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Old 07-08-2014, 06:47 PM
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They all definitely still have a Swedish accent, however they clearly have learned English from a North American. I'd be curious to hear how Madeleine's English has improved and changed in the past few years, especially since she got married.
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:36 PM
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Queen Margrethe II: , , French, German, Swedish
Prince Henrik: , , ,Vietnamese, Chinese
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Prince Joachim: , French, , German
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:50 PM
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Queen Margrethe II: , , French, German, Swedish

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Thanks for sharing the videos, Sarahbellar. IIRC, Margrethe can also speak Faroese, but it's not as advanced as her English, French, German or Swedish. I'm impressed at how well the Danish Royals can speak English - if one didn't know who they were, I can imagine that one would have guessed that they were English in the first place. When I went to Stockholm last Easter, I also thought that the people there spoke excellent English, as well as in Amsterdam.

I haven't heard Princesses Mary and Marie speak English before, so that was a nice find for me.
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:27 PM
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where is the video in whic Margrethe speaks French? I tried the one indicated but I only heard her speak english!
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where is the video in whic Margrethe speaks French? I tried the one indicated but I only heard her speak english!
I don't have a video that I could find. She does speak it though.
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wow Her french is very good
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:41 PM
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CP's Victoria speaks german in this video (1:40), I think she is fluent and good in german:
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Old 11-16-2014, 12:05 PM
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Victoria has herself told in many interviews, that her german isn't very good. In January, when she and Daniel visited Germany, the swedish press told that she spoke german with the children and english with the adults.
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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands speaks Dutch, English, French and German.
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What languages king Felipe speaks?
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:23 PM
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Victoria has herself told in many interviews, that her german isn't very good. In January, when she and Daniel visited Germany, the swedish press told that she spoke german with the children and english with the adults.
She is half German, so you would expect her to have a good grasp on the language.
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Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands speaks Dutch, English, French and German.
When she was queen, Beatrix often spoke English in overseas state visits. She always spoke German though while in Germany and, I don't know why, in her state visit to Spain, she spoke in French.

One episode that also caught my attention was the state banquet held for the queen during her visit to South Africa in 1996, i.e shortly after the end of the apartheid regime. Queen Beatrix began her speech in English, but, at some point, she switched to Dutch, which was quite unusual, but was probably a deference to the white Afrikaners in attendance. You can hear the queen's words in Dutch in the video below starting around 3:30. It would be nice if the Dutch members of the forums could possibly translate it for us.

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What languages king Felipe speaks?
Aside from his native Spanish, King Felipe speaks Catalan, French, English and a little Greek (according to Wikipedia). I read that in Spain, it's recommended that everyone speaks Catalan, or at least the majority of the population, as it's the official language of Catalonia. Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca also speak Catalan IIRC (but Menorca has their own language, I think), however Formentera also has a native dialect. There are also the Basque and Aragonese languages in Spain, but I'm unaware if any members of the SRF can speak them. Basque is very different to the other Spanish languages, whereas Aragonese is a little more similar. Inaki Urdangarin comes from the Basque County, so perhaps he can speak the language, but I don't know.
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When she was queen, Beatrix often spoke English in overseas state visits. She always spoke German though while in Germany and, I don't know why, in her state visit to Spain, she spoke in French.

One episode that also caught my attention was the state banquet held for the queen during her visit to South Africa in 1996, i.e shortly after the end of the apartheid regime. Queen Beatrix began her speech in English, but, at some point, she switched to Dutch, which was quite unusual, but was probably a deference to the white Afrikaners in attendance. You can hear the queen's words in Dutch in the video below starting around 3:30. It would be nice if the Dutch members of the forums could possibly translate it for us.

Immediate intro by the voiceover:
At the banquet a lot of guests had one question: will the queen speak, aside from in english, in dutch as well.
White afrikans had insisted she'd do.
The (dutch) minister of foreign affairs has considered the matter.
And the Queen indeed speaks a few lines in dutch...

Queen Beatrix:
Mr. President, thanks to our mutual history a special bond has grown between our countries.
A recognizable and important element of that is our language.
Even though in South Africa it has developed in it's own direction, for us Netherlands it's a special experience to, in such a faraway country, be able to understand one of it's languages without too much effort.
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Aside from his native Spanish, King Felipe speaks Catalan, French, English and a little Greek (according to Wikipedia). I read that in Spain, it's recommended that everyone speaks Catalan, or at least the majority of the population, as it's the official language of Catalonia. Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca also speak Catalan IIRC (but Menorca has their own language, I think), however Formentera also has a native dialect. There are also the Basque and Aragonese languages in Spain, but I'm unaware if any members of the SRF can speak them. Basque is very different to the other Spanish languages, whereas Aragonese is a little more similar. Inaki Urdangarin comes from the Basque County, so perhaps he can speak the language, but I don't know.
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Aside from his native Spanish, King Felipe speaks Catalan, French, English and a little Greek (according to Wikipedia). I read that in Spain, it's recommended that everyone speaks Catalan, or at least the majority of the population, as it's the official language of Catalonia. Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca also speak Catalan IIRC (but Menorca has their own language, I think), however Formentera also has a native dialect. There are also the Basque and Aragonese languages in Spain, but I'm unaware if any members of the SRF can speak them. Basque is very different to the other Spanish languages, whereas Aragonese is a little more similar. Inaki Urdangarin comes from the Basque County, so perhaps he can speak the language, but I don't know.
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I read that in Spain, it's recommended that everyone speaks Catalan, or at least the majority of the population, as it's the official language of Catalonia. Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca also speak Catalan IIRC (but Menorca has their own language, I think), however Formentera also has a native dialect
not all the spanish speak catalan. most catalans will speak both spanish and catalan, and some only spanish or catalan (although with difficulty, they will all speak spanish obviously), but in the rest of spain people speak spanish only as a general rule. catalan, or other languages of the 3 autonomies which have a different language to spanish, is not taught in spain in schools apart from in the schools of those communities it comes from. so they are hardly, if at all, spoken outside those communities, apart from those families who immigrated elsewhere, obviously.

ibiza, mallorca and menorca all speak some form of catalan. valencia also speaks a form of catalan, which they call valencian, although i believe it can best be described as a dialect of catalan (just like saying that spanish from argentina is another language to spanish - which is isn't, it is just a dialect of spanish). formentera, on the other hand, is part of the canary islands, and they speak spanish. i believe you were possibly meaning valencia when speaking about formentera having their own language.

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There are also the Basque and Aragonese languages in Spain, but I'm unaware if any members of the SRF can speak them. Basque is very different to the other Spanish languages, whereas Aragonese is a little more similar. Inaki Urdangarin comes from the Basque County, so perhaps he can speak the language, but I don't know
the other two languages are basque and galician (from the community of galicia). aragonese people (from aragon) speak spanish, so do not have a separate language. galician resembles a bit a mix between portuguese and spanish. on the other hand, basque is a very different language, with roots which cannot be linked to any other currently spoken languages. so, i believe felipe wouldn't find it hard to speak galician, and can currently speak some good sentences, as it's close to spanish. i believe he can speak catalan to a good standard, but heard him little. letizia herself starts her speeches when in catalonia speaking a bit of catalan.
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Aside from his native Spanish, King Felipe speaks Catalan, French, English and a little Greek (according to Wikipedia). I read that in Spain, it's recommended that everyone speaks Catalan, or at least the majority of the population, as it's the official language of Catalonia. Ibiza, Formentera and Mallorca also speak Catalan IIRC (but Menorca has their own language, I think), however Formentera also has a native dialect. There are also the Basque and Aragonese languages in Spain, but I'm unaware if any members of the SRF can speak them. Basque is very different to the other Spanish languages, whereas Aragonese is a little more similar. Inaki Urdangarin comes from the Basque County, so perhaps he can speak the language, but I don't know.
Basque does not belong to the Indo-European family, so, like Finnish, it is very hard to learn. I doubt many Spaniards can speak it, apart from the Basques themselves.

Catalan on the other hand is very similar to Occitan/Provenįal, which used to be spoken in southern France. Its grammar and vocabulary resemble French and Italian, but the pronunciation is closer to that of the other Iberian Romance languages. Again, not many Spaniards speak it outside Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands properly. Although not trivial, it should be easy for a Spanish speaker to learn Catalan though.

Finally, you forgot to mention Galician, which is spoken in Northwestern Spain. In the Middle Ages, Galician and Portuguese used to be the same language (called Galician-Portuguese). The two languages started to diverge around the 14th or 15th centuries. Modern Galician is still closer to Portuguese than to Spanish, but the pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary have very strong Spanish influence. Many Portuguese speakers, when listening to modern Galician, actually have the impression they are listening to a Spaniard trying to speak "Portuņol" (a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese). Of course, Spanish and Portuguese are already quite similar themselves and mutually intelligible (like Swedish and Danish probably).

I believe King Felipe also speaks Portuguese. His father was quite fluent in it.
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She is half German, so you would expect her to have a good grasp on the language.
Silvia didnt raise her children biligual, Victoria's german is not good, at least spoken. She might understand a lot though.

Even when Silvia speaks german, after all these years, it sounds really strange, you'll find her searching for words or using words that germans wouldnt use.
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Immediate intro by the voiceover:
At the banquet a lot of guests had one question: will the queen speak, aside from in english, in dutch as well.
White afrikans had insisted she'd do.
The (dutch) minister of foreign affairs has considered the matter.
And the Queen indeed speaks a few lines in dutch...

Queen Beatrix:
Mr. President, thanks to our mutual history a special bond has grown between our countries.
A recognizable and important element of that is our language.
Even though in South Africa it has developed in it's own direction, for us Netherlands it's a special experience to, in such a faraway country, be able to understand one of it's languages without too much effort.
(audience aplauds)
Thank you, Lee Z !

I find it politically significant that the queen referred to Dutch and Afrikaans as "our language", implying they are different variations of the same language which evolved in different directions respectively in the Netherlands and South Africa.

I actually heard once that South Africa was invited to formally join the Dutch Language Union, but the ANC government, which seems to be very hostile to the Afrikaans language, blocked it. Is that true ?
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