We all know how important it is to know and speak Spanish because for many, it is one of the ways we are able to remain close to our culture. And many of our favorite Latino celebrities agree.
Here are 10 stars who plan (or already are) on teaching their ninos Spanish:
1. teach slide 10 Eva Mendes
In an interview with People, the Cuban American expressed her desire to have bilingual children.
“I would teach her Spanish. But first, I’d study up on mine — it’s Spanglish and very improper. I’m not sure what I would teach her about culture," she said. "That’s probably why I don’t have kids yet. I feel like I need to go to Cuba first — whether Castro is in power or not — and figure out some stuff on my own.”
2. teach slide 01 jlo
Since the beginning of her Hollywood career, J.Lo's Spanish has improved greatly. And during an interview with America Reads Spanish, the 44-year-old spoke on the importance of her children also knowing the language.
"[It's] Very, very important. I want my kids not just to speak in Spanish but to know the culture of their parents. We come from a rich and vast culture and I want to educate my kids knowing their heritage."
3. teach slide 02 Ricky Martin
The Puerto Rican papi, who even holds citizenship in Spain, told People en Espanol, "In my house, we speak Spanish, and I speak to them in Spanish all the time."
"I tell them [Matteo and Valentino] that they will learn English in school and with the television," he continued.
4. teach slide 03 Salma Hayek
Hayek couldn't be more proud of daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault. In 2010, the Mexicana told People that Valentina "speaks three languages,” and her husband François-Henri Pinault added, "She’s [speaking] fluently — English, Spanish and French. She can have a conversation."
5. teach slide 04 Shakira
The Colombian singer's fluency in Spanish has been a big influence on teaching Milan the language. During a shopping trip, onlookers witnessed the singer singing and speaking to her baby in Spanish.
6. teach slide 05 Penelope Cruz
The Spanish beauty who consistently travels back and forth to her motherland is heavily invested in her culture and makes sure to instill that in her children by speaking in Spanish.
7. teach slide 06 Perez Hilton
The celebrity gossip king told our friends over at Mamas Latinas, "I speak to him only in Spanish in the house, and so does abuela."
8. teach slide 07 Jessica Alba
In an interview with Latina in 2008, Alba shared, "Hopefully I can pick it up because I want my kids to speak Spanish. I don’t even want them to speak English for maybe the first two to three years, until preschool.”
9. teach slide 08 Christina Aguilera
Aguilera told People that she hopes one day her son Max will learn how to speak Spanish. "I love the Latino culture," she said. "It’s fire and passion, and I definitely want to instill all that in my son, since he’s half Latino too."
10. teach slide 09 Hilaria Baldwin
The 28-year-old yoga instructor told Us Weekly that she definitely wants her bebe to speak Spanish.
"I was on the phone with my nephew, who's seven," she explained. "He called me …and he asked me, 'Is she going to speak Spanish?' I said, 'Yes, but you have to help because she's going to grow up here probably so you have to help speak to her in Spanish.'"