37-Amandine Henry-On moving to the US, mistranslations, and fake tans

In today’s conversation I interview French national team footballer Amandine Henry. Amandine signed her first professional contract at 17 years old. She’s competed in 3 UEFA Women’s Champions League finals, was the recipient of the Silver Ball award in 2015, awarded to the the second best player at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She’s played most of her professional career with Lyon in France, but recently finished her second season with the Portland Thorns, helping the team win the 2017 NWSL Championship.

Amandine arrived in Portland hardly being able to speak English, but after two season’s abroad, she was able to do this entire interview in English, with only a few misunderstandings.

In our conversation we talk about:

  • how Amandine learned english, and the funniest mis-translations with the team
  • the experience playing with boys teams up until age 13
  • the time during her career when she thought about quitting soccer
  • why Amandine doesn’t believe in setting goals
  • how she cooks all of her meals at home with a robot
  • why coming to Portland was the best experience of her entire soccer career, even moreso than playing in a World Cup and winning champions league
  • and she answers several fan questions, both in English and in French

Did you enjoy my conversation with Amandine? Let me know the favorite thing you learned in the comments!




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:46                     Amandine the French soccer legend

1:25                    her non english background and her funniest mistranslations

2:22                   Subscribe to arrowliving.com for chance to win Amandine’s cleats

3:03                    Bonjour Mandy!

3:58                    Amandine’s final english test and how she learned the language

5:45                    How and why did she decide to play out of France?

6:22                    Biggest difference between her hometown and Portland

8:42                    Weirdest clothing she has seen in Portland

9:08                    What is Amandine’s style of play?

10:30           Pregame routines

10:56           Favorite song

11:34           Why does she write her number on every teammate?

12:12           Kendall’s bet with Amandine’s goal scoring

13:20           Her St. Tropez obsession

13:44           Amandine’s love of fashion

15:08           When did she start playing on boys soccer teams?

19:24           Her transition to women’s teams

20:25           When did Amandine sign contract with Lyon?

21:10           Does she feel it’s important to set goals?

22:20           How did Amandine handle her first injury?

24:01           What does she like to do outside of training?

25:30           What’s the hardest thing about being away from her home country?

26:24           Favorite part of her career

27:42           First thought this morning

28:09           Her morning routine

29:55           Funniest mistranslation

32:03           What is a kitchen robot?

33:25           Most rewarding accomplishment

34:04           What does she wish she knew as a kid?

35:24           Favorite school subject

35:50           Has she ever gotten tired of soccer?

36:44           Dream meal

37:45           What 3 people would she choose as dinner companions?

38:10           Most interesting thing she’s learned

38:37           Why does she change her socks after a game?

40:49           What Portland restaurant reminds her of home?

41:40           What advice would she give her daughter?

42:50           What will she miss about playing in Portland?

43:20           Favorite TIFO

43:45           Sinc, Angerer & Tobin – playing against and as teammates

44:45           Favorite english phrase

45:55           Who are her funniest teammates?

48:20           Best memory as a Porttand Thorn

2 Comment

  1. Great conversation!

    1. Kendall Johnson says: Reply

      Thanks Brian! Glad you enjoyed it!

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