Most four-year-olds are barely working on the mastery of one language, which is probably why this video is so amazing. On national television, this four-year-old child spoke seven different languages with no problem whatsoever.
The clip, which has become viral, has been popping up on various internet outlets for a week strong. The views on YouTube alone, are now over a million, and continue to grow at a very aggressive pace.
Bella Devyatkina, the little girl in the video, can speak Russian, English, German, Spanish, French, Chinese and Arabic.
While many people have offered criticism towards the intensity of the curriculum that would have a four-year-old to learn seven different languages, neuropsychologist Anna Semenovich assured the world that Bella has chosen to learn the languages all on her own.
“If the girl is learning languages through curiosity, if her parents managed to build a schedule that works as a game – it will only benefit her. She’s not studying, she’s playing!” Semenovich said.
According to Semenovich, in Russia, it is actually a typical tradition to teach their young a variety of languages. “In pre-revolutionary Russia, if a child from a noble family couldn’t speak three-four languages by the age of five or six, it was a shame to take him out. Then in school Latin and ancient Greek were added to those. So five-six languages were a standard package for an educated youth back in 19th-century Russia,” she said.
Of course, little Bella blows all of them out of the water, with her mastery of not one, not two, not even four, but seven different languages! With the ability to have already grasped that many languages, Bella is sure to have a bright and beautiful future ahead that is filled with possibilities. It just goes to show the capacity for learning in the mind of a child.
Written by Danielle