7 World Class Sports Athlete Polyglots and Bilinguals

When we think of Sports, we imagine the extensive training, hard work, and passion that each athlete undergoes. Here in GlobalPolyglots.com, we put it up to one more level. Presenting the world class athletes, who not only embodies the physique and talent of the sport, but also the majestic beauty of language mastery. Here are seven of the world class sports athlete polyglots and bilinguals.


1. Dikembe Mutombo (Basketball) – languages spoken: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Tshiluba, Swahili, Lingala, and two other central African languages, including his mother tongue Congolese.

Here is his video where he spoke French. (starts at the 1:09 mark)

2. Kobe Bryant (Basketball) – languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish

Here is his interview in Italian:



3. Roger Federer (Tennis) – languages spoken: Swiss German, English, French, and German

Here is his interview in French:


4. Novak Djokovic (Tennis) – languages spoken: Serbian, English, German, Italian, and French

Here is his interview in German:


5. Cesc Fabregas (Football) – languages spoken: Spanish, Catalan, English, and French

Here is his interview in Catalan:



6. Yu-Na Kim (Figure Skating) – Korean and English

Here is her interview in English:


7. Manny Pacquiao (Boxing) – Cebuano and Tagalog (Philippine languages) and English

Here is his funny skit in Tagalog:

Now, that’s what we can call fantastic! =)

What can you say about these world class athletes? Share your thoughts below =)

16 Replies to “7 World Class Sports Athlete Polyglots and Bilinguals”

  1. I’m very impressed with Yu-Na Kim’s English accent as well as Kobe Bryant.
    As someone who speaks more than one language, I feel the accent is one of the harder things to get down.

    In my country, we have 11 official languages so at some point most people have to learn a new language. Most of us use English as a common to communicate. Like myself, English is not my mother tongue but I had to learn to speak it.

    1. I agree John, Yu-Na Kim’s English accent was superb =) It was interesting to hear when she shifted to Korean then went back in speaking English naturally. How many languages do you speak and what is your mother tongue? =)

  2. Hey,

    Great article!

    I didn’t know these athletes were polyglots. (Usain Bolt knows a lot of languages!)

    I am a super fan of KOBE BRYANT! Love that you put him on this list.

    I personally speak English and Tamil. I am planning to add Spanish and Singala to my language collection.

    We are a species meant to socially interact with each other. Communication is key and being a polyglot is just logical in my opinion.

    Stay blessed and keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Janakhan =) When I was doing my research, I was impressed with Kobe Bryant too =) I imagine the big challenge ahead of you by learning two new languages, but I salute you for it. The challenge is big but very doable =) Thanks again =)

  3. I’m not proud to say that I am uni-lingual.
    I would like to learn at least one or two languages though, as many people around my city can speak Polish or Spanish. Trying to figure the best and fastest method to learn a new language.

    1. hi Jeff, thanks for dropping by. Having only one language is still something to be proud of. But of course, learning a new one at this life stage will be fantastic. One of the great ways to learn a new one is by visiting apps like Duolingo, or by watching your favorite movie or tv show in their foreign language. It is by immersing and hearing the new language more often we become accustomed to it, at least in its basic forms =)

  4. This is very interesting! I didn’t know that Kobe can speak Italian at all he’s impressive. And of course Manny Pacquaio, he was so hilarious. I’m also multi-lingual (Tagalog and English). But it would be great if I’ll learn another language. I’m thinking of Korean or Spanish. I’ll figure it out soon. Great article! Keep it up!

    1. Thank you Coach Ronald for dropping by. I was impressed with Kobe too. Big fan here =) Learning Korean and Spanish will be a blast! =) Do come back again here on the site when you have learned a new one then we’ll try to converse with the other members in your new learned language =) Kamsahamneda =)

  5. Hello and thanks for sharing you have and amazing post. It is also amazing to see and to learn that these athletes can speak different languages. They are truly talented. All it goes to show is that whatever you put your mind to you can achieve. I am sure that your readers will be inspired by this post

    1. hi Norman, thanks again for the visit =) I totally agree that we can reach our goal if we put something both in our minds and in our heart. Thanks again =)

  6. Hi!
    Really great and interesting article. Thank you for sharing it!
    It would be great if I would learn a new language or just improve my German. I wanted to start learning German again for some time, but it didn’t happen yet. It looks like I always have some more important things to do. 🙂 I thought that I am bad with languages. I saw how other pupils were better than me and learned more quickly. I don’t think that anymore, everything could be achieved if I want. I know that. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Linda, thanks again for dropping by =) It’s never late to learn German, or a new language for that matter. I support your desire for it. Hearing these very popular sports icon speak in a foreign tongue is really very inspiring =) Thanks again =)

  7. That was a really fun article to read! Thank you for writing it. Learning another language can be trouble some. At least it had been for me. I got real serious with it and now Spanish has been a pleasure to learn. I’m a long ways off from Dikembe Mutombo. He’s really impressive 🙂

    1. hi Justin, thank you for visiting =) I am glad all is doing well with your Spanish lessons. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo! =) Muchas Gracias! =)

  8. It’s amazing and inspiring to hear these talented athletes speak in different languages. I’m trying to improve my Mandarin. I think it’s much harder to learn Mandarin than say, English or Malay. The accent is one of the hardest thing to get right. I believe in lifelong learning. It helps to keep dementia at bay. Lol!

    1. Hi Yvonne, thanks for dropping by =) I agree with you. Learning is really a lifelong process. One of the best ways is to be inquisitive in learning new languages. I am very glad to know that you are learning Mandarin. It is also one language that I am fascinated. I know a song in Mandarin and I am exposing it to my daughter. She loves it so much =) Again, thanks for for dropping by =)

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