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Will Ryan Serhant's Daughter Zena’s First Word Be in English, Greek… or Russian?

The Million Dollar Listing New York tot will be trilingual before we know it!

By Morgan Ashley Parker
Ryan Zerhant and Zena in Greece

Million Dollar Listing New York's Ryan Serhant is a proud new dad, and says fatherhood "gets better every day." Now, on the heels of an epic summer trip in Greece, Ryan, wife Emilia Bechrakis, and little Zena are back together again in their stunning Brooklyn townhouse.

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Since Zena is already an international traveler before she's even a year old, not only is it unclear what her first word will be, so is the language it will be in.

Most babies say their first word between nine and 14 months, but the actual one is anyone's guess. Will she be like Brooklyn Daly who had a multi-syllable first word, or more like Jenni Pulos' daughter Alianna who uttered a short and surprising one?

It's pretty likely little Z has heard some Greek, if not from her mama, but from other family when they were house hunting in Antiparos, and we've all heard Ryan cooing at his baby girl in English.

The newest possibility is Russian. Ryan's longtime driver Yuriy (who's been with them for more than seven years) recently coached the 6-month-old in Russian on Instagram Stories. From the look on her face, she's definitely taking it all in, so we wouldn't be surprised if she popped out a Russian word in no time.

Yuriy and Zena

No matter what language you're trying to teach a baby, experts recommend these coaching strategies: Teach the little one to copy your facial expressions, and then pick words that use letters formed in the front of the mouth (b, p, m, and w words are a good place to start). Always keep talking to your child, like reading books, describing pictures, or having (one-sided) conversations... no matter what language you're working with.

Now, what exactly did Yuriy say, you may be wondering? A Russian speaker at Bravo HQ helped us with the translation: “Dad will teach you English, Mom will teach you Greek, I will teach you Russian.”

(Anyone know how to say "awwww" in Russian?)

In the meantime, here's another pic of baby Z looking cuter than ever.

Zena Serhant
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