Busy Philipps and Her Bilingual Babe

07/07/2009 at 04:00 PM ET
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Busy Philipps has an early talker on her hands, and not only does daughter Birdie Leigh, 10 months, speak — she does so in two languages! “She says ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ and ‘agua,'” Busy tells the July 6 issue of Us Weekly, adding,

“I want her to be bilingual. They say it’s good for their cognitive skills.”

Busy, 29, can next be seen on the small screen in ABC’s Cougar Town, debuting this fall. Birdie — whose “new thing is pointing,” according to the proud first-time mom — is Busy’s daughter with husband Marc Silverstein.

Source: Us Weekly

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eva on

The best way to raise a bilingual child is right from the start.I think Busy will be sucessful if she continues to use both languages with little Birdie.I spoke to my child in Spanish and Russian since infancy and now she’s completely fluent and can read both languages.

Sophie on

i know this may sound ignorant… but what is agua?

As for languages, you can teach it from a young age but you have to keep it up. My dad still speaks dutch to me (and my siblings) something he’s been doing since we were born and we’re bilingual. However my uncle (who is italian) didn’t keep up with speaking italian to my cousins- so while we can converse freely in dutch they can barely string a sentence together in italian.

New Shoes on

Agua is Spanish for water.

Andy on

Well, my son speaks the one language at 10 months old, and that is Jibberish! He says mum and dad, and other baby babble indiscriminately.

I was only taught one language growing up, I’m fairly certain my cognitive abilities are up to scratch.

Allie-Rose on

My sister and I were raised as bilingual (French & Greek) from day 1. I don’t know how it improved our cognitive skills or not, but it sure helped a lot when it came to learning other foreign languages.

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