These 6 Celebrities Unexpectedly Speak Chinese

    Vanessa Branch decided to become an actress after studying in China and witnessing how the people she met there didn't have the freedom to choose their own career paths. (Image: Mark Henry Rowswell is known in China as 'Dashan,' meaning 'big mountain.' He is the most famous non-Chinese, Chinese-speaking celebrity in China. He often appears on TV there. (Image: Lou Jing is a half Chinese, half African-American young woman who was raised in China. She was put on China's national stage as a high achiever in a television talent contest. (Weibo)Kevin Rudd (front) is Australia's battered, fallen former prime minister. He gained an interest in Chinese as a child, and mastered it in college. (Image: Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino learned Chinese while studying in Beijing. (Image: Herbert Hoover was the President of the United States from 1929 to 1933. He worked in China with his wife and children as an engineer during the late 1800s into the early 1900s. Both he and his wife picked up Chinese there. (Image:

    In a recent question and answer section Facebook guru Mark Zuckerburg busted out some pretty good Mandarin.

    I am not sure why that was so surprising, seeing as his wife is Chinese, and that he’s worth like a gazillion dollars and has time to learn it.

    There are plenty of celebrities who speak multiple languages.  Maybe these other celebrities who speak Chinese will surprise you, or maybe they won’t, considering Mandarin Chinese is one of the fastest growing languages in the world. It is hailed as the language of the future (though I have to point out the irony of calling an ancient language futuristic).

    Did you know that these celebrities speak Chinese?

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more people are learning to speak Chinese, as almost 1 billion people speak it worldwide.

    As for me, I’ve tried over the years to learn, but still don’t speak too well. “Wo shuo de bu hao.”


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