Laurel and Hardy … filmed in French & Spanish

Did you know that Laurel and Hardy, the 1930’s comedy movie stars, reshot a number of their films in French, Spanish, Italian and German?

Laurel and Hardy couldn’t speak any foreign languages, so had voice coaching, and often used native language speaking supporting cast members. These language versions helped to boost their popularity internationally. Pardon Us was reshot in all four foreign languages. Chickens Come HomeBlotto and Below Zero were re-filmed in French and Spanish.

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Anne Frank exhibition … in 40 languages

Did you know that there are currently forty different language versions of the travelling exhibition ‘Anne Frank – a History for Today’, which will be on display all over the world.  Read more about the multilingual Anne Frank exhibition>>

Did you know … that ‘hotel de ville’ is not a French hotel?

Ah … the woes of not understanding a language very well!   One Friday night, a British tourist  dropped into  the hotel de ville in the small town of Dannemarie in France thinking it was a hotel. The tourist wanted to check into the ‘hotel’ but finding no-one at the reception desk, she used the toilet. [Read more…]

Nelly Furtado sings … in Spanish

Did you know that the Canadian-Portuguese singer, Nelly Furtado, is writing her latest album entirely in Spanish? This is the first time that she will be releasing a non-English album. The album is called ‘Mi Plan’ and will be released on the 15th September 2009.

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Davina McCall speaks … French

Did you know that the famous Big Brother TV presenter Davina McCall is half-French? She reveals her French heritage on the BBC TV programme ‘Who do   you think you are?’.

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Shappi Khorsandi performs … in Persian

Did you know Iranian-born UK-raised comedienne, Shappi Khorsandi, adds sketches in Persian to some of her shows? [Read more…]

Daniel Meade is learning … French

Daniel Meade is learning French in the hit TV show ‘Ugly Betty’.   The storyline finds Daniel (actor Eric Mabius) as the father to Daniel Jr. (actor Julian de la Celle) – apparently through a liaison with a French model in Paris.   Neither of them can speak much of the other’s language, [Read more…]

Kylie is learning…. Spanish

Did you know that the Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue is learning Spanish? She  wants to learn  Spanish as she is in a relationship with the Spanish male model, Andres Velencoso.

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Bill Bailey speaks … German

Did you know that English comedian Bill Bailey performs some of his sketches in German? [Read more…]

Bill Bailey speaks … French

Did you know that English comedian Bill Bailey performs some of his material in French? And did you know that Bill allegedly won the award for  Best French Actor at the Institut Francais awards, UK in 1986? [Read more…]