Famous Bilinguals & Multilinguals
People that you probably know who speak a language other than just English



The people listed on the next page come from a variety of language backgrounds.  Some studied another language in school.  Others grew up bilingual.  For a few listed, English is actually their second language.

For the purposes of this website, being "bilingual" or "multilingual" means being able to at least "get by" in another language.  In other words, if dropped off in the middle of a particular country, could this person at least survive?  Get a hotel room?  Handle themselves at the bank?  Enjoy themselves at a restaurant?

[Note to language geeks like myself:  These are qualities of a speaker at the Intermediate-Low level according to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines!]