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Cute Ngarod! Anne Curtis Smith Shared How Dahlia Counts In Ilocano
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  • Kids are like sponges, they say, and Anne Curtis' daughter, Dahlia Heussaff, is proof of just how amazing children's learning capacity can be.

    The actress recently took to social media to share an adorable video of Dahlia counting in not just one, but three languages!

    "Another day, another tutu dress and some counting," Anne wrote in an IG post, where she shows Dahlia counting plastic toy gems. "Ay ipagpannakkel. Ay ayaten ka/Je t’aime/Mahal kita/I LOVE YOU!"


    In the clip, Dahlia wears a yellow tutu and places the toys one by one on Anne's outstretched hand. Anne then prompts her to start counting in Ilocano, in French, and then in English, which Dahlia aced, of course! It's the cutest thing you'll see today.

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    No wonder Dahlia's multilingual; Anne's mom, Carmen Ojales, hails from Pangasinan, and Anne's husband, content creator Erwan Heussaff, is half-French. We've also seen Dahlia and Erwan cooking together in French. Too cute!

    In the comments, Dahlia's tita Jasmine Curtis Smith is seen commenting, "Bakit kami ni Ate di niyo tinuruan mag Ilokano?" She was speaking to Maryann Ontay, the long-time assistant of Anne, who is also Ilocano.


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    3 Benefits Of Being Bilingual

    1. It can lead to increased intelligence.

    Studies have shown that learning at least two languages contributes to brain development, particularly in solving internal conflict. Different language systems work separately in the brain, according to the New York Times, and having them coincide allows the person to reconcile these two in mind.

    2. It can make kids grow up to be more socially adept.

    Focus and attention are some of the biggest benefits that kids can receive from learning multiple languages. Developing perspective, which is a soft skill, is among the intangible but essential observations on children that have bilingual skills.

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    3. Kids can learn from as young as 7 months old!

    According to this article, the way that parents speak to their kids is a language in itself. The emphasis, tone, gestures, and mannerisms impact language development before children even turn 1. 


    This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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