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Old December 22nd, 2012, 09:08 PM   #17881
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 09:10 PM   #17882
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You asked this like some Slovenian hillbilly. Correct is "znaš špansko?". Anyway, if you move your mouse to the green/grey light, it shows in Spanish. Now bogdymol no está en línea. Verso está invisible.
Sorry, it was Google Translator. I use Spanish as forum language, so maybe it's a bug in English version...
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #17883
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 09:17 PM   #17884
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 09:20 PM   #17885
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:02 AM   #17886
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BBC World News' five-minute sports report (sport report, if you prefer) just showed highlights from a soccer match in Australia. Thought soccer was about as important in Australia as it is here. :-P

Of course, they then moved on to cricket....
What is the attitude of Americans towards soccer? Is really so unpopular or with the globalization is gettin more and more popular (especially during World Cups, the USA hosted the 1994 edition)?
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 12:32 AM   #17887
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Globalization is mostly Americanization.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 01:32 AM   #17888
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What is the attitude of Americans towards soccer? Is really so unpopular or with the globalization is gettin more and more popular (especially during World Cups, the USA hosted the 1994 edition)?
Well, people play soccer, but as a professional sport that people watch, it has competition, because we have our own sports that are long-established, rivalries between teams or universities or cities that are long-established. And it comes and goes. There was the...what was it called, the NASL?...when I was a teenager - I went to a couple matches of the New York Cosmos - but it failed. Now there's a professional league again, but.... If you hear an American talk about the "four major sports," they're baseball, (American) football, basketball and (ice) hockey. Although I believe hockey's on strike this winter. ("I believe," because I've never actually cared about hockey, so I'm not sure.)

There's some soccer, mostly European, on TV, and some Spanish-language channels carry Latin American, or at least Mexican matches. When you're watching sports on, say, ESPN, and they show scores on the bottom of the screen they'll now include soccer scores (our league, Mexico's, the Premier League, maybe Spain and Italy...) Just because I pay attention to Europe, I can name plenty of top European teams, quite a few in certain countries, even if I know nothing else about them; but I can name just two North American professional teams.

Some sports bars advertise that they've got soccer on and they'll get crowds for important matches and the World Cup, but I think a lot of that is, say, British expats gathering to watch and English team in the Champions League.

People do pay attention to the World Cup, but, that's as frequent as the Olympics....


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If anything, at least on the topic of sports and at least from my point of view, there's the opposite idea: that Americans ought to conform to the rest of the world on this. I remember lots of people in the media (and I'm talking Americans) during the '94 World Cup picking on us for not being as soccer-happy as Europeans, because it meant we weren't good citizens of the world. Which rubbed me the wrong way: I've studied enough languages, read enough European history, kept up with enough European news, gone to enough European films, and so on, that I don't need anyone telling me I'm not international enough, thank you. And we get a new round of that (although not as intense) every World Cup. I don't see anything wrong with this country having its own sports and anything wrong with Americans liking American sports. And there are plenty of public people - mostly right-wing media types but not entirely* (I'm not right-wing, at least by American standards, myself) who have the same reaction/opinion.

So for me, it just takes the form of making fun of Europeans' soccer obsession whenever the occasion arises. :-) I make fun of cricket too, but that's because it's silly. :-P When the Six Nations rugby tournament shows up on BBCAmerica, on the other hand, I'll actually watch it.


*Keith Olbermann - Americans will be familiar with the name, and right-wingers will probably start spitting... - was outspoken about this when it came up. I don't know if it was just because he was a baseball nut....
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 01:41 AM   #17889
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Although - troll mode on - isn't the prevalence of soccer in much of the world actually a lingering after-effect of British imperialism? - troll mode off.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:00 AM   #17890
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Although - troll mode on - isn't the prevalence of soccer in much of the world actually a lingering after-effect of British imperialism? - troll mode off.
It's probably one of the reasons of the unpopularity of that sport in America. When Brits invented it in the XIX century, UK and USA weren't exactly friends (independence gained recently) so probably Americans tried to distinguish themselves from their former colonizers, including in sports.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:11 AM   #17891
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Well, soccer's not that big in Canada either, or in Australia or New Zealand as far as I know. I'm guessing it's less a matter of consciously distinguishing ourselves from Britain than of soccer's just not catching on here. (Why it became more popular on the Continent, let alone in Latin America, than in actual British colonies (at the time) like Canada, I have no idea....
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:11 AM   #17892
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FIFA World Cup of 1994 still holds the record for largest overall attendance record, by far and large, of all times, even if it was still played by only 24 national teams before they expanded to 32 from 1998 (thus adding 12 additional matches to the tournament!)
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:15 AM   #17893
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 11:42 AM   #17894
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:07 PM   #17895
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I collected my new car on Thursday. I've driven about 500 km in it so far, just around Sydney to get used to the vehicle. It's pretty smooth to drive, and has a really comfortable interior.

I haven't yet tried fitting a camera to it so I can post videos of Sydney roads, but that's coming Real Soon Now.

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Also, the E-Tag we use to pay tolls electronically over here (I'm not sure how many other countries have something similar):

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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:11 PM   #17896
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Also, the E-Tag we use to pay tolls electronically over here (I'm not sure how many other countries have something similar):
There's in Italy too and it's called Telepass.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:33 PM   #17897
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I only ate a pancake, it looked really good, but unfortunately didn't taste so good as it looked, and it was very hot, was microwave warmed.
We did stop to eat in an underground place under the Danish Embassy, although the girl the girl who took orders was very bored, didn't seem to know much English, and for whatever reason didn't want to bring to one of us beer, but brought to other tables, food was nice and price was good.
It wasnt really a pancake, but Lokša, which is more similar to something like Markook or Yufka. Maybe it has Turkish orgin who knows.

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Old December 23rd, 2012, 02:35 PM   #17898
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I collected my new car on Thursday.
Very nice car! Congratulations!

Is it a VW Golf or Polo? Do you know where it was produced?
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 03:39 PM   #17899
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There's in Italy too and it's called Telepass.
Not really. This is E-Tag toll "station":


Now compare that to any Telepass toll station.

@Robosteve: in Europe there are some countries, which use such system, mostly for trucks and buses.
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@Robosteve: in Europe there are some countries, which use such system, mostly for trucks and buses.
Germany?
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