Pregnant Zoe Saldana Already Has Big Plans for Baby

zoe saldanaNot only is she in a hit movie (Guardians of the Galaxy had the best August opening ever), but Zoe Saldana's personal life is also on a whole new level. Now that Saldana is pregnant (though she has yet to officially announce it), she's already started making plans for how she'll parent her little one. And top of mind? Making sure her child can speak more than one language.

Saldana herself is Dominican and Puerto Rican, while her husband, Marco Perego, is Italian. So naturally, she announced in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas that her children will grow up multilingual.

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Of course [our children] will speak the languages that we speak; my sisters and I grew up learning French and speaking English and Spanish, and because of that, we're able to understand Italian and Portuguese. But I'm going to have to make a conscious effort to speak Spanish to my children, because I speak Spanglish.

Multilingual households and families always face the challenge of teaching children a language.

Should kids learn their parent's native tongues or stick with English? Which do you start with first? When should you start the second? The questions are boundless. But there is some very good news: you can and should start immediately.

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According to researchers at the University of British Columbia, babies who were born into bilingual households, where parents immediately began speaking in two respective languages, were able to recognize and distinguish the two languages as early as 2 months old. They were able to recognize speech patterns and phonetics, making it easier to fully pick up the language when they were older. Babies who are not immediately exposed to multiple languages from the start lose interest and engagement in other languages by the time they turn 8 months old. So if you plan on teaching language number two then, you'll have a much harder time.

So moral of the story? Follow Saldana's lead -- teach 'em, and teach 'em young!

Plus, there are many advantages of bilingualism. Kids who know more than one language are better listeners, can differentiate words and meanings, and are able to generally connect better with others. And the perks go on long after the kid-stage. They can travel abroad easier, apply for certain jobs, and can even delay dementia by more than four years. Overall, their brains tend to be more stimulated and active.

In other words -- Saldana's plan will make for one smart baby.

So if you're thinking to yourself that your child won't be able to understand or will be majorly confused when you switch up languages, don't be. They're really far more aware than we realize.

Did you teach your child multiple languages?

 

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