7 INSPIRATIONAL MULTILINGUAL AND BILINGUAL PEOPLE
Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration to push us forward.
Language is an amazing form of communication. Especially when you are multilingual or bilingual. This skill helps you communicate better with people when you’re in foreign lands. With language, you can connect with the culture even better and understand it without getting lost in translation.
With all of the fun and excitement that comes from learning a new language, there are times when it can be strenuous and hard, especially when trying to remember certain words and phrases.
So, the team here at Speak Up London, thought it best to show you people that you can aspire to. We will be introducing you to 7 Inspirational Multilingual people.
You can and will learn the language you’re set on learning, and these inspirational people are proof of this. Don’t give up, when you’re so close to reaching your goal.
1.) Leonardo DiCaprio
Languages: English and German
Leonardo DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles to an Italian/German father and a German mother. Leonardo often visited his maternal grandmother in Germany, where he was able to learn and practice his German.
2.) Johnny Depp
Languages: English and French
Johnny Depp was born and raised in was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. Depp is of mostly English ancestry, with some ancestors from elsewhere in Europe. He is descended from a French Huguenot immigrant, Pierre Dieppe.
3.) Natalie Portman
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, German, Sign Language.
Natalie was born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and American mother. She grew up speaking Hebrew and English, but also knows conversational French, Japanese, German, and Spanish.
4.) Raden Mas Panji Sosrokartono
Languages: 24 languages and 10 Indonesian tribal languages.
Sosrokartono is considered the most genius man in Indonesia, beside President Habibie. He mastered 24 languages and 10 Indonesian tribal languages. After the first world war ended, he became head of translator for League of Nations.
5.) Dikembe Mutombo
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Tshiluba, Swahili, Lingala, and two other central African languages.
Mutombo is a former NBA player and is able to speak English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Tshiluba, Swahili, Lingala, and two other central African languages.
6.) Timothy Doner
Languages: English, French, Hausa, Wolof, Russian, German, Yiddish, Hebrew, Arabic, Pashto, Persian, Mandarin, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Dutch, Xhosa, Kiswahili, Hindi, Ojibwe, Kinyarwanda, and Creole.
Timothy was only 17 years old when he was featured in the New York Times for his ability to speak over twenty languages to various levels,
7.) Elizabeth I
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Latin, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish and Irish.
Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, his second wife, who was executed two and a half years after Elizabeth’s birth.
We hope that you get some inspiration from these people, and that their linguistic skills push you further to learn a new language.
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