Shakira talks about education at Oxford U.

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Despite the fact that we know Shakira is a musical prodigy who can speak fluent Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese, it's still surprising to hear that she addressed a few hundred students at Oxford on Monday. Yes, she's a UNICEF ambassador, but she also released an album called Oral Fixation.

Anyway, the 32-year-old had a decent message about getting your learn on an using your talents to get ahead, the AP reported. She specifically mentioned how her singing career has helped build schools for children in Colombia, "where education is perceived as a luxury and not as a birthright," she said.

"I think those two paths have been so parallel in my life," she said. "My career gives me an enormous opportunity to communicate issues that I believe strongly should be communicated."

Think it's weird to have a polyglot pop singer address those students? Oxford Union spokesman Conan McKenzie said Shakira's "an immensely popular singer with a large fan base among Oxford students. And the Oxford Union has a tradition of inviting a wide variety of speakers."

In the past they've invited Michael Jackson, Mother Teresa, Stephen Hawking and the Dalai Lama before. But none of them had She Wolf become the ABC theme song for Desperate Housewives.

[Photo: AP]

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