By age 7, Mabou Loiseau, who is from a Haitian family, spoke eight different languages – English, French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, Japanese and Russian. By then she had also learned to play the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano.
Her mother, Esther Loiseau, says Mabou has 13 to 15 teachers. When Mabou was only a year and a half, Loiseau hired teachers to speak several different languages to her. Loiseau says Mabou studies six days a week and has Sundays off. But she says her daughter still likes to work on Sunday.
“I read somewhere that before the age of 5, a kid can learn up to 10 languages with no problem. So I said let me start right away,” Loiseau said.