Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sounds, Animals Make in Different Languages

Of course, animals sound the same everywhere in the world but different human societies have different ways of describing similar sounds. Part of it is explained by the speech sounds used in a particular language. Another part by random choice – how a sound was first heard, interpreted and then evolved over thousands of years.

Compare these sounds in different languages:

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And how do they sound in your language?

Celebrities Who Speak Two or More Languages

Many successful people speak various languages. Not only it helps in their job, but it also opens the door to understanding different cultures and enjoying other countries much deeper. Studies also have been showing that speaking several languages is one of the best exercises your brain can get.

Here are some of the bi- and multilingual celebrities:

Ben Affleck; John Goodman; Kyle Chandler; Barry Livingston; Tate Donovan; Alan Arkin; Victor Carber; Scoot McNairy, Rory CochranBEN AFFLECK
Actor
English and Spanish

Ben Affleck speaks fluent Spanish because he spent a big part of his childhood life in Mexico.

shakira2SHAKIRA
Singer
English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Arabic

Colombian singer, Shakira, speaks Spanish and English… plus, she also speaks fluent Portuguese (she has recorded several songs in Portuguese, and she frequently does interviews in Portuguese.) She also speaks Arabic and Italian but she doesn’t declare that she’s fluent in those two.

mickJaggerMICK JAGGER
Singer
English and French

Mick Jagger is native in English and is also fluent in French. When he was a young boy, he spent a lot of time in France. Nowadays he even own a castle there.

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NATALIE PORTMAN
Actress
English, Japanese, German, Spanish and Hebrew

Natalie Portman is a multilingual star who has several languages under her belt. She is fluent in Japanese, German and Spanish, knows some French, and sometimes gives interviews in her native language Hebrew.

Gwyneth-PaltrowGWYNETH PALTROW
Actress
English and Spanish

Gwyneth Paltrow learned the Spanish language when she went to Spain as a foreign exchange student during her high school years. She says she fell in love with the country and vowed to learn Spanish proficiently.

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WILL SMITH
Actor
English and Spanish

Will Smith speaks Spanish fluently. Smith gave his first interview in Spanish in 2000, and still does them presently.

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DAVID BECKHAM
Soccer player
English and Spanish

David Beckham speaks two languages. He is only fluent in his native English but he also started learning the Spanish language before he moved to Real Madrid in 2004.

 

colin-firthCOLIN FIRTH
Actor
English and Italian

Colin Firth is an English film, television and theater actor. Firth started to learn Italian when he began going out with his future wife Livia, and he is now fluent in the language.

hugh_laurie_by_ladymiville-d3dlz84HUGH LAURIE
Actor
English, French, German and Spanish

Hugh Laurie is an English actor, comedian, writer, musician and director. He speaks French, German and Spanish. He learned all three at the Dragon School and Eton. He also would like to be fluent in Italian because he thinks ‘it’s a beautiful language’.

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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
Actor and politician
English and German

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, an Austrian American actor, politician, businessman, investor, and former professional bodybuilder, speaks German and English.

Jodie-Foster-9299556-1-402JODIE FOSTER
Actress
English and French

Foster attended a French-language prep school. She frequently stayed and worked in France as a teenager, and speaks French fluently. She also understands German and Spanish and can converse in Italian.

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DIANE KRUGER
Actress
English, German and French

Diane Kruger is originally from Germany, and is therefore a native German speaker. She now lives in America and speaks fluent English, but she is actually also fluent in French thanks to modelling in Paris earlier in her career.

jenAnniston5798945JENNIFER ANISTON
Actress
English and Greek

Jennifer Aniston is probably the highest profile actor of Greek heritage. Her father, John Anastasakis was born and raised in Crete. Reportedly, Jen also spend a year of her childhood in Greece. She is fluent in the language but admits she’s not a fan of the cuisine.

sandra-bullock-headshot-jpgSANDRA BULLOCK
Actress
English and German

Although born in the United States, Sandra Bullock, whose mother was a German opera singer, is also fluent in German.

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BRADLEY COOPER
Actor
English and French

Bradley Cooper is native in English but he also speaks French. He picked up the French language while enrolled in a study abroad program in college.