Mabou Loiseau a 5 year old ‘Haitian Super Girl’ as described by the press, can speak fluently in seven languages and plays six musical instruments.
Spending seven hours a day getting tutored for $1500 a week, this extremely talented girl grew up speakingFrench, Creole and English, but clearly that was not enough for her parents who hired private tutors to teach the little girl Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian which are considered one the hardest languages in the world. Mabou can now write, read and fluently speak in these languages.
Her mother explains, that it all started when the girl was only 1 and a half years old. The mother started hiring nannies to look after her who all happened to be of different nationalities. As the girl progressed and grew up, the
mother decided to hire private tutors. The mother says that she happened to read in a magazine that up to the age of 5, a child can learn up to 10 languages with ease and so the mother decided not to waste time and started acting immediately.
‘Russian is my most favourite. I just hear something, and if I don’t understand I say, ‘What does that mean?’ and they’ll tell me‘ says Mabou.
When she’s not swimming or ice-skating professionally, this child prodigy is dancing in her own dance studio, with a mirrored wall where
she learns tap and ballet. Her mother has had to throw away her kitchen table to make room for it all. “Furniture is not important. Education is” she says.
She’s also learning to play the harp, clarinet, violin, guitar and piano, having no free time at all. Mabou’s dad works 16 hours a day at a car park to pay for
What do you think? Great? Or cruel, taking away a little girl’s childhood?
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