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This list contains information about celebrities who learned English as their second language, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous people are bilingual and those on this list learned ESL. Many celebrities who learned English later in life are also fluent in several other languages.

Which celebrities learned English as a second language? Sofia Vergara tops this list. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and learned English at Marymount School Barranquilla, a private bilingual Spanish/English school. Mila Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, SSR. She spoke Russian while living in Chernivtsi, but her family moved to the U.S. in 1991. She can speak both Russian and English fluently.

Ricky Martin was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He grew up speaking Spanish and later learned to speak fluent English. Andy Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba. His native language is Spanish, but his mother, who was an English teacher, taught him to speak English at an early age.

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 31 Celebrities Who Learned English as a Second Language
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Mila Kunis was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, SSR. She spoke Russian while living in Chernivtsi, but her family moved to the U.S. in 1991. She can speak both Russian and English fluently.

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Age: 33

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted, Friends with Benefits

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Andy García is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 31 Celebrities Who Learned English as a Second Language
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Andy Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba. His native language is Spanish, but his mother, who was an English teacher, taught him to speak English at an early age. His family moved to Florida when Garcia was five years old.

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director

Credits: The Untouchables, Ocean's Eleven, The Godfather Part III, Ocean's Thirteen, Ocean's Twelve, + more

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Diane Kruger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 31 Celebrities Who Learned English as a Second Language
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Diane Kruger was born in Algermissen, Germany. She grew up speaking German, but she also speaks English and French perfectly.

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Age: 40

Birthplace: Algermissen, Germany

Profession: Ballet Dancer, Fashion Model, Actor

Credits: Inglourious Basterds, National Treasure, Unknown, Troy

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 31 Celebrities Who Learned English as a Second Language
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria. He spoke little English when he moved to the United States at the age of 21, to compete as a professional body builder.

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Thal, Austria

Profession: Bodybuilder, Television director, Businessperson, Politician, Investor, + more

Credits: The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Pumping Iron

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