Captain Phillips’ star Barkhad Abdi Revealed how he Learned English

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Who knew you could learn English by watching a show about nothing?! Captain Phillips star and newcomer Barkhad Abdi admitted to Ryan Seacrest that he learned how to speak English by watching the comedy Seinfeld. Abdi moved to America from Somalia in 1999 and would also listen to albums by Jay Z to master the English language. “When you listen to a lot of music, you understand,” he mentioned to the E! host. Abdi is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category tonight and will competing against Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, and Jared Leto.

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Tim Gerstenberger received a BA degree in Communication from Saginaw Valley State University and a MSA degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University. He currently works as a Recruiter for Chemical Bank, one of the largest banks headquartered in the state of Michigan. His past work has been published on Yahoo! and Examiner. He also contributes to other television/celebrity based websites. He has had a passion for TV since an early age and some of his current favorite shows include: Friends, The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Endings, Bones, The Mindy Project, Chicago Fire, and The Good Wife. He currently resides in the Bay City, Michigan area.
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