Language learning’s not just for regular people
(Or, Angelina Jolie does it too.)
I don’t usually keep up with tabloids, but I noticed a story about Angelina Jolie’s love for the Russian language, and had to see what was going on. She’s had to learn the language for upcoming film Salt, and says that while she struggled with getting the difficult pronunciation right, she loves the sound of the language, as well as loving to speak it. “I find it a very interesting sound because it can be so hard and strong and also very sensual and very beautiful,” she said.
While some commenters bring up the sort-of-justified point that she’s only learning lines, not how to actually converse, she did have to do some work to get her pronunciation right. She mentioned constant practice and work with a vocal coach who would record the lines for her to listen to at home (a method I am a big fan of). Even if you don’t completely understand what you’re saying, listening and pronunciation drills will help your fluency immensely. So, while she may not actually speak Russian, she is able to speak in Russian. Good for her. I haven’t even tried to decipher the alphabet yet!
Source: Us Magazine.