Ronald Zubar breaks down the language barrier

Wolves defender Ronald Zubar has revealed how he has gone from non-English speaker to translator with some of his Gallic-tongued pals at Molineux.

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Wolves defender Ronald Zubar has revealed how he has gone from non-English speaker to translator with some of his Gallic-tongued pals at Molineux.

Zubar could speak barely a word of English when he arrived 12 months ago.

But since joining the club from Marseille, the 24-year-old right-back has become self taught in his second language before seeing fellow French speakers Adlene Guedioura, Geoffrey Mujangi Bia, Jelle van Damme and Steven Mouyokolo swell the foreign ranks.

"I've been here a year now and everyone has helped me with things such as speaking English, so if I can help anyone I'm happy to do it," said Zubar.

"I'm happy now because everything is going well for me.

"I get on well with the lads and I'm pleased about that.

"Now we've signed a few French-speaking players as well and I'm happy about that because it's my language and I can speak to them in my own tongue now.

"But of course, I'm trying to get them to speak English as well because it's important to be able to communicate on the pitch.

"Also, it's not good for the group if there are a few of us who can speak French but we're not speaking English with the rest of the players, so I'm encouraging them to speak English as much as possible.

"Mouyokolo speaks very good English anyway - he's about the same as me - and he's an intelligent, expressive fellow too.

"When he came in, he wasn't shy — he made sure he spoke to all of the players. Adlene and Jelle speak about four different languages so there's no problem there."

And Zubar revealed how he has encouraged 20-year-old winger Mujangi Bia to come out of his shell in what must be a testing learning environment.

"Geoffrey has been here six months now so he's more confident around the lads and has learned quite a lot of English," said Zubar.

"He used to be too quiet, but I told him not to be scared to speak English — even if he makes a mistake, it doesn't matter because the lads, the gaffer, whoever, will help you.

"We all have a bit of banter and sometimes we might have a bit of fun, but it's all in good heart."

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