14 Mar 6 Inspiring Females Who Speak Foreign Languages
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most impressively multilingual famous personalities.These inspiring female polyglots not only deserve a recognition for the many different languages they speak, but also because they have truly accomplished great things.
1. Mother Teresa Nun; Humanitarian
Languages Spoken: Albanian, English, Serbo-Croatian, Bengali, Hindi
Admired by many for her charitable work and dedication to the needs of the poor, the Nobel laureate devoted her life towards helping the poor and bringing love, peace and joy to people. Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia to parents of Albanian-descent. She learned and spoke 5 languages fluently, including Albanian, English, Serbo-Croatian, Bengali, and Hindi. She learned Bengali while working in Calcutta so that she could communicate with her patients.
Aside from winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work, Mother Teresa received the Jewel of India, the highest honor awarded to Indian civilians.
2. Kató Lomb Interpreter; Translator
Languages Spoken: Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovak, Danish, French, German, Spanish, Italian, English, Hebrew, Latin, Chinese, Japanese
The Hungarian polyglot Kató Lomb was regarded as one of the first Simultaneous interpreters in the world and one of the great polyglots of the 20th century.
Lomb mastered 16 languages through self-study together with her native, Hungarian. At the age of 30 she started learning most her languages and during her lifetime she studied over 28 languages in total. She strongly advocated using books as a tool for learning languages and authored her best-selling book “How I learn Languages” in which she shares her language learning methods and principles.
3. Audrey Hepburn Actress; Humanitarian
Languages Spoken: French, Dutch, Italian, German, English, Spanish
The ultimate beauty icon, Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium to an English father and Dutch mother. She was reportedly fluent in six languages: French, Dutch, Italian, German, English and Spanish. She spent most of her youth in the UK and Netherlands where she attended private schools which contributed to her multilingual abilities in English, Dutch and French. The actress lived in Rome and learned the Italian language and since she was also a United Nations ambassador for UNICEF, she learned Spanish.
4. Asin Thottumkal Actress
Languages Spoken: Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, English, Hindi, French
Asin is an award-wining popular Indian film actress who fluently speaks 7 languages including Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit, English, Hindi and French. Her language learning passion helped her appear in different Indian film industries including Hindi, Tamil, Telgu.
Moreover, Asin fell in love with the Spanish language after a trip to Spain and started learning it and training herself through do-it-yourself books. She also learns German in her free time!
5. Christiane Amanpour Television Host; Journalist
Languages Spoken: English, Farsi (Persian), French
Recognized as one of the world’s most influential international news reporters, Christiane Amanpour is notable for her courage as a female journalist reporting from the most dangerous war-torn zones.
The British-Iranian journalist was born in London and raised in Tehran. She is fluent in English, Farsi and French. She attended boarding schools in England after completing her elementary education in Iran. Later, she relocated to the USA to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Shortly after graduating from college she landed a job with CNN.
6. Amal Clooney Attorney; Activist
Languages Spoken: English, Arabic, French
Amal Clooney is an extraordinarily powerful defender of neglected and demoralized groups around the world. The Lebanese-British international human rights lawyer was born in Beirut and raised in England. She speaks English, Arabic and French. Amal and her husband, famous actor, George Clooney launched the Clooney Foundation For Justice in 2016. The organization focuses on human rights issues by spreading justice in classrooms, courtrooms and communities globally.
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