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Old 12-01-2014, 03:10 PM
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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 ?
Don't know, i didn't hear that afaik... There was a collaboration (or letter of intent to that effect) signed between the dutch "taalunie" (language union) and South Africa, but apparently there's not a lot of collaborating going on at the moment in that area, so maybe that will end in the future.
I don't know if SA was actually asked to actually join the Taalunie at some point..
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Old 12-01-2014, 05:20 PM
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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.
So what language is the queen fluent in? Can Portuguese be considered her mother tongue? I'm a bit surprised since I always thought her German was good but now you make it out to be worse than her swedish.



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Old 12-01-2014, 05:28 PM
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So what language is the queen fluent in? Can Portuguese be considered her mother tongue? I'm a bit surprised since I always thought her German was good but now you make it out to be worse than her swedish.



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I've already seen Queen Silvia speaking Portuguese, and she speaks it fluently - but, naturally, she has a bit of an accent.

I do think it's a shame none of her children knowing how to speak Portuguese.
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Old 12-01-2014, 06:03 PM
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She has said that she did not want to speak to her children in a language which their father did not understand so that is why she did not teach them Portuguese.

The queen Fluently speaks Portuguese, German, English, French, Spanish, and Swedish. She also at one time was fluent in Swedish Sign Language. She moved to Brazil from Germany when she was 3 and then when she was 14. However while in Brazil she attended a German School.
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Old 12-05-2014, 01:54 AM
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Queen Silvia spoke french yesterday in Toulouse at the press meeting, starts from 3.38
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:14 AM
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So what language is the queen fluent in? Can Portuguese be considered her mother tongue? I'm a bit surprised since I always thought her German was good but now you make it out to be worse than her swedish.



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I don't know about her swedish, is it bad? Well, of course she is fluent in german but she speaks it in a way that nobody speaks who uses german on a daily basis. It's not 'up to date', she often interrupts thinking of the correct words to express something, she uses old-fashioned words, does grammar mistakes and the word order is odd, no german would speak this way.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:25 AM
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But if she is german, how can she even not speak well her own language?
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:33 AM
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But if she is german, how can she even not speak well her own language?
because she hasnt spoken it actively in day to day business for decades.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:44 AM
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That sounds interesting as well as odd...
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Old 12-08-2014, 03:35 PM
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That sounds interesting as well as odd...
Not really. I don't know if Queen Silvia is bilingual or if either german or portuguese are her mother tongue. But as it happens with a language you learn as a child the same happens with your mother tongue, when you only speak in your youth and then you only speak sporadically, obvioulsy what you retain of the language is the way you learnt it, and language is always changing. I remember once reading Queen Silvia said in an interview that she talked with her siblings in portuguese. I've heard the Queen speaking portuguese, obviously she has a bit of an accent, but she speaks very fluently, not thinking to much searching for the right words.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:23 PM
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King Carl Gustaf told to Svensk Damtidning at the state visit on France that his french "has gone down", he has difficulties to talk about important issues in french, that's why he uses english. So he speaks some french though.
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Willem-Alexander and Maxima speak spanish in this video (I find WA very sweet, how shy he speaks spanish):
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felipe, speaking in french during his state visit to france.

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I don't know about her swedish, is it bad?
Here is an interview with queen Silvia from 1995:
And here is an interview from 2013:
She still have a heavy accent and her grammar isn't perfect, but she doesn't seem to have problems understanding Swedish, although sometimes she speaks a bit hesitantly, searching for words, especially in the interview from 2013.
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Hello there! I have a quick question, does anyone know is Princess Beatrice speaks any languages? (Other than English, of course) And could anybody give me a full list of all the languages the members of the British Royal Family speak? Thanks.
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They have all lived for some period of time in the states so that has helped. If you watch a video of Madeleine from recent speaking in English and compare it to the video posted above there is a certainly a difference. She is learning to speak without a swedish accent.


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They were all sent to summer wilderness camp in the US Rockies, mostly throughout their high school years. Plus, Victoria did a year at Yale U I think.
They all speak well with a slight charming touch of accent.

I think that Mett Maritt English is excellent
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They were all sent to summer wilderness camp in the US Rockies, mostly throughout their high school years. Plus, Victoria did a year at Yale U I think.
They all speak well with a slight charming touch of accent.

I think that Mett Maritt English is excellent
Swedes nowdays that use their english on a somewhat regular basis have very little accent. And even if we do, it's very much articulation so it makes it easily understandable compared to some other accents :)
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When Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands made a State Visit to King Juan Carlos of Spain in 1985, the table speeches of the Majesties were held in French. It is not that long ago that French language was part of every royal formation.
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Hello there! I have a quick question, does anyone know is Princess Beatrice speaks any languages? (Other than English, of course) And could anybody give me a full list of all the languages the members of the British Royal Family speak? Thanks.
I think Princess Beatrice just speaks English, though it's possible she can speak a small amount of French, German or Spanish too as they are the most common languages taught in English schools.

I remember reading that Queen Elizabeth is fluent in French (her governess was native to France) and she also spoke in Irish Gaelic when she visited Ireland in 2011. Prince Philip can speak some Greek, though he isn't fluent because he obviously left Greece in exile as a baby and didn't need to speak it outside of Greece. He also speaks French.

Prince Charles and Prince William speak Welsh (according to a post on the first page of this thread) and Prince William also speaks Swahili.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex can both speak French. I don't know about the other royals though perhaps someone else can help further.
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The Prince of Wales speaks German. Yes, with a British accent but rather nicely fluent without pauses and hesistations. Two years ago the Prince was in Baden-Württemberg and spoke:

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Zuerst möchte ich mich gerne und sehr herzlich Fürst Philipp, Prinzessin Xenia und Joschka Fischer danken für ihre enormen Anstrengungen bei der Organisation dieses Forums. Ich sage nur sehr ungern, dass es über 50 Jahre her ist, dass ich das letzte Mal hier war und fast 50 Jahre, dass meine Eltern dieses wunderschöne Schloss in 1965 besuchten. Das war zwei Jahre nach einem verheerenden Brand, der das Haus fast vollständig entkernte. Es ist daher eine besondere Freude zu sehen, wie prachtvoll mein verstorbener Vetter Fürst Kraft es wieder aufgebaut hat.


(TRANSLATION: Most esteemed ladies and gentlemen,

First I would just like to say how immensely grateful I am to Fürst Philipp, Princess Xenia and to Joschka Fischer for their herculean efforts in putting this Langenburg Forum together! I hate to say that it has been over fifty years since I was here and almost fifty years since my parents visited this wonderful castle, back in 1965. It was two years after a devastating fire which had almost completely gutted the building. So it is a joy to see it so marvellously restored under my late cousin Fürst Kraft's expert supervision...)
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