At the age of four, Bella Devyatkina already knows six foreign languages, in addition to her native Russian. How did he succeed, and what explanation do linguists give? Earlier this month, Bella became an instant celebrity thanks to the Russian TV show Amazing People. The video, in which the girl answers questions, sings songs and talks about herself in different languages, has gone viral.
“Compared to this kid, I feel stupid,” users wrote in the comments. Yulia Devyatkina, Bella’s mother, said that her daughter is not a child prodigy. they just spent a lot of time and effort developing it. “Not every child needs to know six languages, but any child can learn two or three,” said the mother.
Bella’s parents understand that their daughter will not use all these languages in everyday life. “When school starts, we will focus on English, French and Chinese,” said the mother. “We’re also not worried about Bella not being interested in her classes. He has the same knowledge as a four-year-old child, but he is able to discuss these topics in different languages.”