April 23, 2010 08:00 AM

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At only 2½ years of age, Valentina Paloma Pinault is already tri-lingual, proud mama Salma Hayek shares.

“She speaks three languages,” the actress said at the A Bid to Save the Earth Green Auction, held Wednesday at Christie’s.

Hayek’s husband François-Henri Pinault added, “She’s [speaking] fluently — English, Spanish and French. She can have a conversation,” the PPR CEO told PEOPLE Moms & Babies.

The couple’s toddler isn’t the only one benefiting from a love of language — Hayek is as well. “It’s amazing how fast it comes,” Pinault notes. “She’s teaching French to her mother.”

Although Valentina has yet to begin writing down the words she’s learned, she certainly has a way with crayons!

“She draws faces now,” Hayek, 43, explains. “The eyes, nose and the mouth … she tries different ones.”

With her little girl keeping her on her toes, the actress admits she savors the quieter moments with her daughter.

“I love it when she wakes up, even if it’s from a nap,” notes Hayek. “She’s still confused and a still little bit sleepy before she goes full on with the energy!”

— Mary Park

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