Angelina Jolie Pitt's six children are learning seven languages


Angelina Jolie Pitt has revealed her six children are learning a total of seven languages between them, including Arabic, Russian and sign language.

The 41-year-old actress has three children, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, seven, with husband Brad Pitt, and has adopted Maddox, 14, from Cambodia, Pax, 12, from Vietnam, and Zahara, 11, from Ethiopia.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

She is the final guest-editor of BBC Radio 4´s Woman's Hour Takeover week, and revealed during her interview that none of her children were interested in acting but all had a penchant for languages.

She said: "I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and (Shiloh)'s learning Khmer, which is the Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, (Zahara)'s speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic and Knox is learning sign language."

The Unbroken director's next film is an adaptation of Cambodian author Loung Ung's memoirs, First They Killed My Father, about her survival under Pol Pot's regime.

Angelina and Brad with son Maddox in 2013 (John Shearer/AP/PA)

She revealed it was son Maddox, who was adopted in 2002 at seven-months-old from an orphanage in Battambang, who persuaded her to do the film.

She said: "We'd done this screenplay and put it aside and it was Mad who came up to me and said it was time to do that film and learn about the history of his country, and he wanted to do it and go there and understand it."

She also admitted that she asked friend Loung for her opinion on adopting Maddox.

Angelina said she asked Loung Ung whether it was OK to adopt Maddox (Ron Schwane/AP/PA)

She said: "I'd read her book and ... I said to her, 'I'm thinking of adopting from this country. As an orphan yourself would you be offended or would you be supportive? Would that be all right?'

"She was very supportive and months later she met Mad and has been in his life ever since."

Angelina said her children had asked to meet refugees and that they were considered "heroes" in her house.

Angelina with Maddox, Zahara, Pax and Shiloh in 2010 (Koji Sasahara/AP/PA)

Speaking about her children who came from conflict zones, she said: "I never want them to meet these people and look at them with pity or feel that it's a responsibility."

She admitted she "probably wouldn't have made it this far" if she had been a refugee because her wealth allowed her to afford an ultrasound when she gave birth to daughter Shiloh in Namibia in 2006.

She required a C-section and said other women "might not have survived" the complication.

The UNHCR Special Envoy spoke ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. Listen to her Woman's Hour Takeover on Friday June 17 at 10am on BBC Radio 4.