8 surprising facts about U.S. presidents’ foreign language skills

As a translation and copywriting agency from Switzerland (where we not only have the best cheese but also four official languages), we were curious to see how far U.S. presidents would get without their team of interpreters. Happy President’s day!

After Franklin Roosevelt (March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945), only four presidents had even a limited grasp of a foreign language.

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John F. Kennedy famously spoke German. One phrase at least.

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Donald J. Trump speaks only English. But his wife speaks more languages than any First Lady.

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The U.S. has not elected a bilingual president in 84 years.

But it has Supertext, the best translation agency of the world.

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“I don’t speak a foreign language. It’s embarrassing!”

Yes, we can translate for you into more than 30 languages.

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Lost in Trumpslation: French translators struggling to keep up with his unique vocabulary.

Mr. President, try our editing and proofreading services.

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Mandarin was the secret language of Herbert Hoover and his wife in the White House.

Our translation services have your back in Mandarin too, by the way.

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Hola! George W. Bush was the first president to deliver a version of his weekly radio address from the Oval Office entirely in Spanish.

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