Chelsea's Filipe Luis Reveals How He Learned English: By Watching Movies!

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Chelsea's Filipe Luis Reveals How He Learned English: By Watching Movies!
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There are many challenges facing any overseas player arriving in the Premier League.

They're meeting new teammates, adjusting to life in a new country and above all else, learning a new language.

Not Filipe Luis.

Chelsea's summer signing from Atletico Madrid surprised many with his near-perfect English when he conducted his first interview on Chelsea TV recently and despite never having an English lesson in his life, has revealed the secret behind his impressive knowledge of the language: Movies!

“I watch a lot of movies,” he explains in the latest edition of Chelsea magazine. “I’m serious!

“You know The Shawshank Redemption? I’ve seen that movie, like, 30 times or something. Dirty Harry, too—I love that movie. I watch a lot of movies and sometimes I watch the same ones a lot of times, so you get to learn a lot of words that way.

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“I lived in Holland for one year when I was younger and, although they speak Dutch there, I learned a little bit of English while I was there, but really I learned from movies and TV series like 24 and Prison Break.”

Given his knack for learning from movies, Chelsea fans must be hoping their new left-back hasn't felt inclined to indulge himself in football movies such as Goal!, Kicking and Screaming and When Saturday Comes in order to pick up some new skills.

Read more from Filipe Luis and Chelsea's other summer signings in this month's Chelsea magazine, available to download on your tablet now from

Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @garryhayes

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