In this video posted to her mom’s Youtube account, 6‑year old Anaya speaks fluent Korean, impressing both her Mom and her cab driver.
Much of the video shows the cab driver trying to teach Anaya the difference between the word “cat” and “hometown,” which sound similar in Korean. At one point, however, Anaya interrupts to tell the cab driver that when she was two she was so cute her parents said she would be a princess. The cab driver responds by telling her that in Korea, “If you are a princess, it means you are the most beautiful. You are the most beautiful.” To which Anaya proudly responds, “I know.”
In the video’s description box, Anaya’s mother writes:
We put this video up as a way to show the benefits of raising your children abroad. This is meant to be a positive video to promote awareness that black people are traveling the world and our children are the products of our travels. We want to encourage others that it is possible.
Anaya, now eight years-old, has been living in Korea since she was a toddler; her parents are both working as teachers in the country. To learn more about Anaya and her family visit their website: Trekkin With Melanin.
Did any of you learn a second language as a child?