“Becoming Less Shy To Speak”: Emma Raducanu Lauds Her Grandmother For Teaching the Romanian Language


Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu

After a shocking defeat in Indian Wells, the US Open champion Emma Raducanu has now arrived in Romania to play at the Transylvania Open 2021. From the first day of the practice session onwards in Cluj Napoca, she has been drawing applause and appreciation from the local crowd. 

Even though her father is from Romania, the 18- year-old Brit admitted that she used the Romanian language quite rarely. However, she had tried to speak in the Romanian language in the first round match on-court interview, which raised huge applause. 

“I Only Remembered Words When My Grandmother Spoke To Me”: Raducanu 

Eventually, on speaking about the process of learning the Romanian language, Raducanu revealed she never took any class for learning Romanian and built up her vocabulary simply through her phone calls with her grandmother, who lives in Bucharest. 

“I never learned Romanian, I only remembered words when my grandmother spoke to me. Many times, she would tell me many stories, and that’s how I learned the vocabulary. When I was little, every time I came to Romania I spent about two weeks and progressed slowly,” Raducanu said in the post-match interview. 

“I don’t speak Romanian very often. I don’t speak much at home and I don’t think I’ve spoken Romanian in the last 18 months, except for a few phone calls with my grandmother, weekly,” she added. 

Emma also emphasised, “Having been here in Cluj for five days, I feel that I am already improving my Romanian and I am becoming less shy to speak and make mistakes” (Quotes Have Been Translated Into English Via Google Translator)

Emma Raducanu Storms Into the Second Round at the Transylvania Open 2021 

No.3 seed Raducanu claimed her first victory as a Grand Slam champion at the Transylvania Open 2021. She defeated Slovenian Polona Hercog in the three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the opening round and now faces host Ana Bogdan for a quarterfinal spot. 

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