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Old 06-13-2005, 09:16 PM
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True, he does speak Catalan. He usually includes a few phrases in Catalan when he gives speeches in Catalonia. You can see this at the Spanish oyal Household website. I've noticed that some of his speeches given in Portugal include phrases in Portuguese so I am wondering if he can actually speaks that language... perhaps he can.
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I have heard Queen Sofia speak Spanish,it is perfect but she has a slight accent :p I do not know what it is,but it doesn't sound Castilian at all.I probably think that some words shared by the Greek and Spanish languages she pronounces it in the Greek way,which is just fascinating.:)
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What does Letizia speak? and Felipe?
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Old 07-06-2005, 09:14 PM
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The Spanish Royal family speak both English and Spanish. Letizia has been learning English.
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Old 07-06-2005, 09:34 PM
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The Spanish Royal family speak both English and Spanish. Letizia has been learning English.
learning english? wasn't she a news reporter? shouldn't she know how to speak english already?
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Old 07-06-2005, 09:39 PM
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learning english? wasn't she a news reporter? shouldn't she know how to speak english already?
Why would a reporter from Spain need to know English? If she does have a 2nd language it doesn't necessarily have to be English. Do all American reporters know a 2nd language? Don't get me wrong, I think in today's World knowing other languages is definitley an asset.
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Old 07-06-2005, 10:47 PM
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As I get it Letizia´s english was brought on a higher level in the past 1.5 years. She surely had english in school and I guess as news reporter she has needed it every now and then. I might be wrong, but I think, she has also reported about international conflicts and for such things it´s surely an advantage to speak some english (since the international news world is based on english and big stations like CNN). Letizia is a hard working woman, and I can´t imagine, that she has just read the news without knowing about what she reported and how her colleagues have found that out...
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Does anyone know what languages the Scandanavian royals communicate in? I know Margarethe speaks Swedish but what about the rest of the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian royals?
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I read somewhere that when the Scandinavian queens get together, they speak in Swedish. Queen Margrethe knows Swedish (I'm told it's excellent) as does Queen Silvia (obviously) and Queen Sonja learned it because it is supposed to be very similar to Norweigan.
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Queen Beatix speaks Danish. As well as Dutch (duh) and english. Does anyone know what else she speaks?
Queen Beatrix speaks Danish? I've never heard that before. What would be her reason for learning Danish? I know she speaks German, English, and French apart from Dutch, but Danish?
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Old 07-07-2005, 05:23 PM
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Here's an extract of Queen Sofia's closing speech in Singapore in English, German, Greek, French and Spanish.

Finally, I wish to express my warmest regards and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for considering our Bid. We look forward to seeing you in Madrid.

Zuletzt möchte Ich Ihnen noch meine herzlichsten Grüsse übermitteln, und mich bei Ihnen sehr herzlich bedanken. Wir erwarten Sie in Madrid!

TELEIWNONTAS QA HQELA NA SAS DIABIBASW TOUS FILIKOUS MOU CAIRETISMOUS KAI NA SAS EUCARISTHSW EK BAQOUS KARDIAS GIA OLA. SAS PERIMENOUME STH MADRITH.

Finalement, avec mes meilleurs vœux, je vous remercie de votre attention. Nous vous attendons à Madrid.

Quiero, finalmente, transmitiros un saludo muy afectuoso y daros las gracias de todo corazón. Os esperamos en Madrid.

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Here is a video clip of Martha Louise speaking English in 2001. Thanks to Mandy for posting it on the Norwegian royals section of the forum.

http://www.idea2001.no/video/prinsessen.mov
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Why would a reporter from Spain need to know English? If she does have a 2nd language it doesn't necessarily have to be English. Do all American reporters know a 2nd language? Don't get me wrong, I think in today's World knowing other languages is definitley an asset.
Virtually everybody in Europe learns English at school, usually 4-8 years. After all, it's THE world language, and much business correspondence, etc. is in English. Americans are just lucky enough to speak it already, so everybody will understand them easily.
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Old 07-17-2005, 08:12 AM
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The Spanish Royal family speak both English and Spanish. Letizia has been learning English.
about time.
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Old 07-17-2005, 09:03 AM
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The Princess Letizia if she was speaking English (for example, she was in the USA, covering the first anniversary of 11S, for what she had to speak it), but her English level was not that of other members of the Spanish Royal Family, where they all are bilingual (Spanish and English) from children. Because of it, she received classes of an English teacher, who forms the Spanish diplomats.
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Old 07-17-2005, 04:33 PM
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Does Princess Diana spoke any language other than English?
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Old 07-17-2005, 04:36 PM
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I don't understand why people would be so surprised that Letizia doesn't speak english.She lived and worked in Spain,not in America.Very few american reporters can speak another language fluently.Lets not be too ethnocentric in our views here.She was an excellent journalist and obviously her lack of english didn't hurt her career.Everyone talks about the fact that english is "the " language to speak, well the newest language statistics put forth last week indicate that if you want to do business and be successful at it you'd better be fluent in Mandarin by the year 2012.
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Princess Diana had to learn Welsh as she was the Princess of Wales. Although i'm not sure how fluent she was.
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Old 07-18-2005, 02:51 PM
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The thing is that Princess Letizia does speak English, perhaps she was not as fluent as the other members of the Spanish Royal Family, but that's why she's been receiving formal English lessons suitable for a Princess. She needs to learn diplomatic English rather than common English and I guess that she has improved a lot since she married Prince Felipe more than a year ago. In fact, I read that she started to take those lessons before thier marriage.

I don't understand why some of the members of this forum are so astonished as to why she doesn't speak perfect English... I think that it is just a matter of time. If by the time she becomes Queen of Spain her English level hasn't improved then I would agree that there is something wrong with her, but for the time being I think that she's been doing a good job trying to improve her English skills.
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:34 PM
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Soraya of Iran spoke German, French, Persian, Italian and even english. Her linguistics were one of the reasons why the Shah chose to marry her because she could communicate and help him drive Iran's interests towards the west.
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