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 speaks fluent Spanish because he spent a big part of his childhood life in Mexico.
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.
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.
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 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.
English and Spanish
Will Smith speaks Spanish fluently. Smith gave his first interview in Spanish in 2000, and still does them presently.
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 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 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’.
Actor and politician
English and German
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, an Austrian American actor, politician, businessman, investor, and former professional bodybuilder, speaks German and English.
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.
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.
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.
Although born in the United States, Sandra Bullock, whose mother was a German opera singer, is also fluent in German.
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.