In today’s highly interconnected world, managing several languages is a necessity rather than a luxury or a privilege for the elites. Mastering several languages allows you to have access to a whole new universe with its culture and knowledge to explore. Therefore, knowing that the language barrier is the last thing we need to break down, this girl shows that nothing is impossible in the world of communication. This adorable little Russian girl is called Bella Devyatkina, she is originally from Mosu and she is fluent in 7 languages․
She demonstrated her skills on the Russian TV show “Amazing People” ․ Like a treasure hunt, she spoke 7 different languages with native speakers passing the most incredible of tests. Bella demonstrated her fluency in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French, German, and Arabic. With her two cute pigtails, a velvet vest and a plaid skirt, Bella stole the hearts and admiration of the whole world. She managed to talk to the people on the stage in the most natural way possible. Her mother assures that the little girl is not overloaded with her language classes, although her schedule varies from two to four classes a week for six hours a day.
The method they use is the natural method, where the girl plays and learns by talking with native speakers of the language. Her mother has been very involved in the language process for the little girl. It all started from the day Bella was born, her mother started teaching her English and speaking to her in both languages since she was a baby. When they saw the great advances that her daughter was making, little by little they introduced new languages into her daily routine. Bella has different babysitters of different nationalities. The nannies are not dedicated to teaching her languages as such, they play with Bella, read her stories, children’s encyclopedias and that is how the little girl has learned so far. Bella is a happy little girl who plays and laughs like any other child in the world․ The mother assures that her daughter is not a genius or a language prodigy, it’s just that they have invested a lot of time and effort in developing her communication skills.
“Not every child has to speak 6 foreign languages, but every child can easily master 2 or 3,” says Yulia Devyatkina, Bella’s mother. Yulia is a linguist and has been teaching English to children for over 7 years. Her father works at the Radio Research Center in Moscow, they both have an average income but decided that her daughter’s development would be her priority. All of Bella’s classes are in game form. Her parents organize field trips with native speakers of the different languages so that Bella can experience the world in her languages. Bella participates in a Drama Club in English, painting classes in French, dance classes in Spanish, ice skating in German, and she loves watching cartoons in Mandarin. This girl is really wonderful․