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Celebrities with Chinese skill around the world

In recent years, more and more international celebrities are keen on speaking Chinese language when they attend some events in China. Besides the basic communications like "你好(hello)" or "谢谢(thank you)", some of them are very good at citing the classics or quoting some poetries. Their fans are stunned when these celebrities start talking in Chinese.

Do you know any celebrities who can speak fluent Chinese? Well, here are some you may be familiar with:

Let's begin with a Chinese song from Song Joong-ki, a South Korean actor, who stars in the latest hot TV drama Descendants of the Sun.


Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea

韩国总统朴槿惠

President of South Korea Park Geun-hye knows Chinese culture well and loves Chinese philosophy, who can also speak fluent Chinese. She made herself closer to Chinese citizens by citing many Chinese verses during her speech at Tsinghua University in 2013.

Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

澳大利亚前总理陆克文

In terms of Chinese language, former prime minister of Australia Kevin Rudd is a man with professional training. In 1976, Kevin Rudd majored in Chinese language and Chinese history in Australian National University. During his speech in Peking University in 2008, he even made a joke with standard Chinese by saying "天不怕, 地不怕, 就怕老外开口说中国话(Chinese people are not afraid of anything except hearing foreigners speaking Chinese)".

Ai Fukuhara, Japanese table tennis player

日本乒乓球女将福原爱

Speaking of foreigners with Chinese skill, Japanese table tennis player Ai Fukuhara is definitely one of them. Loved by millions of Chinese people, this cute girl with porcelain doll face can speak authentic Northeastern dialect as well.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Facebook创办人马克·扎克伯格

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is also one of those well-known Chinese hands, who marries ethnic Chinese Priscilla Chan in 2012. He once amazed the audiences with a speech in Chinese language in Tsinghua University.

Dashan (Mark Rowswell), a Canadian freelance performer in China

加拿大籍自由表演家大山

Mark Rowswell, AKA Dashan, has been called "the most famous foreigner in China". In 1984, Dashan entered University of Toronto to study China, and went to department of Chinese language in Peking University for further study. What's more, he even became an apprentice of Jiang Kun, a Chinese crosstalk artist.

Koji Yano, Japanese actor

日本演员矢野浩二

Known for a host for Chinese variety show "Day Day Up", Japanese actor Koji Yano starred in many China's TV plays which improved his Chinese skill a lot. He was rewarded as "the most outstanding foreigner" by Global Times in 2010. 

Yoona, South Korean singer and actress

韩国歌手演员林允儿

Yoona can speaks Chinese fluently with a good pronunciation. She can speak a little Northeastern dialect and uses Chinese buzzwords well when being interviewed.

Tsuyoshi Abe, Japanese actor

日本演员阿部力

Of mixed Chinese and Japanese descent, Tsuyoshi Abe is able to speak both Mandarin and Japanese fluently. He was born in China's Heilongjiang and spent a year at the Beijing Film Academy at age 18.

Bae Soo-bin, South Korean actor

韩国演员裴秀彬

Known for the roles in the television dramas like Brilliant Legacy and Temptation of an Angel, Bae attended the Beijing Film School with Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai's recommendation and made his television debut in 2002 in China's CCTV drama. He surprised Chinese viewers with his fluent spoken Chinese in an episode of Temptation of an Angel.

Gackt Camui, Japanese musician

日本音乐家神威乐斗

Japanese musician Gackt Camui can speak four languages, including French, Korean, English and Chinese. He once had a conversation in surprisingly fluent Chinese with Vivian Hsu in a variety show.

Lee Da-hae, South Korean actress

韩国女演员李多海

Lee Da-hae insists on answering questions in Chinese language whenever being interviewed or filming shows. In fact, she had many scenes of speaking Chinese and translating Korean for Chinese clients in TV play My Girl.

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2016-07-11

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