ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts


ESPN reporter Holly Rowe acquired many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft decide Iliana Rupert, a France worldwide, on Thursday night time.

Rupert was chosen ninth total by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a digital occasion for the second yr in a row due to COVID-19, Rowe carried out the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio whereas Rupert was on digital camera remotely.

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Rowe started the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good night,” and requested Rupert in French whether or not she spoke English. Rupert responded within the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It is at all times been certainly one of my desires and it is wonderful being acknowledged,” Rupert stated. “I am actually comfortable to [represent] my nation and I am simply excited to lastly begin this journey.”

After two extra questions and responses in English, Rowe switched again to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She additionally gave her regards to Rupert’s household.

Rowe’s media colleagues had been fast with the compliments.

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