I can speak a little bit of English, I am a Druze child
English is inborn, not learned! O’neal Mahmoud, a three-year-old from an Arabic-speaking Druze family in the Golan Heights, Israel, has amazed doctors with his ability to speak English with a British accent without ever having been exposed to the foreign language.
Named after legendary basketball player Shaquille O’neal, O’neal speaks fluent English and using phrases like “my dear” and “oh my goodness,” which are hardly ever used in his home village of Druze town of Majdal Shams.
The boy’s parents, neither of whom speak English, claim that he has never travelled abroad, and hasn’t been watching any English television. Still, he is somehow able to utter complicated words like “motorcycle,” “rectangle” or “waterfall”, without even knowing their Arabic equivalents.