Speaking another language can open the door to a new world. We already know of famous actors who learned English to break into Hollywood, but many celebrities continue to surprise us with their impressive language skills. Here is a list of celebrities who can speak multiple languages:
Mark Zuckerberg can speak Chinese
Last year Mark Zuckerberg surprised and delighted audiences at a university in Shanghai by speaking and answering questions in Mandarin and, this year, he and his wife wished a Happy Lunar New Year in the language.
Gwyneth Paltrow is fluent Spanish
Gwyneth fell in love with the Spanish language and culture when she travelled to Spain as a teenager and has been speaking the language ever since.
Ben Affleck speaks Spanish
As a teenager, Ben Affleck spent a year living in Mexico with his brother, Casey. Since then, he has been able to put his language skills to good use, especially when filming in Spanish-speaking locations.
Shakira speaks Portuguese English and Italian
Aside from her native Spanish, Shakira can speak three languages. She learned Portuguese after touring Brazil at the beginning of her career and perfected her English skills while she had an American boyfriend. She learned Italian just for fun but likes to practice whenever she is able to visit Italy.
Bradley Cooper speaks almost fluent French
After being inspired by an actor speaking French in ‘Chariots of Fire’, Bradley Cooper was inspired to study French. He spent six months studying in France whilst living with a French family and has kept up his language skills ever since.
Colin Firth speaks Italian
When Colin Firth met his wife, Italian film producer Livia Giuggioli, he decided to learn Italian as a romantic gesture.
Diane Kruger is fluent in English and French
As well as her native German, Diane Kruger speaks fluent English and French. She learned English through studying in the UK via student exchange programmes and started speaking French when she moved to Paris at the age of 15.
Will Smith speaks Spanish
Will Smith has been giving Spanish-language interviews since 2000 and is received praise for his Spanish-speaking role in the movie, Seven Pounds.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks French
The actor studied French poetry at Colombia University and still gives occasional interviews in French.
Tom Hiddleston speaks French, Spanish and Greek
The Avengers actor is a fan of learning languages and can often be heard giving interviews in Spanish, French and Greek.
Natalie Portman is fluent in Hebrew and also speaks Spanish, German, French and Japanese
The actress was born in Jerusalem and grew up speaking both Hebrew and English but she also speaks Spanish, French, Japanese, German and Spanish to different levels.