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Old 10-27-2014, 11:26 PM
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Actually her German is not so bad, considering that she does not really speak it (as she said). She must have practised the pronounciation and did well except for one or two words. You could clearly understand her.
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:38 AM
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The President's speech (in english)
Bundespräsident.at „Velázquez“ eröffnet Hier die Rede des Bundespräsidenten

Bundespräsident.at Spaniens Königin und der Bundespräsident eröffneten Velázquez“-Schau
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Gallery from the website of the President
Teilnahme der Königin von Spanien gemeinsam mit dem Bundespräsidenten und Frau Margit Fischer an der Eröffnung der Ausstellung "Velázquez" im Kunsthistorischen Museum Bundespräsident.at Fotogalerie
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:39 AM
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It was a nice touch to start the speech in German. Letizia doesn't speak German so somebody put a sentence together for her that she practiced. Anyone can speak two sentences of German after practising, even a schoolkid.

I think Letizia's english is ok but nothing more. She speaks it with a heavy accent and reflecting her situation: she probably only learned it in late youth/as a young adult, during the speech she read from a paper what didnt help to make it look fluent. The average Spaniard, what Letizia was in her youth, usually speaks english very bad, if at all (at least from her generation), and it still shows when she speaks. But she gets the message across what is fine. There is no comparison eg to other royals who grew up billingual, eg her own husband or daughters.
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Old 10-28-2014, 05:02 AM
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Thank you for clarifying this. I know awhile ago, there was a "conversation", so to speak, of the Queen only speaking Spanish? I'd always wondered if she spoke any other languages, but I guess she knows English well enough to make speeches? Does anyone know if English is taught in schools in Spain as a 2nd language??
In any case, I'm glad that she is able to go on her own now and make speeches, converse, and understand what other people are saying around her.

She certainly speaks English - I doubt anyone could do a job involving high level representation without doing so. English is taught in schools although not to a high standard. No information was released back when she became engaged to Felipe on her English ability but by then she had already covered big international events such as 9-11 for tve (the Spanish national tv) so her English must have been acceptable to at least get by. However at the engagement period she underwent some professional English tuition with a very respectable professor of English so that she could polish it for her future duties. So yes she does speak English to an acceptable level.

You can check videos of past speeches or conversations in the languages thread - I believe there's a couple of letizia speaking in English.

She also speaks a bit of Catalan and of Spanish sign language due to her involvement with the association. But in general she starts of by a couple of sentences in the language of the place she visits, which are obviously rehearsed.



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It was a nice touch to start the speech in German. Letizia doesn't speak German so somebody put a sentence together for her that she practiced. Anyone can speak two sentences of German after practising, even a schoolkid.

I think Letizia's english is ok but nothing more. She speaks it with a heavy accent and reflecting her situation: she probably only learned it in late youth/as a young adult, during the speech she read from a paper what didnt help to make it look fluent. The average Spaniard, what Letizia was in her youth, usually speaks english very bad, if at all (at least from her generation), and it still shows when she speaks. But she gets the message across what is fine. There is no comparison eg to other royals who grew up billingual, eg her own husband or daughters.
I actually thought she spoke very well, albeit off a script. Her English is accented, but that's fine, she is Spanish.
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It was a nice touch to start the speech in German. Letizia doesn't speak German so somebody put a sentence together for her that she practiced. Anyone can speak two sentences of German after practising, even a schoolkid.

I think Letizia's english is ok but nothing more. She speaks it with a heavy accent and reflecting her situation: she probably only learned it in late youth/as a young adult, during the speech she read from a paper what didnt help to make it look fluent. The average Spaniard, what Letizia was in her youth, usually speaks english very bad, if at all (at least from her generation), and it still shows when she speaks. But she gets the message across what is fine. There is no comparison eg to other royals who grew up billingual, eg her own husband or daughters.
Traditionally schools in Spain used to offer French as the second language (or foreign language), and English was optional. So most children learned French and not English.
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I don't speak German but from what I could hear, she spoke fluently enough for a non-German speaker. It's very nice of her to start in a bit of German. Great job.
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I thought she spoke english very well, as an adult learner she will have a slight accent but all adult learners do, no matter what they think. and her german was fine. Certainly more technically correct than when JFK said in his famous speech he was a Berliner ( which my german grandmother told me actually means donut) he had made the wonderful effort to say something in german and nobody had bothered to make sure what he said was corrrect.
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Did Letizia speak German??? Really? Or did she just say few sentences in german?
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I don't speak German but from what I could hear, she spoke fluently enough for a non-German speaker. It's very nice of her to start in a bit of German. Great job.
A very nice German, with a nice Accent, well done !
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Did Letizia speak German??? Really? Or did she just say few sentences in german?
She did the introduction sentence and the goodbye in german, what can easily be rehearsed.
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She did the introduction sentence and the goodbye in german, what can easily be rehearsed.
I watched the video... She read it a bit stiffly but since she doesn't speak it she managed to do a fine work
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I thought she spoke english very well, as an adult learner she will have a slight accent but all adult learners do, no matter what they think. and her german was fine. Certainly more technically correct than when JFK said in his famous speech he was a Berliner ( which my german grandmother told me actually means donut) he had made the wonderful effort to say something in german and nobody had bothered to make sure what he said was corrrect.
It's a common misconception, but Kennedy was quite correct to say Ich bin ein Berliner. The Berliner is a jelly donut, but a Berliner is also someone from Berlin.

sadly youtube is not working for me today so I can't listen to Letizia speak German yet. I'm sure she did well, though.
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I thought she spoke english very well, as an adult learner she will have a slight accent but all adult learners do, no matter what they think. and her german was fine. Certainly more technically correct than when JFK said in his famous speech he was a Berliner ( which my german grandmother told me actually means donut) he had made the wonderful effort to say something in german and nobody had bothered to make sure what he said was corrrect.
what JFK said was fully correct, a Berliner might mean donut in some regions in Germany but in general a Berliner is a person who lives in Berlin.
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I thought she did very well,Queen Letizia comes across as natural and at ease which is something I really admire about H.M.
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what JFK said was fully correct, a Berliner might mean donut in some regions in Germany but in general a Berliner is a person who lives in Berlin.
Actually it wasn't "fully" correct. No Berliner says: Ich bin ein Berliner, just as nobody from Hamburg says: Ich bin ein Hamburger - unless he wants to make a joke or speaks slang. JFK didn't want to make a joke when he gave that speech, so he should have said: Ich bin Berliner. Then there would have been no room for misinterpretations.
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I watched the video... She read it a bit stiffly but since she doesn't speak it she managed to do a fine work
I admire her efforts, and thinks her German was quite acceptable, and her English is more than acceptable. As most non-native speakers worldwide she has an accent but not distubing in my view. Please don't be too hard, she is at least at the level of the French of Queen Elizabeth etc

Generally speaking her communication skills are quite good in my view; she is a perfect representative of her country.
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I admire her efforts, and thinks her German was quite acceptable, and her English is more than acceptable. As most non-native speakers worldwide she has an accent but not distubing in my view. Please don't be too hard, she is at least at the level of the French of Queen Elizabeth etc

Generally speaking her communication skills are quite good in my view; she is a perfect representative of her country.
I agree with you actually
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