Celebrities Learning Spanish
by Hannah Ryan on Thursday, April 12, 2012
Spanish speakers are taking Tinseltown by storm; Jennifer Lopez has released Spanish language albums, Oscar Winner Penelope Cruz had a madrileña career before cracking Hollywood, Sofía Vergara currently stars in the hit show Modern Family, Antonio Banderas, Enrique Iglesias, Eva Longoria etc etc etc. The list goes on. And on and on and on.
These are some of the reasons I started learning Spanish. I want to live la vida loca with Ricky Martin, I fell head over heels for Javier Bardem, I sympathise with America Ferrera in Ugly Betty. Their fluency is something I aspire to.
But what of the non-native speakers! Those among the 500 million Spanish speakers worldwide who have had to learn subjunctive rules, conjugate for the third person imperfect tense, and other less glamorous aspects of mastering a language. I know it seems hard to believe, but there are a lot of celebrities slaving away learning Spanish the hard way like the rest of us!
Take David Beckham for example. Talented sportsman though he is, Golden Balls is not well known for his academic attributes, yet he has done press conferences in Spanish! Of his linguistic education, Becks has said “I'm progressing little by little. Spanish is very difficult for me, although I am getting used to it. But if I can conquer Spanish, it will have been a great achievement.” ¡Bien dicho! Gary Lineker is also fluent in Spanish after years of playing football there.
Jessica Alba, despite her Hispanic heritage, was not bought up speaking Spanish, as her parents feared they would be marginalized. Yet she’s considering moving to a Spanish speaking country for a little while. “Even if it’s just a month or two, because I think at the end of the day that’s how you really learn.” ¡Si será cierto Jess!
Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter’s first word was apparently “agua”; the star has said “She says a lot of words in Spanish, I speak to her in Spanish sometimes because I want her to learn”. After spending time in Spain as a teenager, Gwyneth Paltrow fell in love with the country and vowed to learn Spanish proficiently.
Other actors who have mastered español include Danny deVito! The 68 year old actually recorded the Spanish and Latin American versions for the voice of his character in the upcoming film The Lorax. And Dakota Fanning, just a cute child star?! Aparentamente no. After needing Spanish for the film “Men in Fire”, she carried on learning through personal classes. Viggo Mortensen learnt Spanish while living in Latin America and even funny man Will Ferrell habla español!
US President Barack Obama is learning Spanish, as is NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Other notable hablantes include, but aren’t limited to; Audrey Hepburn, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Emma Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Matthew McConaughey, Sharon Stone, Sophia Loren, Jon Bon Jovi, Zac Efron, Beyoncé, Will Smith, Keanu Reeves, Vinnie Jones, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kobe Bryant, The King of Morocco, Jackie Kennedy, the Pope (since there are around 500 million speakers of Spanish, some of them had to be famous I guess!)
Join the likes of these famous Spanish speakers and learn today!
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