WNT Jun 25, 2011
U.S. WNT defender Ali Krieger, who lived in Germany for most of the past four years while playing for FFC Frankfurt, is very popular with the German media, in part because of her ability to speak almost fluent German. Krieger, who left for Germany after finishing her college career at Penn State, spoke not a word when she came over to play for Frankfurt, one of Europe's top clubs. Through intense German classes, the support of her club teammates (who despite speaking English often made her speak German, saying it was the only way to learn) and her immersion in the German culture, she is now a bilingual soccer player. Krieger has been using her German quite a bit since the USA arrived accross the pond, serving as a team translator when needed in many areas, including asking for condiments, figuring out how to turn lights on and off in a room (the words below the switches are of course in German) and just plain explaining things to folks when communication breaks down. Krieger has gotten excellent reviews on her German by numerous native speakers. Below Krieger conducts yet another interview in German.