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Do politicians need to speak a foreign language?

15 Oct 2007 /  #1
So we know Kwasniewski (LID) can speak and write English very well; he proved it on many occasions in the media.

How about Kaczynski (PIS) and Tusk (PO) - do they know English or other foreign languages well?
one who knows  
15 Oct 2007 /  #2
There is a video clip attainable at YouTube presenting Polish politicians speaking English.

Surprisingly, Kaczynski deals with it.
The best was Giertych (League of Polish Families).
The worst case: Olejniczak (leader of the Left and Democrats).

I do not know about Tusk, however, obviously he know some German (it seems it is not a foreign language for his family).

As concerns Kwasniewski - there are [YouTube] video samples of his English. I am not sure whether his prononciation is as good as expected. Please, listen it for yourself.
15 Oct 2007 /  #3
Yes, I know Kwasniewski doesn't speak English very well - but at least he's not afraid to speak it. He seems to know Russian well, too (obviously).
16 Oct 2007 /  #4
Kaczynski doesn't speak English and I have never seen Tusk speaking this language.
25 Oct 2007 /  #5
And exactly how many politicians in the world speak a second language? Have you ever seen Tony Blair or George Bush speaking fluently any other language?

Why then put emphasis on any Polish politician speaking English?

What does that have to do with running a country?
25 Oct 2007 /  #6
Have you ever seen Tony Blair or George Bush speaking fluently any other language?

Actually, I have always Bush speaking a foreign language and he has been always fluent. I could understand the words but I couldn't make any sense out of them.
25 Oct 2007 /  #7
What does that have to do with running a country?

it suggests that they are educated and worldly, as opposed to undereducated and closed-minded...the more languages you speak the more aware of the world around you you seem-good thing for a leader to be. nothing like a closed-minded bumpkin who is afraid of his neighbors and cant even say hello in their language.
25 Oct 2007 /  #8
Ok fair enough.
How many politicians are so well educated that they speak Polish?

And if a politician does not speak a foreign language he has translators present with him. So please do not discredit a candidate just because he does not speak as many foreign languages.
25 Oct 2007 /  #9
Have you ever seen Tony Blair speaking fluently any other language?

Amuse-toi bien
25 Oct 2007 /  #10
Bush speaks French, he even knows that the Frenchmen don't have their own word for an "entrepreneur"
25 Oct 2007 /  #11
English is widely considered to be international in diplomacy. Good politicians cannot depend from translator.
OP mafketis  
22 Oct 2010 /  #12
You mean 'depend on translators'. I disagree. I'd rather they depend on qualified interpreters than chance misunderstanding something at a crucial moment. (This applies to politicians from many countries, not just Poland).
22 Oct 2010 /  #13
Tusk speaks German pretty well.

Putin speaks German too

Angie speaks Russian and English
22 Oct 2010 /  #14
Putin speaks German too

Nothing special as he was the KGB agent in East Germany for five years...
22 Oct 2010 /  #15
Condi speaks Russian quite well :)

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