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Old 11-09-2014, 04:00 PM
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i think it's quite brave that she pronounced quite a few sentences in portuguese, as well. i wonder what her pronounciation was like!
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I like seeing and hearing Letizia speak. She has this cool calming voice that is very pleasing. You could really see the confidence in her when she stands at that podium. I noticed the same thing with Maxima as well.


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I don't doubt that she can speak some portuguese, how do you know she speaks French?
She was seen talking to Salma in French while in Morocco. She studied French at high school, so she knew some French.
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She was seen - on video?

I don't doubt that Letizia speaks a few words of french or portuguese but I doubt she is fluent and can hold a conversantion in either of these languages.

I just find it funny that people are so quick with 'she can speak this or that language'. There were even people claiming that Mary could speak malay when she did an introduction in malay in one of her speeches in Kuala Lumpur. There is more to speaking a language than reading a phonetic text to be able to say 'how are you' etc.
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:09 AM
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Well, Spanish and Portuguese are similar in a way... So I think she can speak it... Even if no that fleunty...
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:35 AM
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I wouldn't say Letizia can speak portuguese. From this short speech I noticed: She never took her eyes of the paper.The first part of it, she doesn't seem at ease with language at all, her accents seems really forced, and by the end, when she seems more confortable and takes her eyes out of the paper, she immediately does an error by switching to spanish. She notices it and returns back to read. To me, it indicates that someone helped her writing this little part and told her how to pronounce it and then she repeated over and over again until she memorised it. It's a nice effort but it's not speaking a language.

Learning portuguese is not that easy for a spanish speaker. This idea that because the languages are similar you can learn the other easily is not that straight foward. It makes it easy to understand each other, either when listening or reading in the other language, but speaking is another matter. Speaking is more difficult precisely because the two languages are so similar you have a tendency to switch to your mother tongue without even noticing it and mixing words of both languages. Letizia did that in the speach.

Anyway, it was a nice try.
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Anyway, it was a nice try.[/QUOTE]

Exactly. What matters is that she tried and not whether she speaks Potuguese or not.
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Bravo for Queen Letizia speaking Portuguese,its the effort that counts as with her recent trip to Vienna where she spoke German,I was very impressed.
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She was seen - on video?

I don't doubt that Letizia speaks a few words of french or portuguese but I doubt she is fluent and can hold a conversantion in either of these languages.

I just find it funny that people are so quick with 'she can speak this or that language'. There were even people claiming that Mary could speak malay when she did an introduction in malay in one of her speeches in Kuala Lumpur. There is more to speaking a language than reading a phonetic text to be able to say 'how are you' etc.
The journalists from both countries covering events said Salma and Letizia talked to each other in English and French. I doubt they were debating about serious subjects, thus saying some French on family, kids and charities is not that hard.
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