European Languages Day – West Ham Edition

​​September 26th is officially the European Day of Languages, an annual event aimed at celebrating Europe’s diverse culture. Nearly 30 languages are spoken throughout the continent, and each language is unique in its own way. Learning a foreign language is a challenge in itself, but it is also considered quite the achievement if you can speak more than one language fluently. 

You will hear many different languages if you ever visit Rush Green during training. This is because many West Ham players come from different backgrounds and help each other to learn English. French is the most common language in the West Ham dressing room thanks to players such as Issa Diop and Kurt Zouma, who have used their French origin to form bonds with Saïd Benrahma, Alphonse Areola and Arthur Masuaku. Tomàš Souček also admitted that he initially befriended Andriy Yarmolenko and Łukasz Fabiański because they spoke similar languages to him.

In honour of European Day of Languages, this article will describe six Hammers in their native tongues. An English translation is below to help you understand what is being said. Some languages are easier to learn than others, but making the effort to learn something new is always greatly appreciated! 

Łukasz Fabianski – Polish (Polskie)

Zacznijmy od Łukasza Fabiańskiego, polskiego bramkarza West Ham United. Jest pierwszym polskim piłkarzem grającym w West Ham, który dołączył ze Swansea City trzy lata temu. Był znakomitym bramkarzem i jednym z moich ulubionych przez ostatnie dziesięć lat.

Let’s start with Łukasz Fabiański, the Polish West Ham United goalkeeper. He is the first Polish footballer to play for West Ham who joined from Swansea City three years ago. He was an excellent goalkeeper and one of my favorites for the last ten years.

Tomàš Souček, Vladimìr Coufal and Alex Kràl (Czech/Česky)

Ve West Ham United jsou tři čeští hráči: Tomáš Souček, Vladimír Coufal a Alex Kral. Všichni tři spolu hráli ve Slavii Praha a nyní hrají za stejný tým v Anglii. Tomáš a Vladimir byli pro West Ham fantastickí, protože tvrdě pracují a reprezentují Českou republiku v dobrém světle. Doufám, že Alex Kral může být dobrým hráčem West Hamu a fanoušci Hammers vítají Alexe ve východním Londýně.

There are three Czech players in West Ham United: Tomáš Souček, Vladimír Coufal and Alex Kral. All three played together in Slavia Prague and now play for the same team in England. Tomáš and Vladimir were fantastic for West Ham because they work hard and represent the Czech Republic in a good light. I hope Alex Kral can be a good West Ham player and Hammers fans welcome Alex in East London.

Andriy Yarmolenko – Ukrainian (українська)

Наступний гравець, про якого я розповім, – українець Андрій Ярмоленко. Я не розумію, чому він може так добре грати за свою країну, але він не може бути таким послідовним для “Вест Хема”. Він обожнює переходи і на дотик до м’яча однією ногою, напевно. Девід Мойес любить використовувати його як гравця на заміну. Більше того, оскільки я живу в Канаді, я повинен зазначити, що є велика кількість канадців, які мають українську спадщину. Українсько-канадські українці налічують понад одну точку, і приблизно триста тридцять тисяч мешкають в Альберті, провінції, де я живу.

The next player I will talk about is Andriy Yarmolenko, who is Ukrainian. I do not understand why he can play so well for his country, yet he can’t seem to be that consistent for West Ham. He loves stepovers and touching the ball with one foot, for sure. David Moyes loves using him as a substitute player. Moreover, as I live in Canada, I should mention that there is a large population of Canadians who have Ukrainian heritage. There are over 1,300,000 Ukrainian-Canadians, and around 330,000 live in Alberta, the province where I live.

Angelo Ogbonna – Italian (Italiano)

Angelo Ogbonna è uno dei giocatori più longevi del West Ham. Era un giocatore coerente noto per la sua forza, i contrasti e i colpi di testa. Ogbonna è stato un giocatore chiave nella squadra negli ultimi sei anni e mostra che i giocatori migliorano con l’età. Gli è piaciuta anche la mia foto su Instagram di qualche mese fa!

Angelo Ogbonna is one of West Ham’s longest-running players. He was a consistent player known for his strength, tackling and headers. Ogbonna has been a key player on the team for the past six years and shows that players get better with age. He also liked my Instagram photo from a few months ago!

Pablo Fornals – Spanish (Español)

¿Cómo puede un aficionado del West Ham no querer a Pablo Fornals? ¡Realmente es el Cockney Cazorla! Muchos fanáticos pensaron que se convertiría en un jugador fantástico con la guía de Manuel Pellegrini, pero en realidad fue David Moyes quien ayudó a Fornals. Se ve tan elegante en el mediocampo, y debo decir que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos esta temporada. También le encanta todo lo relacionado con West Ham y Londres, y espero que nunca se vaya.

How can a West Ham fan not love Pablo Fornals? He really is the Cockney Cazorla! Many fans thought that he would become a fantastic player with the guidance of Manuel Pellegrini, but it was actually David Moyes who helped Fornals. He looks so stylish in midfield, and I must say that he is one of my favorite players this season. He also loves everything about West Ham and London, and I hope he never leaves.

Saïd Benrahma – French (Français)

Bien que Saïd Benrahma soit né en Algérie, il est citoyen français. Il habitait en France avec sa mère et ses filles et sœurs. Il adore sa famille et habite avec sa mère à Londres. Son modèle, c’était son papa. Malheureusement, son père est mort il y a vingt mois et Saïd a marqué contre Hull pendant la semaine de la mort. Il a porté un t-shirt qui a lit << je t’aime papa>>. Maintenant, Saïd porte le numéro vingt et deux en l’honneur de son père. Sans doute, son père aurait beaucoup de fierté. 

Although Said Benrahma was born in Algerian, he is a French citizen. He lived in France with his mother and his brothers and sisters. He loves his family and lives with his mum in London. His idol was his dad. Unfortunately, his father died 20 months ago and Saïd scored against Hull during the week of his death. He wore a t-shirt which read “I love you, dad.” Now Said wears the number 22 to honour his dad. Without doubt, his dad would be very proud.

Watch James attempt to speak these languages below:

By James Sneddon.

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