MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA star Ziyi Zhang's method of learning English nearly landed her in trouble, as she picked up the language by listening to and repeating obscene Eminem lyrics.

The Chinese screen beauty studied music and commercials to learn words and phrases, but she admits she wasn't initially aware of how offensive her Eminem-style English was.

She explains, "It was television commercials and Eminem.

"I loved to watch the commercials because they pronounce their words so clearly.

"I don't always know what (Eminem) is talking about, so I write down the lyrics and repeat them.

"Later, I understood how rude they were."