Hollywood’s Most Impressive Linguists
Mastering one language is difficult enough, but there are some people who are so linguistically inclined that they pick up proficiency in multiple languages. Some are even fully fluent in multiple languages. Among this impressive list of polyglots, there are several famous men and women you might recognize from their work in Hollywood who fit the bill. These actors may be known for their success on the big screen, but they are also all gifted linguists. Read on for part one of our two part Akorbi series on the most gifted linguists in Hollywood.
Not only is Natalie Portman a gifted actress – known for roles in films like Black Swan, V for Vendetta, and Star Wars – she is also a gifted academic and linguist. She studied Psychology at Harvard University and has also mastered several different languages. Among the languages she speaks are Spanish, German, and Japanese. In addition, she is a native speaker of both Hebrew and English. Being proficient in more than one language is impressive, but being able to claim true multilingualism is remarkable.
In addition to helping Frodo successfully destroy the One Ring as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen is also a master of several languages. Holding an American-Danish dual citizenship, Mortensen speaks Danish, English, Spanish, French, and is able to get by in Italian as well as understanding a good deal of Swedish and Norwegian. No wonder he seemed so comfortable speaking Elvish in Lord of the Rings!
Jodie Foster owes her fluency in French to the fact that she attended the Lycée Français de Los Angeles – which is a French-speaking school. She has given many interviews in French and speaks it like a native. Her fluency has also allowed her to dub her own films as well as act in a couple of French films. In addition to being fluent in French, Foster is also able to speak some German, Italian, and Spanish as well.
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