1.en.2 Celebrities speak foreign languages!!!

You might not know but many famous people can speak one or even more foreign languages. In the following video you will find celebrities that will surprise you because of their mastery in using them. Do you know any of them?

Did any of the celebrities surprise you?

Now try these two things.

1. Choose two of the celebrities, note down what languages they speak and how they learnt them. Then, find out who they are in order to write down a brief text about these two people.

2. Think of somebody from your social environment (family, relatives, acquaintances, friends) who can speak foreign languages (the more, the better).  Interview him/her about how and when they learnt them, how useful this has been for them and whether they recommend everybody to do the same. You will share your findings with the rest of the class.

Deadline: Friday, 5 October 2012

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17 Respostes to “1.en.2 Celebrities speak foreign languages!!!”

  1. emil7234 Says:

    1. Choose two of the celebrities, note down what languages they speak and how they learnt them. Then, find out who they are in order to write down a brief text about these two people.

    -Aronld Schwartenzegger – German is his native language, because he is Austrian.

    He is an Austrian and American former professional bodybuilder, actor, businessman, investor, and politician. Schwarzenegger was born in Austria. Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian Army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required at the time of all 18-year-old Austrian males. Then Schwarzenegger, who dreamed of moving to the U.S. since the age of 10, and saw bodybuilding as the avenue through which to do so, realized his dream by moving to the United States in 1968 at the age of 21, speaking little English. There he wanted to move from a bodybuilder to be an actor. Schwarzenegger has been a registered Republican for many years. As an actor, his political views were always well known as they contrasted with those of many other prominent. Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy in the 2003 California recall election for Governor of California on the August 6, 2003. On October 7, 2003, the recall election resulted in Governor Gray Davis being removed from office with 55.4% of the Yes vote in favor of a recall. Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California.

    Nelly Furtado

    She knows Spanish from the school and from her friends, Portugal from her parents because they are from Portugal.
    She is from Azores. She is a music star. She did a lot of albums from 2000 to 2006. The she has disappeared. After a three-year break, she released her first full-length Spanish album, Mi Plan, and Furtado received a Latin Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2012, Furtado’s fourth English-language studio album, The Spirit Indestructible was released.
    Furtado’s work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 2Grammy Awards, 10 Juno Awards, 3 MuchMusic Video Awards and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

  2. juditell Says:

    Jack Black···> he speak spanish, he learned to make a mexican promo
    Thomas Jacob “Jack” Black (born August 28, 1969) is an American actor, producer, comedian, voice artist, writer and lead vocalist for the rock satire group, Tenacious D. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily as bumbling, cocky, but internally self-conscious outsiders in comedy films. Black was a member of the Frat Pack, a group of comedians who have appeared together in several Hollywood films, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. He began his career in 1991 when he formed Tenacious D with friend and fellow groupmate, Kyle Gass.

    Bradley Cooper···> he speak french, he learned in french in at Aix-En-Provence
    Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Hangover, The A-Team, Wedding Crashers, and Limitless. In 2011, People magazine named Cooper “Sexiest Man Alive”.
    Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (née Campano), is Italian-American, and his father, Charles J. Cooper, was Irish-American and worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. He has one sister named Holly. Cooper was raised Catholic. While attending Germantown Academy, Cooper worked at the Philadelphia Daily News. After graduating from Germantown Academy in 1993, he attended Villanova University for his freshman year, then transferred to Georgetown University, from which he graduated with an honors BA in English in 1997. Cooper became fluent in French at Georgetown and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France. Later, in 2000, he received an MFA in acting from Actors Studio Drama School at The New School in New York City.

  3. sarah789 Says:

    Barack Obama: He speaks spanish for a message to spanish people in his electoral campaign.
    Barack Hussein Obama (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004.

    Charlize Theron: She speaks Afrikaan because she was born in South Africa.
    Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African actress and fashion model. She started her acting career in the United States and rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category.

  4. andrea199762 Says:

    Charlize Theron: She speaks Afrikan because she was born in South Africa.
    She was born the 7th August 1975. Is a South African actress and fashion model. She started her acting career in the United States and rose to fame in the late 1990s following roles in The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category.

    Cristiano Ronaldo. He speaks Afrikan because he started playing in a Spanish team.
    He was born 5 February 1985,commonly known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and is the captain of the Portuguese national team. Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer in history after moving from Manchester United to Real Madrid in a transfer worth £80 million (€93.9 million/$131.6 million). In addition, his contract with Real Madrid, in which he is paid €12 million per year, makes him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world, and his buyout clause is valued at €1 billion as per his contract.

  5. idaira Says:

    Jack Black:he speaks Spanish to make a mexican promo.
    Thomas Jacob “Jack” Black (born August 28, 1969) is an American actor, producer, comedian, voice artist, writer and lead vocalist for the rock satire group, Tenacious D. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily as bumbling, cocky, but internally self-conscious outsiders in comedy films. Black was a member of the Frat Pack, a group of comedians who have appeared together in several Hollywood films, and has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. He began his career in 1991 when he formed Tenacious D with friend and fellow groupmate, Kyle Gass.

    Will Smith:He speaks in Spanish for interviews.
    Willard Christopher “Will” Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968),is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He has enjoyed success in television, film and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood.Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

  6. Pilar Alcalde Says:

    Kobe Bryant: He speaks italian because his father played in Italy when she was a child and he lived there some years.
    Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

    Will Smith: He speaks spanish because he wants to talk in spanish in his interviews.
    “Will” Smith (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He has enjoyed success in television, film and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood. Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

  7. Love Says:

    Barack Obama (Spanish)
    In this video, he speaks spanish for give message for his electoral campaign to spanish people.
    In 2007 Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States, and now he is the 44th and the first African American President of the United States. He was born in Hawaii,and had his graduation of Columbia University and he get law degree.He is married to Michelle Robinson and he have to daughters Sasha and Malia.

    Natalie Portman (Hebrew)

    Natalie Portman is an actress with dual American and Israeli citizenship. In 2003, she get graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. or B.A. (bachelor of arts) degree in psychology.
    At the age of ten, an agent asked her to become a child model but she turned down the offer to focus on acting. She also attended theater camps. She is also advocate for animal rights, has been a vegetarian since childhood. She is married to Benjamin Millepied ( French danseur and choreographer), and have a son.

  8. Aina Tous Marroig Says:

    Leonardo Dricaprio:
    He learnt German because his mother was Germany and when he was young and he travelled to the country, Leonardo spoke the language with his grandparents. His first words were; “Oma” and “opa”
    • He’s an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for the Golden Globe Award eight times as an actor.
    DiCaprio, was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Irmelin and his father, George, and italian artist, are separated.
    The most famous film that he did is Titanic, in 1997

    Sandra Bullock:
    She also knows German because her mother was German. Sandra travelled to Europe with Helga Meler, (her mother) that was an opera singer. Sandra went to Germanies schools and she also had a personal teacher.
    • She’s an American and Academy Award winning actress and producer who rose to fame in the 1990s after roles in successful films such as Demolition Man, Speed, The Net, Hope Floats, A Time to Kill, and While You Were Sleeping
    Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Virginia. Her father, John W. Bullock was a United States Army employee and her mother, Helga D. Meyer was a German opera singer and voice teacher.

  9. philline Says:

    Joseph Gordon Levitt: He speaks French to promote his movie in Paris, he studied French poetry in Columbia University School of general studies.
    (born February 17, 1981) He’s an American actor whose career as a children and an adult included television and feature films. He’s best known for his roles in the films: 10 Things I Hate About You (500) Days of Summer, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.

    Mila Kunis: She speaks Russian because she was born in Ukraine but she moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of seven.
    (born August 14, 1983) She’s an American actress, knows for her roles in the films: Friends with Benefits, Ted, Black Swan and Tv shows as That 70’s show. Mila received the Premio Marcello Mastroianni for Best Young Actress at the 67th Venice International Film Festival and she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

  10. Peptoni Font Says:

    Gwyneth Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress and singer. Speaks spanish fluently with an accent from Castilla. She understands French. Her father was a jew and her mother from netherlands descent.
    She won an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

    Nelly Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and actress from Portuguese origin. She began to act and sing in Portuguese. She is famous for experimenting with different languages including spanish. She won a lot of awards, including 2 Grammy Awards, 10 Juno Awards, 3 MuchMusic Video Awards and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

  11. miguel81197 Says:

    Jack Black — He learnt Spanish to make a movie in Mexico. He borned in Santa Mónica in August 28, 1969. Is an American actor, producer, comedian, voice artist, writer and lead vocalist for the rock satire group, Tenacious D. His acting career has been extensive, starring primarily as bumbling, cocky, but internally self-conscious outsiders in comedy films.

    Johnny Depp — John Christopher “Johnny” Depp II (born June 9, 1963)[2] is an American actor, producer and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. Dissatisfied with that status, Depp turned to film for more challenging roles; he played the title character of Edward Scissorhands (1990) and later found box office success in films such as Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Rango (2011) and the Pirates of the Caribbean film series (2003–present). He has collaborated with director and friend Tim Burton in eight films through Dark Shadows (2012).

  12. Jilin Ye Says:

    1. Jodie Fuster speaks French very well because she attended a French-language prep school, the Lycée Français in Los Angeles, and graduated in 1980. She frequently stayed and worked in France as a teenager, and speaks the language fluently.
    Jodie Foster (born Alicia Christian Foster; November 19, 1962) is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster’s films have spanned a wide variety of genres, from family films to horror. In addition to her two Academy Awards, she has won three BAFTA Awards for two films, two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a People’s Choice Award, and has received two Emmy nominations.

    2. Sandra Oh can speak French because she was born in Ottawa (Canada) and French is one of the offical languages.
    Sandra Oh (born July 20, 1971) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for the role of Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, for which she has won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. She has also played notable roles in the feature films Under the Tuscan Sun and Sideways, and had a supporting role on the HBO original series Arli$$. Other films she has appeared in include The Night Listener, Blindness and Rabbit Hole. The actress’ work on Grey’s Anatomy has earned her five nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

  13. DenisConstantin Says:

    1)
    Bradly Cooper he speak French.
    He lerned this lenguage in French at Aix-En-Prevence. He was in one school in state when he exchange with
    one French guy and he lived with a French family.
    Bradly Cooper was born on 1975 in Fliadelfia EE.UU he have 37 years. Is an actor and he was the protagonist of “RESACON AHORA EN TAILANDIA”, “THE HANGOVER 2” and in the future he will making a moves like a “THE HANGOVER 3” on 2013 and “Jurassic Parck IV” on 2014 …
    2)
    Will Smith he speak Spanish.
    Will Smith he lerned Spanish for his interviews. In the video Will Smith he spoke good in Spanish, I think is because he and his family they travel very much to Spain.
    Will Smith was born on 1968 in Filadelfia EE.UU. Is an actor too, he became famed thenks to the series “EL PRINCIPER DE BELER” and he making a moves like “Man in Black”..

  14. xisco garcia Says:

    – Sandra Bullock:
    She knows German because her mother was German and opera singer, and she travel with her around europe. Sandra Bullock also go to germanies schols.
    Sandra Annette Bullock was born in July 26, 1964 is an American and Academy Award winning actress and producer who rose to fame in the 1990s after roles in successful films such as Demolition Man, Speed, The Net… In 2007, she was ranked as the 14th richest female celebrity with an estimated fortune of US$85 million. In 2009, Bullock starred in two of the more financially successful films of her career, The Proposal and The Blind Side. Bullock was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
    – Jhonny Depp:
    He knows french because he had french ancestors that emigrates to America. JohnnyDepp was born in June 9, 1963 is an American actor, producer and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Depp rose to prominence on the 1980s television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. He has collaborated with director and friend Tim Burton in eight films.

  15. Zandalie Says:

    Johnny Depp had learned French because he had french ancestors who immigrated to America.
    He was born in 9 of June on 1963. Is an American actor, producer and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actor. Depp was known on the 1980s on television series 21 Jump Street, becoming a teen idol. He colaborated with a director and friend Tim Burton in eight films.

    Nelly Furtado learned Spanish in school at 14 years old. She speaks Portuguese too, because their parents are Portuguese.
    She born the 2 of December on 1978. Is a canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and actress from Portuguese origin. She began to act and sing in Portuguese. She is famous for experimenting with different languages including spanish. She won a lot of awards, like 2 Grammy Awards, 10 Juno Awards, 3 MuchMusic Video Awards and a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

  16. tatidt Says:

    Bradley Cooper: He speaks French. He knows how to speak it because when he was at college he went to an exange program. He was born the 5th January 1975 in Pennsylvania, so he’s 37 years. He’s a famous actor, and he also has appeared in TV. in 2011 he was named the “Sexiest Man Alive”.

    Kobe Bryant: He speaks italian. He went to an elementary school in Italy, but he didn’t speak italian for years, so it’s difficult. He was born the 23th August 1978 in Philadelphia, so he’s 34 years. He’s a basketball player in Los Angeles Lakers, he’s the shooting guard. He set numerous records in the NBA shooting.


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