There’s nothing better than seeing a celebrity who speaks more than one language. If they can do it, then so can you. Or at least that’s what I always think when I see them speaking more than one language. And then you get these super celebrities who aren’t just bilingual but speak 3, 4 or 5 different languages.
So here we have seven major celebrities who are able to speak at least one more language, and the videos to prove it. We hope you enjoy watching these celebrities speaking different languages.
The first celebrity who is able to speak more than one language is none other than Shakira.
Shakira can speak, up to some level of fluency, five languages; Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and English. As you can see she has a definite emphasis on the romantic languages, but that shouldn’t come as too bit a surprise since she comes from Latin America.
Her mother tongue is Spanish as she’s from Colombia and she learnt Portuguese while she was touring in Brazil, English because she had an American boyfriend, then French and Italian because she loves languages as much as we do. Now she’s married to Pique, you can bet she’s started learning Catalan as well.
She has spoken out often about how much she loves foreign languages and how important she believes they are. She is also raising her children to speak several languages which you can read about in this article here.
And of course, it’s nor surprise to everyone that she sings in two languages; English and Spanish. And if you’ve only heard her English versions at this point, I would highly recommend listening to the Spanish versions of her songs as well.
Charlize Theron can speak English and Afrikaans. Of course, she is from South Africa so the fact that she speaks Afrikaans shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, but it’s always cool to see a celebrity who can jump between one or more languages.
She also said once in an interview that she got caught out talking about someone in Afrikaans in an airport. Usually when she speaks Afrikaans with her mother they have a pretty much secret language outside of South Africa as Afrikaans speakers just aren’t that common. Unfortunately for Charlize, this wasn’t the case when her and her mum were bitching about a rude man in the airport who understood every word they were saying. Needless to say, they were mortified by the whole exchange.
As if Bradley Cooper wasn’t great enough already after his incredible performance in ‘A Star is Born,’ he impressed us even more when we found out he could speak French.
But how did he learn French? After all his family are not French and he’s from the USA.
He caught the language bug in a similar way to most of us do. He saw a scene in a film where a man was speaking French and he thought it was a really a cool thing and decided he wanted to learn. I’m sure many of you have similar stories as to why you decided you wanted to start learning a foreign languages.
So he studied French along with English at Georgetown University and while he was there, he took advantage of an exchange programme to go and live with a host family in France for six months. By the end of that he was pretty fluent and as you can see in the above interview, he never seemed to lose the skill.
You’ve seen her in Bird Box but have you seen her speaking German? If you didn’t already know Sandra Bullock’s mother is German and she spent 12 years of her childhood living in Nuremberg, Germany, where she spoke both English and German at home and German in school.
As you can see in the video she speaks pretty well, but even someone as famous as Sandra Bullock gets embarrassed over her fluency levels and wishes her proficiency was better than it is, but we think she’s amazing. And she makes speaking German look so cool. I definitely couldn’t stand up and accept an award in German so we think Sandra is doing a terrific job maintaining the German she learnt as a child.
If you didn’t already know Natalie Portman holds dual citizenship between the USA and Israel and is able to speak Hebrew. She may not be able to speak it fluently, but when she starred in the film A Tale of Love and Darkness, it forced her to brush up on her Israeli and as you can see from the trailer below, she’s doing a pretty good job.
Mila Kunis is actually Ukrainian and was brought up in Soviet Russia before moving to the USA, meaning she can speak Russian. And for any of you who think that speaking a foreign language allows you to change your personality then you might be right. Just check out how bad ass she is smacking down this reporter in Russian.
She arrived in the USA at the age of seven not being able to speak a word of English and was sent straight to school where she coudn’t understand a word anyone said. Luckily since then she has seemed to flourish and anyone hearing her speak English would assume it was her native language.
If you want to speak Russian like bad ass Mila Kunis then take a look at these Russian textbooks to get you started.
Iron man’s Gwyneth Paltrow speaks Spanish alongside her English. Similarly to Bradley Cooper, she had the opportunity to live with a family when she was 15 which enabled her to learn Spanish and has spent a lot of time in Spain speaking the language since.
She loves the language so much that she is making efforts to teach it to her children so that they can speak it as well, and she even calls Spain her second home.
We hope you enjoyed watching these celebrities speaking more than one language and we hope it’s inspired you to get out there and start learning too. Which celebrity were you most impressed by?
Are there any celebrities that you know of and like who can speak different languages? If so then tell us all about them in the comments below so we can check them out.