Multicultural Worlds

Discussion in 'World Championships' started by The Machampion, May 4, 2008.

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  1. The Machampion

    The Machampion New Member

    Hello Everyone, Machamp Here With A Question.

    At World Championships. There will Be Minumum 3 People From each Particpating Country. This Means Lots Of Languages. How Will Players Interact If Someone Doesnt Know A Word Of English. This Question Isnt Mean To Offend Anyone, Im Just Wondering

    Having Said That, i Now Need to qualify.

  2. Bohn

    Bohn New Member

    honestly such people tend to be kinda "alone" at worlds.
    last year the senior guy didnt speak a single word of english, so he could only try to trade cards using his hands, but nothing more than this.
    sometimes the translator helped him, but he couldnt go as far as this.
  3. Umbreon777

    Umbreon777 New Member

    They have a plethora of translators for multiple languages avaiable at Worlds. Always.
    However, most foreign countries know English as a second language.
  4. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    all participants get a player dictionary in their player 'goodie bags'. the dictionary has basic phrases (hello, my name is... etc.) AND game related (want to play? want to trade?) dialogue in multiple languages. all a person needs to do is turn to the page and point; 'would you like to make a trade?' is listed in all languages, so players CAN communicate even when not in the tourney area, which is where the translators are available when needed.

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  5. Ardoptres

    Ardoptres New Member

    There are loads of translators (judges which speak both english and language X).
    Last edited: May 4, 2008
  6. Jedi_Amara

    Jedi_Amara New Member

    I love that. It's so incredibly geeky in an incredibly cool way. Only at a TCG Worlds...
  7. dragonspy900

    dragonspy900 New Member

    I wish i got that when I went to worlds :|. Anyways, they usually have translators to help you communicate
  8. Muscovy Level X

    Muscovy Level X New Member

    That's such a cool idea.
  9. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Note: Translators are not judges. They are there to translate and not make rulings or give advice to "their" player.

    Just wanted to keep that straight since it can be a source of contention.

    Note that there are some judges that do speak multiple languages, but their primary function is to judge, not to translate.
  10. Spirit Of Mew

    Spirit Of Mew New Member

    This is the part where I wish that I was able to take more languages in high school but I guess my trading will be with someone helping translate or by showing them the cards I want.
  11. meganium45

    meganium45 Active Member

    95% of the time, the players really do not need the translators.

    They point to the cards...question about powers, or attacks, get translations, but generally can get through a game perfectly.

    Without sounding corny, or cheesy (which it will) everyone there speaks the international language - Pokemon.

    I think I had an easier time understanding the Japanese Players sometimes than my Australian mates!

  12. The Machampion

    The Machampion New Member

    Very True My Friend
  13. Articjedi

    Articjedi Active Member

    If you've ever been to worlds, or any other big international event. You'd find that pokemon is a universal language.

    EDIT: *looks at vince's post* Ugh, said it already.
  14. JandPDS

    JandPDS New Member

    True at Worlds 2006 in Anaheim I played 6 Japanese players who all spoke little to no English, and I only know about 5 words of Japanese yet we easily played games for hours with no difficulties at all.
    You pointed to the card and everyone knew from the picture what it did. I even played about 8 games against the father of the player who Won the World Jr Championship, and finished 2nd in Sr last year. (He used 3 different decks against me including the 1st ever Metanite deck that I ever saw) He was a very strong player himself. He spoke the most English of the entire group. He told me that as he in extremely involved in organized play in Japan, that the only chance he really gets to play all year is pickup games at worlds. And when we were done he and the players with him thanked me for playing and he told me as they were all flying back to Japan in a few hours, he gave me 5 official PCL "Introduction to Pokemon" How to play guide books and 5 Sealed Booster boxes of Japanese Neo Genesis pokemon cards. All he asked in return was a reverse holofoil Supporter card, so I gave him a Holon Mentor from one of my decks.

    I got the feeling that all the giveaways were for players that would play against them, but possibly I was the only non Japanese player that went against them that night, I don't know for sure but that was the feeling that I got from him. But whatever the reason the gifts were extremely generous of them.
  15. The Machampion

    The Machampion New Member

    Some People Are so Genourous
  16. Spirit Of Mew

    Spirit Of Mew New Member

    I memorized like all of the cards so far and I usually play without talking much anyway so I think I'll be okay.
  17. JandPDS

    JandPDS New Member

    OK.. quick quiz what does DF #31 Horsea have? (HP, Type, Attacks, Weakness, resistance and retreat cost)

    No fair looking it up!!!
  18. Tego

    Tego New Member

    When you have the card in front of you, it's a lot more easy to remember all the text, even when you can't read the card.
  19. Bohn

    Bohn New Member

    well, still the judges ask for only english cards if you can have them.
    one of my warp points i played last year was in portuguese, and the judges asked to change to the english one if i could

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