Jessica Alba Teaches Daughter to Speak Spanish
09/25/2009 - 09:38 ||
When Jessica Alba spoke to Latina for the March 2008 cover, the then pregnant actress said she was determined to learn Spanish for her sake as well as her child’s. “Hopefully I can pick it up because I want my kids to speak Spanish,” Alba said. “I don’t even want them to speak English for maybe the first two to three years, until preschool.”
Well, it looks like Alba has stayed true to that plan for the most part. The Fantastic Four star spoke to People while attending the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City on Thursday, and said she relentlessly promotes education at home with 1-year-old daughter Honor Marie.
"I am a mother who shoves information down her throat, poor thing," Alba said with a laugh. "I sing her songs about colors in Spanish and English when I'm cooking. Literally I integrate learning into everything I do. We're into colors because I feel that's something a 15-month-old can sort of identify. So now she kind of points to blue and says 'azul' and I say 'Yes, azul, muy bien!' It's slow going but she's sort of picking it up."
Alba added that little Honor is almost bilingual. "She says gato for cat. Pato for duck, but dog is dog," Alba says. "She doesn't say perro. She kind of flips back and forth. She's very silly. She growls like a lion whenever I say leon."
The actress is working with the Clinton Global Initiative to promote education for children everywhere. "It’s a human right, I believe, to have the opportunity to have an education and it's unacceptable that 75 million children on this planet don't have a chance to have one." Muy bien, Jessica. Muy bien.