Multilingual conversation in “NCIS: Los Angeles”

I like watching the show “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS. In the last episode of season 2, there was a great multilingual exchange between Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Lauren (guest Claire Forlani).

For those keeping track, the episode is episode 24, titled “Familia.” The clip is called “Not Voluntarily.” The languages I heard were: French, German, and Italian. From the subtitles, I could tell there was also Polish and Russian. What is the last language? And were the accents accurate?

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4 thoughts on “Multilingual conversation in “NCIS: Los Angeles”

  1. Claire Forlani’s accents are better than Chris O’Donnell’s, generally speaking. The Russian and Polish accents for both are pretty spot on. Forlani’s French and Italian sounds nearly authentic, and O’Donnell’s French is not bad if a bit Canadian (not sure if he’s Canadian himself). German for both is a bit laboured, but O’Donnell’s German is slightly more stilted than Forlani’s. Can’t make out the last accent, but sounds Turkish or Magyar to me. It’s easier to have an ear for accents/languages if you spend enough time growing up in London (as I have) where there’s enough students from the Continent running around. I’d say Forlani probably actually knows some French and/or Italian and O’Donnell had rehearsed the lingos for the sketch.

    • Chris O’Donnell is American. It’s possible that he’s heard a lot of Canadian French. Claire Forlani impresses me because her real voice is a British accent, but often acts with an American accent. She even has a Southern accent in one movie.

      • Oh, I see, so Forlani is English. Well, that explains quite a lot then. Most English people (as opposed to Welsh, Scottish or Irish) are quite good at mimicking accents. Most Englishmen and Englishwomen are particularly good at doing the French accent, and this is also helped by French being one of the compulsory school subjects (until only the recent past). For example, my own put-on French accent is so authentic that it fools even the French – but then I also took French in school.

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