Jessica Alba Says Her Daughter will be Raised Bilingual

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Jessica Alba wants her daughter, Honor, to grow up speaking Spanish because she didn't. Credit: X17online


Celeb mom Jessica Alba says she wishes she'd been raised bilingual and she's making sure her daughter grows up knowing how to speak Spanish.

Alba, who has been criticized in the media for trying to distance herself from her Latina roots, has already hired a language tutor for her 19-month-old daughter, Honor, according to a story in People magazine. The actress hired a Hispanic studies professor to teach her child Spanish.

Alba tells Siempre Mujer magazine that she wants to protect her child from the kind of criticism she took when her inability to speak fluent Spanish made headlines 10 years ago when she was just 18.

"God knows that I wish I was raised bilingual," Alba says. "But it wasn't to be."

Alba goes on to share the personal pain those barbs caused her.

"I tried to explain to [journalists] that in this country I'm considered Latina and, thus, I consider myself Latina as well," Alba, 28, tells Siempre Mujer. "I identify with Mexicans. It's in my blood whether or not I speak Spanish."

Honor isn't the only one getting language lessons. According to the Web site Pop Crunch, mom is getting some study time in, as well.

"I want to make movies in Spanish," Alba tells Siempre Mujer. "There are so many interesting themes and stories that are worth sharing, like the lives of immigrants, for example. There's a whole world that hasn't been sufficiently explored and I want to be part of it -- the violence on the Mexican borders, the political upheaval in Venezuela and Bolivia and the drug trafficking in Colombia."

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