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maxsanta
Diglot
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Chile
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Speaks: Spanish*, English
Studies: French, Russian

 
 Message 137 of 142
20 April 2010 at 6:05am | IP Logged 
Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile (2006-2010) speaks Spanish, French, English,
German, Portuguese and a little bit of Russian. She learned most of those languages while
in Europe as an exiled. Before the election she used these skills in the TV ads, but I
can't find that scene on Youtube.
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ßruno
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Brazil
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 Message 138 of 142
16 May 2010 at 4:20am | IP Logged 
It's a bit shameful that the brazilian president can't speak any language beyond portuguese, but i don't blame him, he had a very difficult life.
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GauchoBoaCepa
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Brazil
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Speaks: Portuguese*, English, Spanish

 
 Message 139 of 142
23 May 2010 at 2:54am | IP Logged 
ßruno wrote:
It's a bit shameful that the brazilian president can't speak any language beyond portuguese, but i don't blame him, he had a very difficult life.



Difficult life???.....after his "accident" with his finger, he got retired and PT provided him with money.

Furthermore, he said whoever studies and speaks English is arrogant and twat.


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Medulin
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Croatia
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 Message 140 of 142
31 May 2014 at 4:48pm | IP Logged 
Queen Silvia of Sweden speaks six languages: Swedish, her native languages German and Portuguese, as well as French, Spanish, and English. She has some fluency in Swedish Sign Language.

You can hear her speak Portuguese:
http://youtu.be/itwoYjEYe-I?t=1m11s


Queen Máxima of the Netherlands speaks four languages: Dutch, English, French and Spanish (her native language).

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Zireael
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Poland
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Speaks: Polish*, EnglishB2, Spanish
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 Message 141 of 142
31 May 2014 at 4:57pm | IP Logged 
Swedish Sign Language? That's interesting...
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shk00design
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Canada
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Speaks: Cantonese*, English, Mandarin
Studies: French

 
 Message 142 of 142
01 June 2014 at 4:12pm | IP Logged 
In the 1930s & 40s, Mme. Chiang Kai-shek used to accompany her husband to world conferences and
she would be translating between English & Chinese on behalf of her husband. The Prime Minister of
Canada is usually bilingual in English & French. Since the 2 languages are official, he/she will attend the
Commonwealth summit speaking English and the Francophone summit speaking French. The ex-PM of
Australia Kevin Rudd is fully bilingual in English & Chinese. He gave speeches in Mandarin in China.

Don't forget Pope JP-II. He was fluent in Polish (his native language), Latin, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese,
French, English, etc. The Vatican is a sovereign state.

Edited by shk00design on 01 June 2014 at 4:26pm



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