s far closer to the “uppity” French spoken in Quebec by the more urbane/cosmopolitan crowds than the wider public. If you only caught 35% of what FAA said, if he had a “true” Quebec accent it would be closer to 20%.
 
#25
I think it has a lot to do with insularity vs. openness. Canadians and Quebecers look outwards for information and culture more than say, the French or the Americans. The more your ears are exposed to variation, the more one is able to synthesize.
Good analysis. Sarkozy, the French President, once commented after a trip to Quebec that Quebecers where like the French, but only more optimistic.
 
#26
Could have just gone in news but seemed enough of interest to justify a thread, although the subtitling is a bit hit and miss.

Interesting on how he was surprised by the workload and also on how hard and fast Fed's shots are.

I need to know Roger's Stretching routine for his back. and also Pre-match Warmup routine.
 
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