19 Nov 8 Male Celebrities Who Speak More Than 2 Languages
Polyglot is a term used to describe an individual who has a command of several languages. For famous personalities, being able to speak more than one language is sometimes swept under the rug. People are more aware of their contribution to the world in film, arts, sports or life, in general. Let’s put the spotlight on them one more time, but with their multilingual skills.
Here are 8 famous male polyglots who know a surprising number of languages:
1. Jackie Chan
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Korean, Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese
As one of the most notable figures in Hollywood, everyone knows Jackie Chan speaks English and Chinese (Cantonese and Madarin). He also speaks other languages including Spanish, Japanese, German and Korean. Filming in foreign places helped the action star learn new languages. Occasionally, he demonstrates his knowledge of foreign languages during local interviews or when promoting a movie abroad.
2. Mark Zuckerberg
Languages Spoken: English, French, Latin, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese, Ancient Greek
Mark Zuckerberg’s name is closely tied with the social networking site Facebook. But his skills don’t just end with creating and developing a giant tech company. Zuckerberg’s language skills are also something to be impressed by. He can speak 6 languages including English, French, Latin, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese and Ancient Greek. His language skills came to light when he conducted an interview in Mandarin Chinese at the Tsinghua University in China.
3. Tom Hiddleston
Languages Spoken: English, French, Greek, Spanish, Italian
Tom Hiddleston is known for playing the role of Loki in the Avengers movie. He has easily become a crowd favorite for conducting interviews in different countries by speaking their language. His language skills in French and Spanish have been praised by the local crowd, and despite not being as fluent in Italian and Greek, he still gains approval from his fans.
4. Novak Djokovic
Languages Spoken: English, French, Serbian, German, Italian, Croatian
Famously known in sports, Novak Djokovic is regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time at the young age of 30. One of the benefits of being an athlete is competing and training in different countries. He became exposed to different cultures and managed to learn new languages, while he was traveling around the world. Most of his interviews have gained popularity when he demonstrates how fluently he can switch between languages. The Serbian athlete and polyglot has a strong hold of the Serbian, French, Spanish, German, Italian and English languages with basic understanding of other languages like Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian and Mandarin Chinese.
5. Kobe Bryant
Languages Spoken: English, Italian, Spanish
Kobe Bryant, another sports legend, is not just well-versed in basketball, he is just as talented in languages. When he was 6, his family moved from Philadelphia to Italy where he spent most of his childhood, growing up speaking the Italian language. He answers interviews in Spanish, Italian and English fluently.
6. Pope Francis
Languages Spoken: Spanish, Italian, Latin, German, French, Portuguese, English
Pope Francis’ birth name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was born in Argentina, which makes his native language, Spanish. Throughout his life, Pope Francis also learned Italian, the official language of the Vatican, and other languages such as Latin, German, French, Portuguese and English. Although he cannot speak all languages with the same level of fluency, other than Spanish, Pope Francis has a good command of the Italian language which he uses the most often when talking to people and during speeches.
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese
Another polyglot-athlete to take note of is football star Cristiano Ronaldo. Footballers have the amazing opportunity to travel around the globe for competitions, as well as live in a different country when they’re playing for a local or the national club. Other than his native language, Portuguese, Ronaldo also speaks Spanish and English.
8. J.R.R. Tolkien
Languages Spoken: English, Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse (“Old Icelandic”), Welsh, Finnish, Swedish, Scandinavian languages: Icelandic, Spanish, Italian and more*
Aside from writing one of the greatest pieces of literature, Lord of the Rings, author J.R.R. Tolkien is also famous for creating fictional languages. It is no secret that Tolkien studied several languages and took inspiration from these to invent 8 or 10 languages, two of which have substantial vocabularies: Qenya and Sindarin. He learned Latin, French and German from his mother and *studied several other languages at school and throughout his life. He took a deep interest in learning Germanic language and had gained basic understanding of Middle English, Finnish, Gothic, Greek, Italian, Old Norse, Spanish, Welsh, Medieval Welsh, Danish, Dutch and many more.
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About the Author: Cristelle A. loves spending her day outdoors with friends and family. She’s into photography, capturing moments and sharing them for the world to see.