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The One Skill Barron Trump Definitely Took From His Mother Melania

Nicki Swift logo: MainLogoNicki Swift 8/7/2022 Alex Anagnoson
Barron Trump standing by his father © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Barron Trump standing by his father

Of former president Donald Trump's five children, only one seems to have more or less avoided public and media scrutiny throughout the family's time in the spotlight, his youngest son -- and only child with current wife Melania Trump -- Barron Trump. Donald's youngest child, who was born in 2006, was only 10 when his father's presidency began, and 14 when it ended. He turned 16 in March 2022. It is no surprise then, that Barron avoided the headlines, perhaps in part due to his mother Melania's protective influence, and is known for not being much of a talker. 

For Melania's part, she certainly has no trouble speaking her native Slovenian, and has even showed some proficiency in some other European languages. So was she able to pass on that skill to her only child? Well, some onlookers may be surprised that the quiet son of the former president may indeed possess some secret skills behind closed doors. 

Barron Trump Is Fluent In Slovenian

Melania and Barron Trump © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Melania and Barron Trump

Although Barron Trump is known for having a few impressive skills, including drumming and golfing, the teenaged son of the former president is not known for being much of a talker, choosing instead to stay out of the spotlight while the rest of his family hog it. But does he speak Slovenian, his mother's native tongue? Well, the short answer is yes. 

In 2009, Barron's mother Melania Trump told People that the young Barron spoke three languages: English, French, and her native Slovenian. This makes sense, as scientific studies have confirmed that children who grow up speaking more than one language are easily able to become fluent in them, given that they have not yet passed the "critical period" in which language acquisition is most facile. 

However, whether he speaks French has not been confirmed, as he has never done so in public, and Melania's own proficiency in French has been called into question. In 2020, Mary Jordan, author of an unauthorized biography of the first lady, "The Art of Her Deal," revealed that there was little evidence to suggest that Melania spoke any other language besides English and Slovenian. She does, however, know a few phatic phrases and words in French and Italian, such as "Bonjour" and "Ciao." 

A 4-Year-Old Barron Trump Once Demonstrated His Slovenian Accent

Barron Trump with parents © Debby Wong/Shutterstock Barron Trump with parents

Donald Trump is not known for taking an active involvement in his children's upbringings, with his first wife Ivana Trump even saying that she raised their three children "single-handedly." As a result, it may be unsurprising to learn that -- at least at 4 years old -- Barron Trump had spent so much time with his mother Melania Trump that he had even developed a Slovenian accent. 

This was quite apparent in a 2010 clip produced for "Larry King Live," in which the then-4-year-old Barron spoke about his daily routine, looking like his father in a button-down shirt and jacket, but sounding like his mother. "I like my suitcase," he said excitedly. "I have to go to school now." In the interview with King, Melania added that he spent "most of the time with me." 

Barron is not the only son of Donald to be multilingual. Ivana Trump, also an immigrant from eastern Europe, taught her eldest child, Donald Jr., her native language of Czech. He now speaks it fluently. She attempted to teach it to her daughter, Ivanka Trump, as well, though it did not seem to stick with her.

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