Eva Longoria wants trilingual kids

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My husband and I have not done a very good job when it comes to helping Ellie learn to be bilingual. Despite the fact that my husband speaks fluent Spanish, most of what Ellie has learned has come from school, not him. He does reinforce what she is taught at school, but teaching a child to speak two languages requires a lot more effort than that.

Evan Longoria and her new husband Tony Parker have even grander plans for language in their home. Longoria tells People that if she and Parker do have children, they want them to be trilingual. As in speaking English, Spanish and French. Longoria is fluent in both English and Spanish while Parker is a native of France and presumably speaks the language.

She spoke of her trilingual goals at a fundraiser for Padres Contra El Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), which took place at the premiere of Go, Diego, Go Live! The Great Jaguar Rescue at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Of her own childhood, she says bilingual cartoons characters were hard to come by. "Speedy Gonzales was the [only] bilingual character growing up and all he said was 'Arriba! Arriba!'"

I think it's great she wants her kids to be trilingual. I just don't have a clue how you would do it. We couldn't manage two languages, mostly because I only speak one. How do you teach a kid to speak in three languages?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.