Here at ITL we think multingual people are amazing. Languages are so important, and to be able to speak multiple different is, in our opinion, one of the most valuable skills a person can have. With that in mind, we decided to get together a list of well known celebrities that you might not know have amazing language ability!

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Natalie Portman


The actress was born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother, so grew up speaking both English and Hebrew.  Amazingly, she is also conversational in French, Japanese, German and Spanish!


You can listen to her speak Hebrew here

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Shakira’a native language is Spanish, as she was born in columbia. However, she is also fluent in English, Portuguese and Italian!

You can listen to Shakira speaking 6 languages here:

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Tom Hiddleston

 The actor speaks his native English, as well as Spanish, French and Greek! The latter he learned whilst studying classics at the University of Cambridge.

 You can listen to him speak 5 languages here

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Viggo Mortensen

Mortensen grew up in Buenos Aries, Argentina, to a Danish father and American mother, and was therefore raised speaking Spanish, English, and Danish! As if this wasn’t enough, the actor also speaks a reasonable amount of French, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish, Catalan and Arabic! 

You can watch him speaking 7 differrent languages here!

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Trevor Noah

 “I speak six currently. … I speak English, obviously; Afrikaans, which is a derivative of Dutch that we have in South Africa; and then I speak African languages. So I speak Zulu, I speak Xhosa, I speak Tswana and I speak Tsonga. So those are my languages at the core. And then I don’t claim German but I can have a conversation in it, so I’m trying to make that officially my seventh language, and then hopefully I can learn Spanish.”

You can watch Trevor Noah teach the cast of QI some Xhosa (click language) here

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Jodie Foster

As well as her native English, the actrress became fluent in French while attending a French-languge prep school, Lycee Francais de Los Angeles. In addition to this, she also has good knoweldge of German, Spanish and Italian.

You can watch her speak French here:

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