Actress Charlize Theron may have lost her South African accent - but still has trouble with speaking English.

The Italian Job beauty, who was born in Benoni, is well-known for her mastery of international accents, but insists she is still ruled by her mother tongue.

She says,"My mom lives in Los Angeles and I can't even imagine speaking English to her.

"I still dream in Afrikaans and I have a hard time with English sometimes. You can express emotion really well with a word in Afrikaans, whereas in English I often feel as if I'm floundering and talking in circles."

20/09/2003 00:13