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Old 07-16-2010, 11:59 PM
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Few years before dying Grace took up learning Italian as well.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:13 AM
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Sorry, but I find that hard to believe.

One example is placenames: it takes perhaps a week or so before you realise that "Vintimille" (Fr) is the same as Ventimiglia (It). If you live (or travel) in a border region like Monaco/Menton/San Remo etc., you very quickly pick up more and more of the lingo.

About half of the Monaco political apparatus alone have Italian names or blended names.

You simply can't avoid the Italian angle when you live there, no matter how long.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:14 AM
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Revised.
Rainier
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: German, Italian, Spanish?
Spoke in: English with Grace, French with everyone else
Grace
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: Italian, German?
Conversational: Swahili
Spoke in: English
Caroline
Fluent: French, English, German
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: Spanish, Greek?
Can read: Latin (from school)
Speaks in: English with Ernst, French with everyone else.
Albert
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque
Partially fluent: Spanish, German, Italian
Conversational: Portuguese?
Speaks in: Apparently prefers English to French.
Stephanie
Fluent: French, English, Spanish
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: German
Speaks in: French, mainly.
Andrea
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Spanish, Portuguese?
Speaks in: French? English probably with friends and possibly Spanish with Tatiana.
Charlotte
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Spanish? Portuguese?
Speaks in: Italian, French, English (depending on who she's with).
Pierre
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Portuguese?
Conversational: Spanish
Speaks in: A blend of Italian and English.
Alexandra
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: German, Italian
Learning: Monégasque?
Speaks in: French with maman, English with Dad and German with the nanny (apparently)
Louis
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Pauline
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque?
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Camille
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: Monégasque
Speaks in: French (Educated guess)
Ernst
Fluent: German, English
Partially fluent: French, Italian?
Speaks in: English, mainly.
Charlene
Fluent: English, Afrikaans
Partially fluent: French (France 2 interview - basically understands and speaks French, though not well, yet, had to switch to English in the middle of the interview, also not yet capable of making speeches in French)
Speaks in: English
If anyone else has anything to add/revise, let me know.
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Old 07-21-2010, 08:01 PM
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Revised.
Rainier
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: German, Italian, Spanish?
Spoke in: English with Grace, French with everyone else
Grace
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: Italian, German?
Conversational: Swahili
Spoke in: English
Caroline
Fluent: French, English, German
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: Spanish, Greek?
Can read: Latin (from school)
Speaks in: English with Ernst, French with everyone else.
Albert
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque
Partially fluent: Spanish, German, Italian
Conversational: Portuguese?
Speaks in: Apparently prefers English to French.
Stephanie
Fluent: French, English, Spanish
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: German
Speaks in: French, mainly.
Andrea
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Spanish, Portuguese?
Speaks in: French? English probably with friends and possibly Spanish with Tatiana.
Charlotte
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Spanish? Portuguese?
Speaks in: Italian, French, English (depending on who she's with).
Pierre
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Portuguese?
Conversational: Spanish
Speaks in: A blend of Italian and English.
Alexandra
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: German, Italian
Learning: Monégasque?
Speaks in: French with maman, English with Dad and German with the nanny (apparently)
Louis
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Pauline
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque?
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Camille
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: Monégasque
Speaks in: French (Educated guess)
Ernst
Fluent: German, English
Partially fluent: French, Italian?
Speaks in: English, mainly.
Charlene
Fluent: English, Afrikaans
Partially fluent: French (France 2 interview - basically understands and speaks French, though not well, yet, had to switch to English in the middle of the interview, also not yet capable of making speeches in French)
Speaks in: English
If anyone else has anything to add/revise, let me know.
Camille....speaks in French and English as well.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:51 AM
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Watching this videoI have a doubt about the 'Stephanie and speaking Spanish' thing:


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Old 08-03-2010, 06:13 AM
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You had me in stitches there, Sebastian !!

It reminds me of a famous (or infamous) occasion when a former Secretary of State for Wales (a non-speaker of Welsh, alas) had to give a speech in English, followed by the Welsh National Anthem.

Sadly, he only managed three words - the rest was very embarrassing - he looked like a fish coming up for air....

It's still on YouTube...
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:55 AM
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Great! I guess two revisions is enough to repost the gigantic list.
Rainier
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: German, Italian, Spanish?
Spoke in: English with Grace, French with everyone else
Grace
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: Italian, German?
Conversational: Swahili
Spoke in: English
Caroline
Fluent: French, English, German
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: Spanish, Greek?
Can read: Latin (from school)
Speaks in: English with Ernst, French with everyone else.
Albert
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque
Partially fluent: Spanish, German, Italian
Conversational: Portuguese?
Speaks in: Apparently prefers English to French.
Stephanie
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: Spanish, German
Speaks in: French, mainly.
Andrea
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Spanish, Portuguese?
Speaks in: French? English probably with friends and possibly Spanish with Tatiana.
Charlotte
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Spanish? Portuguese?
Speaks in: Italian, French, English (depending on who she's with).
Pierre
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Portuguese?
Conversational: Spanish
Speaks in: A blend of Italian and English.
Alexandra
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: German, Italian
Learning: Monégasque?
Speaks in: French with maman, English with Dad and German with the nanny
Louis
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Pauline
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque?
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Camille
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: Monégasque
Speaks in: English
Ernst
Fluent: German, English
Partially fluent: French, Italian?
Speaks in: English, mainly.
Charlene
Fluent: English, Afrikaans
Partially fluent: French
Speaks in: English
As always, if anyone has anything to add/revise, please let me know.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:11 AM
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I didn't know Charlene speaks afrikaans, that's interesting.
Thanks Thecia for taking the time in making such a gigantic list
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Old 08-03-2010, 04:01 PM
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Afrikaans is the popular language in South Africa
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Old 08-23-2010, 03:25 AM
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Just a quick few revisions after Charlotte's profile in Vogue.
Rainier
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: German, Italian, Spanish?
Spoke in: English with Grace, French with everyone else
Grace
Fluent: English, French
Partially fluent: Italian, German?
Conversational: Swahili
Spoke in: English
Caroline
Fluent: French, English, German
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: Spanish, Greek?
Can read: Latin (from school)
Speaks in: English with Ernst, French with everyone else.
Albert
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque
Partially fluent: Spanish, German, Italian
Conversational: Portuguese?
Speaks in: Apparently prefers English to French.
Stephanie
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: Italian
Conversational: Spanish, German
Speaks in: French, mainly.
Andrea
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Spanish, Portuguese?
Speaks in: French? English probably with friends and possibly Spanish with Tatiana.
Charlotte
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Conversational: German
Speaks in: French, English (stated in 2009 Vogue September issue that she is fluent but "shy in Italian.").
Pierre
Fluent: French, English, Italian
Partially fluent: German, Portuguese?
Conversational: Spanish
Speaks in: A blend of Italian and English.
Alexandra
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: German, Italian
Learning: Monégasque
Speaks in: French with maman, English with Dad and German with the nanny
Louis
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque?
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Pauline
Fluent: French, English, Monégasque?
Partially fluent: Italian
Speaks in: French and English
Camille
Fluent: French, English
Partially fluent: Monégasque
Speaks in: English
Ernst
Fluent: German, English
Partially fluent: French, Italian?
Speaks in: English, mainly.
Charlene
Fluent: English, Afrikaans
Partially fluent: French
Speaks in: English
And as ever, if anyone has anything to add or revise, feel free to let me know.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:55 PM
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I think Char speaks mainly French and maybe English when she's around the Dellals. But she doesn't get to speak a lot of Italian! She says she can read and understand perfectly but never practices. As for the Casiraghi Trio speaking Portuguese, I highly doubt that.
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^Actually, for sometime now, I have suspected that Tatiana is well versed in Portuguese because of her Brazilian mother, and maybe Andrea picked up some of that from her. Also, the Casiraghis have spent a lot of summer holidays at Charlotte's godmother's in Portugual, and then there are the recent trips to Brazil, so..... I don't know. I mean, I'm sure Albina is French all the way, and Tatiana probably speaks French and English above anything, but still, it wouldn't surprise me if they all knew a little Portuguese. I think Andrea is more likely to speak English and/or French with Tatiana, and they might speak some Portuguese in Brazil, and maybe a little Spanish when they go to Ibiza/Formentera. And Charlotte's boyfriend is, like Tatiana, half-Brazilian. Remember that he spent much time there as a kid. No doubt Charlotte and Alex are most comfortable with English, together, but I'm guessing Alex is at least partially fluent in Portuguese.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:35 PM
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Louis says on his facebook page that he speaks french, english, italian and ... japonese (it really surprises me)
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:19 PM
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Japanese? wow, it is surprising.
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ummmm i don't know... maybe it's just a joke
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:30 PM
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Maybe he's not really fluent but knows a bit.
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Mmm...given that case, i should i to mine, French. I'm not fluent but, i do know a little.
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ummmm i don't know... maybe it's just a joke
I think it could've been a joke or he only speaks a little. 'cause he took it off recently.
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Did Princess Grace learn the Swahili language from her classic movie "Mogambo" (1953)?
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:22 PM
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Could very well be possible, I never thought of that. Good thinking!
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