Barron Trump has been the first son for over three years now, and as a 13-year-old child, most outlets don’t report much about him, which is fair.
While not intruding into the young man’s life, people are obviously curious about the boy and his life.
While some aspects of the youngest Trump, like his proclivity for computers, are well-known, others interested in his non-American background might wonder if Barron Trump speaks Slovenian. As it turns out, the littlest Trump is bilingual.
It’s fairly well-known that Barron does in fact speak Slovenian, his mother’s first language, and is fluent in the Eastern European language alongside his native English. He apparently learned the language young — in a 2009 interview with PEOPLE, Melania Trump bragged that Barron, who was three at the time, was already speaking Slovenian, and that the toddler also spoke French and English.
There’s little surprise that Barron would speak multiple languages: his mother is a Slovenian immigrant and many immigrant parents teach their children their native tongues.
Interest in Barron stirred quite a few times since his father won the presidency — first, when Rosie O’Donnell suggested that Barron might be autistic , and again when a reportedly questionable photo of Barron and Melania surfaced on Twitter.
The initial stories were fairly innocent, but the way people dog-piled onto the stories on social media made them fairly abusive to Barron and his mother. Both instances were, of course, through no fault of Barron himself or even the Trump family, but rather the way people treat those who are thrust into the limelight.
A recently uncover video of the Trumps from 2010 show young Barron, and he speaks English with a very strong Slovenian accent.
Children who are born in the U.S. usually don’t have foreign accents, even if their parents do. Children speak like their peers and school mates.
People who have foreign accents are people who grew up speaking another language and learned English after they moved to the States. And even they can eventually speak like a native American, if they come here early enough.
Barron’s mother has not tried very hard to speak English well and still has her very heavy Slovenian accent, and at least as of 7/8 years ago, Barron had the same accent.
This must mean that Donald Trump didn’t spend much time with Barron as he was growing up. Barron still having a Slovenian accent while living in America means that he was raised almost exclusively by Melania and Melania’s parents.
Now that Barron is in a school with American children his own age, perhaps he has lost some of the Slovenian accent.
A book by Slovenian journalist Bojan Pozar, “Melania Trump – The Inside Story: The Potential First Lady,” says:
Barron almost certainly speaks Slovenian with Melania’s sister Ines, his aunt, who also lives in New York. Ines Knavs was the one who took care of all the paperwork at the Slovenia consulate in New York so that Barron could formally acquire Slovenian citizenship.