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English, baby! in the LA Times – New NBA Greeting?

Last week I interviewed Sasha Vujacic, the Los Angeles Lakers‘ Slovenian point guard, for an English lesson. But before we even got it edited and on our site (it will be up Friday), the interview was mentioned in the LA Times:

Sasha Vujacic finished off his day doing a stand up interview for a website called English Baby!.  It appears to be a place where folks can come to improve their spoken English.  I don’t know exactly what they talked about, but the interview finished with the dude on the mic and Sasha high fiving and yelling, “English Baby!”  That’s going to be the first thing I do to Sasha when I walk into the locker room tomorrow night.  I encourage other members of the media to do the same.

The high-five was something we came up with for the Culture Cruise and did a lot of at the Olympics, but I felt it never got the attention it deserved, so thanks, Brian Kamenetzky, for giving it a bump! But the best part of the LA Times post was the comments. A lot of people simply signed off on their comments with “English, baby!” but some got more excited about this new greeting than others.

English, BABY!

That’s my new catch phrase. I don’t care what anyone says.

We’re not the only Lakers/English education connection:

Q: What’s 4+8?
A: English, baby!

Q: What’s for dinner?
A: English, baby!

Q: Who is 12th all time on the NBA’s all-time scoring list?
A: English, baby! (ok, that one’s actually correct)

The point is, this is my new answer to every question posed to me, at least until it becomes annoying enough that I get death threats.

English, baby!

It looks like my dream of starting an Internet meme may be on the horizon. Maybe I should call home, “Mom! I’m a lolcat!

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6 Responses to “English, baby! in the LA Times – New NBA Greeting?”

  1. Taylor Singletary Says:

    This is great! Keep up the great content!

  2. Celebrity Lessons in the Media | English, baby! Blog Says:

    […] Our most recent lesson with Sasha Vujacic of the LA Lakers, was featured on The Los Angeles Times website and the website of The Oregonian. The interview was also mentioned on The Los Angeles Times site before it was posted. […]

  3. Mickee Says:

    yay! English Baby!

  4. Monroe Carro Says:

    Lakers rule. Last quarter kings of basketball.

  5. Quyen Slim Says:

    Interesting blog, as an expat Brit, now living in Argentina, this was especially interesting.

  6. Cyrstal Friend Says:

    Totally love Los Angeles Lakers – despite recent decisions:-)

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