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Two couples are placed opposite each other at the one remaining table in a bar by the Volga. One is Russian and the other Brazilian; it quickly turns out there is no common language but the semaphore for “anyone fancy a beer?” is universal enough and, besides, the football is on. They could probably get by for the evening on visual cues and repeat mentions of Harry Kane, but England v Colombia works better as background entertainment and the local man has an idea. Out comes a smartphone; a few taps later and he is speaking slowly, clearly, into the mic: “How many games have you been to? I thought your team played well against Serbia.” The question is parroted back to his new friends, robotically and in correct Portuguese. Now the floodgates are open: by the time Eric Dier has scored the winning penalty, mother tongues have long since become irrelevant and the device is mediating plans to meet for more drinks the following day. Men's Adidas Chris Tierney Authentic Teal Green NHL Jersey: San Jose Sharks #50 USA Flag FashionIt was Franz Kafka who said “all language is but a poor translation” but http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Malcolm_Jenkins_Jersey_Cheapperhaps he would have softened upon witnessing this scene and the thousands of similar iterations that have pulled visitors through good, bad and sometimes cringeworthy situations in Russia this summer. This has been a World Cup of shocks, set-pieces and VAR; it has also been the World Cup of Google Translate, the technology coming into its own during a month of frenzied cross-cultural exchange in places where multilingualism is not always common. A South Korean needs to extend his stay in Kazan for another night? Tell it to the phone. A waitress has no khachapuri left to serve a table of hungry Costa Ricans Alex Goligoski Jersey in Samara? Let the medium become the message. The process is at once expedient, slightly stilted and faintly dystopian. It has been wildly popular: Google reports a 30% increase in Translate sessions from within Russia using Mario Edwards Jr Youth jersey mobile phones since the tournament began, with conversion from Spanish to Russian the most popular option. That owes to the tide of travelling supporters from Latin America, whose absence from the latter stages has been keenly felt both in and away from the stands; there has also been a 40% leap in exchanges using Arabic and Russian. Queries containing “World Cup” have gone up by 200% and those involving “beer” by 65%. Statistics may appear dry but they seem to confirm one of the more desirable side-effects of a World Cup: a genuine effort from people of multiple nationalities to have a good time and get along. Technology is yet to gain perfect mastery of nuance or vernacular so there has, perhaps refreshingly, been a healthy pile of unintended misunderstandings, insults and double entendres. One colleague, having used Google Translate to negotiate a http://www.officialseahawksfootball.com/YOUTH+CORTEZ+KENNEDY+JERSEYcompetitive taxi rate in Volgograd, was wrong-footed when the driver offered: “If you would like a blow, it could be less.” He was proposing to turn the air conditioning down. Another, red-faced and puffing after an early-morning run in oppressive Robert Horry Jersey midsummer heat, was abashed to be confronted by a soldier who – using the text-based version of the service – flashed the question “Do you require medical attention?” on his screen. It might be enough to leave you pining for the days of the Berlitz phrasebook and the set of stock phrases studiously learned on the flight over. A significant reason for Google Translate’s primacy, though, is that the Cyrillic alphabet presents a hurdle before anyone has even started on vocabulary. In fact it can be picked up very quickly but that is easy to say when most football fans are around for a good time rather than a long time. Besides, there is an app for that too; a number of supporters and media have fried each other’s brains with programmes that use a phone’s camera to instantly change the Russian text on, say, a cereal packet to English. In practical terms, what does all this mean? Google says its vision is of “a world where language is no longer a barrier to discovering information or connecting with each other”. If information is ever to become truly democratised then that would appear essential, with the caveat that only 100% translation accuracy could complete the process. But the obvious collateral damage in this quickfire route to comprehension is that, slowly, learning a foreign language becomes less and less necessary. A battle may already be looming. Last August, figures from Ucas showed that applications from UK students to study European language courses at university had dropped by 22.8% in the preceding five years; the figure for non-European languages had fallen by 17.5%. The line between opening different ways of being and creating a monoculture might be very thin; if nothing else there is certainly a complicit abdication of responsibility in speaking into a device that interprets your words according to its own wishes, in a language you cannot understand. wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseyscheap nfl jerseys
xiaolan Jul 13 · Tags: jerseys
Eni Aluko is wearing a lime-green Hawaiian print shirt and is surprisingly sprightly after a week of celebrations to mark the end of her time as a Chelsea player. There was a champagne party bus home from the game in Bristol where the club won the title unbeaten, plus festivities that followed her scoring in her final match at Liverpool. Back in London, Aluko cooked paella for 20 friends at her home and David Luiz invited the squad to dine at his new Italian restaurant. Men's Replica Majestic Michael Jordan White Alternate Jersey - #45 MLB Chicago White Sox Cool Base“It had been an amazing week with women who have become good friends,” Aluko says. “Finishing this season in such a positive way wrapped up what started so negatively for me personally.” Womens Youth Redskins Jerseys Between the revelry, there were plenty of tears as the 31-year-old considered Jalen Richard">http://www.officialraiderslockerroom.com/elite-jalen-richard-jersey">Jalen Richard Womens Jersey reversing her decision. Aluko had grown frustrated at her bit-part role, concluding after five and a half years with Chelsea she would be more fulfilled elsewhere. She has signed with a club in Europe but won’t reveal where. “I’ve achieved pretty much everything I wanted to with Chelsea except maybe the Champions League, which I could still do somewhere else. I love to travel and sample new cultures; the opportunity to play in Europe and learn a language is a big one. But there have been a lot of tears. I was crying on the pitch in Bristol. I have such a strong bond with the people I work with and questioned whether I’m ever going to experience that Jimmie Ward Womens Jersey again http://www.authenticclevelandindiansshop.com/Edwin-Encarnacion-Jersey with a new team, whether I’ll be that happy – the doubts start creeping in.” A forward with electrifying pace, Aluko has been one of the outstanding players in Britain for more than 15 years, since joining Birmingham City Ladies aged 15. Marcus Bignot, her coach at the time, called her the “Wayne Rooney of women’s football”. Her mum, Sileola, and dad, Daniel, a Dylan DeMelo Womens Jersey former MP in Nigeria, moved the family from Lagos to Birmingham when Aluko was six months old. She excelled at school and her parents encouraged her to continue her education even as it became apparent a top-flight football career was a possibility for her and her younger brother, Sone. Alongside playing she graduated with a first-class honours degree from Brunel University and worked as a lawyer. Aluko is adamant girls should not be forced to choose between a football Enrique Hernandez Womens Jersey career and academic studies, calling for clubs to offer the same http://www.authenticoaklandathleticsshop.com/Andrew-Triggs-Jersey opportunities as they do to their male counterparts. “My issue is young, talented players not having to compromise their education. If you look at the men’s academy setups, http://www.officialpredatorsteamonline.com/Dante_Fabbro_Jerseythey have partnerships with colleges or universities, whereas we don’t really have that with women’s football. You don’t want an 18-year-old girl who’s very talented thinking: ‘I want to play for the first team but I’ve got to give up my education to do so.’ That has happened a lot in the past. “Some of big men’s clubs like Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal have raised the bar in terms of salaries and professionalism of the women’s game. I think there needs to be continued increase in salaries to reflect the attention on the game and its commercial viability. The argument before was that nobody was watching but that’s not true nowadays.” The idea that 45,000 fans would attend a women’s FA Cup final, as they did this month at Wembley, was scarcely believable when Aluko was cutting her teeth in the Midlands. She has noticed more girls coming up to her in the street or at games but what she finds most heartening is the sight of more young boys at Women’s Super League matches. cheap jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseyswholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys
xiaolan May 30 · Comments: 1 · Tags: jerseys
Even though Mohamed Salah ended up with the Golden Boot award and a Premier League scoring record this was not quite up there with his finest performances of the season. Liverpool supporters will be hoping he is saving the mesmeric, catch-me-if-you-can stuff for Real Madrid in Kiev, for this was a more workmanlike display, albeit one good enough to find plenty of holes in the Brighton defence. Limited K.J. Wright Youth Green Nike Jersey - #50 NFL Seattle Seahawks Rush Vapor Untouchable There were so many of these in the first half, in fact, that Chris Hughton’s side were slightly lucky to turn round http://www.officialflamesauthentic.com/Doug_Gilmour_Jerseyonly two goals in arrears. Shane Duffy made three potentially costly mistakes in the first 20 minutes and was distinctly fortunate to get away with an apparent handball from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross and then a clumsy challenge on Salah inside the area. Had the referee been alert to either of those, Liverpool might have had the opportunity to settle their nerves earlier – as it was they had to wait until just before the half-hour. It was a typical Salah goal in many ways, because it came with practically no warning, just an assured finish on the turn after Dominic Solanke had helped Alexander‑Arnold’s ball forward with an inspired and unselfish short pass. Solanke has hardly figured in the Liverpool side this season but he knows that, if you can find Salah in the box, there is a good chance he will make something happen. So it was here. The forward had instinctively taken up such a good position that all he had to do was turn round to find the goal at his mercy. There should have been a second Salah goal shortly afterwards, or more correctly a Alvin Kamara Authentic Jersey second Liverpool goal, for Sadio Mané passed up an outstanding chance of his own to give the Egyptian an opportunity to add to his haul for the season. One could hardly fault Salah for being up in close support, he almost always is, though Mané should have beaten Mathew Ryan from the six-yard line when he had the chance. Instead he rather telegraphed his intention to leave Salah with a tap-in, allowing the goalkeeper to read it and get a hand to the ball. At that point Liverpool were only a goal up but so were Newcastle against Chelsea, meaning that the mix-up could be filed under “end-of-season irrelevance” rather than “season‑defining error”. One trusts Liverpool will not be as wasteful with chances in Ukraine. Significantly it was the ever‑impressive Roberto Firmino who set up the chance with a first‑time pass to beat the offside trap. Paul Richardson Authentic Jersey The Brazilian has arguably been Liverpool’s key player this season, for all that Salah’s goals have earned the headlines and awards. Here he was deployed slightly deeper than usual, with Solanke playing as a notional front man, yet he still covered most of the pitch in his usual fashion, one nonchalant but somehow expected back-heel pass to Alexander-Arnold at the end of the first half drawing a round of applause on its own. Firmino was also involved in the third goal, after Dejan Lovren’s header had to all intents settled the contest. Picking up the ball in space on the right, he waited for Salah to arrive with an inside run before releasing him, for the man of the moment to beat the first defender and send Solanke in on goal. The simplicity of the move was repeated a couple of minutes later as Salah gave Firmino a chance to score only for the http://www.officialpadrestore.com/Eric_Hosmer_JerseyBrazilian to spoil an incisive move with a rather tame finish right in front of goal that allowed Ryan the chance to save. That really was an end-of-season moment, or at least an end-of-league-season miss. Liverpool’s campaign has still to reach its grand climax, and with that game in mind, and in recognition that the two players complement each other so perfectly, Jürgen Klopp withdrew the pair together eight minutes from the end. The Kop does not have a song for both of them, so the chant for Salah was quickly followed by the one for Firmino. Anyone watching on behalf of Real Madrid could only have been impressed by the crowd’s fairness. cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseys
xiaolan May 15 · Comments: 3 · Tags: jerseys
Antonio Conte began the afternoon in highly animated mode and, for a while, turned almost hysterically agitated in his technical area before his body language finally morphed into sulky acceptance. Nike Women's Phillip Dorsett Ash One Color - New England Patriots NFL #13 Pullover HoodieAs the clock ticked down Chelsea’s manager became increasingly static as he stood arms folded, expression http://www.authenticcanadiens.com/-28-nathan-beaulieu-jersey_c-528.html disconsolate, on the touchline. Maybe his players were saving themselves for the FA Cup final but they never looked remotely like a side who kicked off harbouring outside hopes of a top‑four place. Men's Nike New York Jets #21 LaDainian Tomlinson Game Green Team Color NFL JerseyUltimately Liverpool’s demolition of Brighton ensured Chelsea were destined to finish fifth but a performance when they were dominated by Newcastle’s outstanding Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diamé and Ayoze Pérez was hardly what their manager will have wanted on what is expected to be Curley Culp Youth jersey his final Premier League match in charge of London’s most politicised club. Conte said later that he was the “last person” to answer questions about Chelsea’s future. He did, though, take his players to task for their attitude and application here and Derek MacKenzie Youth jersey warned them to up their game for the meeting with Manchester United at Wembley. “We now have six days to change our desire, our will to fight because, if we play a game like this in the FA Cup final we do not have a chance,” he said. “There was big frustration for me because I wanted to finish the season in the best possible way. Newcastle showed great desire and fight and outplayed us but we didn’t play a good game.” When asked whether the Cup final would represent his last game in charge of Chelsea he started laughing. “Do you think so, you have the news?” a smiling Conte http://www.lionsnflofficialprostore.com/YOUTH+ASHAWN+ROBINSON+JERSEYinquired of his questioner before offering a riddle of Cleveland Browns Authentic Jersey a reply. “The club know very well the situation,” he said. “After Saturday we go on vacation, so we will see next season.” Rafael Benítez and Newcastle are also no strangers to playing politics and the manager’s future here is far from certain. But Benítez, as he continues contract negotiations with Mike Ashley, cannot have failed to be swayed by the choruses of “We want you to stay,” that echoed evocatively to the St James’ Park rafters. “It was pretty much the perfect Sunday for me,” said the Spaniard, who will not extend a contract entering its final year Trey Lyles Youth jersey unless he receives assurances as to transfer budget and infrastructure. With suitors circling things are at a delicate stage. “We’ve finished 10th,” Benítez said. “But 10th is not high enough for this club. The potential to do much better is there. We have to be sure we share the same ambitions. We need a squad capable of going anywhere and winning.” Ashley later said Benítez had his “full support” and added: “I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him. I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United.” For protracted periods Newcastle looked as if they were http://www.officialpatriotsnflauthentic.com/Nike-Steve-Grogan-Jersey.html the side pursuing Champions League qualification, piling so much pressure on their visitors that Chelsea frequently struggled to escape their own half. With the intensity of the home side ferocious and the decibel level ear-splitting, Conte’s team were in near total disarray with the lesser spotted Ross Barkley, making a rare start, struggling to get anywhere near the ball in midfield. Part of that was down to the fact that Shelvey, like Diamé, was irrepressible. Thibaut Courtois was swiftly required to repel Shelvey’s vicious long-range half-volley and Diamé’s angled shot. http://forum.ebook-ctecky.cz/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5116
xiaolan May 14 · Comments: 4 · Tags: jerseys