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So, it goes without saying that Spanish is a language totally worth learning. However, you don’t have to wait until high school Spanish classes to pick up the language. In fact, learning a language is easiest at a young age. Doing so has added benefits too. Learning a second language has been shown to increase problem-solving, creativity, test scores and a greater understanding of one’s native language.
It only makes sense to start them young but don’t take our word for it. There are tons of celebrities who also understand this advantage. As such, both native and non-native speakers are setting their kids up for a bilingual future by teaching them Spanish now. Here are some of the celebs who are fostering a love for Español in their kids.
1. Ali Wong
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Funny woman Ali Wong is best known for making us laugh with her comedy specials and Netflix original movie “Always Be My Maybe,” but she’s also a really cool mom. In this Instagram video, the comedian is shown reading a Lil’ Libros book about La Catrina to her little one. She even encourages her daughter to read along. We can’t help but approve of her technique.
2. Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes
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Celebrity couple Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have two adorable little girls who they are teaching Spanish to. In May 2019, the actress appeared on “The Talk” and shared her experience teaching her daughters.
“We’re trying to teach the kids Spanish, and it’s harder than I thought because I speak Spanglish, and that’s what they’re picking up. It’s adorable, but it’s technically not a language.”
3. Salma Hayek
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Not every native Spanish speaker decides to teach their children Spanish — especially if their spouse doesn’t speak the language. That hasn’t stopped Salma Hayek, though. The actress has shared in the past that her daughter, Valentina, knows three languages. Her husband is from France so their girl has grown up speaking French, Spanish and English.
4. Perez Hilton
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Gossip guru, Perez Hilton is a dedicated father of one and is passing his Cuban heritage on to his son through speaking Spanish. Back in 2013, the internet personality shared with MAMAS LATINAS about his strict Spanish-only rule.
“I speak to him only in Spanish in the house, and so does abuela.”
Though she’s Latina, Jessica Alba isn’t a native speaker. Still, she recognizes the importance of learning the language. Back in 2008, she told LATINA that she was determined to learn so she could teach her kids.
“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.”
6. Hilaria Baldwin
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Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, was ready to teach their daughter Spanish before she was even talking. The Spanish-national told US Weekly all about her plans.
“I was on the phone with my nephew, who’s seven. 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 [in the US] probably so you have to help speak to her in Spanish.'”
For JLo, her kids learning Spanish was all about la cultura. She and ex-husband, Marc Anthony, made sure to teach their twins the language while they grew up. She explained this mentality during an interview with AMERICA READS SPANISH.
“[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.”
8. Christina Aguilera
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Christina Aguilera is another Latina who understands the value of teaching her child Spanish. She shared with People that she intended for her son Max to learn the language as it is a part of their Latino culture and he is half Latino.
9. Roselyn Sánchez
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Actress and producer Roselyn Sánchez is a native Spanish speaker and has taught her daughter how to speak it as well. However, her husband, Eric Winter, doesn’t speak the language at all. This led to Sánchez and her daughter giving their favorite guy a few adorable lessons in Español.
10. Ricky Martin
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Pop sensation Ricky Martin helped usher in the Latin explosion of the early 2000s. His culture is obviously very important to the star and he’s shared that gift with his twin sons. In fact, the Puerto Rican dad and his kids only speak Spanish at home. English is only spoken by his boys at school
11. Gwyneth Paltrow
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Goop-founder Gwyneth Paltrow is raising her kids to speak fluent Spanish. Son, Moses, and daughter, Apple, are encouraged to only speak Spanish to each other at home. This immersion therapy is one of the best methods for raising bilingual kids.
12. Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas
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Though she is now grown, Stella Banderas was raised by her parents to be fluent in Spanish and English. Born in Spain, the young actress grew up shuttled between LA and her home country so being bilingual was especially helpful.
13. Zoe Saldana
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For Afro-Latina Zoe Saldana, the choice to teach her kids Spanish was an easy one. In fact, according to Girls Talk Smack, she decided to before they were even born.
“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.”
14. Tiny Harris
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Wife to T.I. and mom to Heiress, Tiny Harris is working on making her daughter as well rounded as possible. In a January 2019 Instagram video, the mom recorded little Heiress practicing her Spanish. Harris’ hope is that she can help her daughter learn a second or third language.
15. David and Victoria Beckham
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Back in 2003, David Beckham and family moved to Spain when he signed on with Real Madrid. The soccer star learned Spanish while playing with his team and taught his sons as well. This goes to show that necessity can be a useful motivation when learning a new language.
16. Matt Damon
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Though he is married to an Argentine woman, Matt Damon was a Spanish speaker long before they met. He learned Spanish through immersion as a teenager and also backpacked through Mexico and Guatemala. As such, he and his wife, Luciana Barroso, have raised their four daughters to speak Spanish as well.
We really thought once Eva Longoria had her baby boy that we would perhaps not see her working as much. We don’t say that because the actress, producer, director, and activist has to choose between one or the other, thankfully she has the privilege to do all of those things. However, it’s totally natural for a new mom to take time off from work or perhaps not go back to work altogether. Some women don’t have a choice due to our country’s backward maternity laws, and one-income households.
Longoria, however, shows exactly what it looks like to balance it all thanks to an open working environment that supports moms.
Eva Longoria takes her baby boy everywhere she goes including on the set while breastfeeding.
“This is a pic of me directing while breastfeeding Santi during the filming,” she said on Instagram. “Women multitask every day and I was so lucky to have such an amazing crew and cast that supported both my new motherhood and career goals!”
Longoria, who’s currently directing, producing and starring on ABC’s “Grand Hotel” has been working nonstop since giving birth to Santiago Enrique Bastón on Dec. 17.
Longoria has been very open about the fact that her show “Grand Hotel” has been able to be accommodating to her and others on the cast and crew with children. Making a work environment be a family-friendly place makes everyone on the set more focused on their work.
“I do think there has to be a normalization within Hollywood to make sure that motherhood is accepted in a wider way,” Longoria said in Parents magazine. “Many times, [after becoming a mom] you no longer get the sexy roles, or you have to take time off until you’re looking a certain way.”
Her co-star and co-worker Roselyn Sanchez has praised Longoria for making the set of “Grand Hotel” a friendly place to bring your kids to work.
“She’s loving and wonderful and demanding, but in a good way,” Sanchez said in an interview with Hola! magazine. “It’s amazing because I’m just comfortable. You know, I got to work and I’m just comfortable. I know I’m respected and appreciated and I’m protected.”
Longoria added, “The baby was with me and it was normalized and it was great and when we shot the pilot, Ross’s baby was three-months-old. To have that culture and normalize the fact that we’re women and we can be mothers, but also pursue our careers, was really, really good.”
Longoria isn’t putting work life on hold, she’s pursuing her dreams and living her best life as a mommy.
“The stakes are higher now that I have a child,” she in Parents magazine. “I need to make sure I’m doing my part to leave the world a better place—for him [Santiago] and for all the children of our future.”
That is mom goals right there!
We are so impressed by Longoria’s determination to keep on working. There have been so many studies about women who wait to have their children later in life due to reasons about partners and work. It’s great to see that Longoria is now in her ideal time with the right husband and the right work opportunities, without having to sacrifice a thing. We only wish more employers would give women the chance to be engaged workers while also not be neglectful of families, especially when there are young children involved.
That is one of the reasons why Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has vowed that all of her employees will not have a great maternity and paternity leave system in place. She’s also a fierce advocate of making sure her office is family friendly, which means women can breastfeed there and not have to be ridiculed or judged for doing so.