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Old 08-22-2011, 11:12 AM
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But Silvia is from the south of Germany (that has completely other dialects than the frisian ones) and speaks many south european languages, that are all kind of related to each other. Portuguese, spanish, french all originate from latin.
I don't know if her being from the south of Germany makes it more difficult to learn to speak Swedish. The countess Sonja Bernadotte, who have never lived in Sweden speaks Swedish with less of an accent than the queen, and she was only a couple of years younger than Silva when she married Lennart Bernadotte.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:00 AM
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Well I am from Germany and I am learning to speak Swedish and I think that it is not very difficult, but then I don't think I can compare her to me cuz I speak 5 different languages and I am quite young. I think she speaks Swedish quite goos but that is only my opinion.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:59 PM
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I don't know if her being from the south of Germany makes it more difficult to learn to speak Swedish. The countess Sonja Bernadotte, who have never lived in Sweden speaks Swedish with less of an accent than the queen, and she was only a couple of years younger than Silva when she married Lennart Bernadotte.
Maybe Sonja had just more talent for a language of this language family? Silvia seems to have big talent for the latin language family, but maybe the germanic language family just isn't her's. I think no-one can blame anyone to not know a language that isn't the first language to perfection. From what I read here Silvia is able to speak 95 - 97 % of the swedish language. So why blame her for the few missing percent. Could one just not see this not-perfect-fact in a charming way? After all, she's just human and not wonderwoman just because she's a Queen.
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Silvia seems to have big talent for the latin language family, but maybe the germanic language family just isn't her's. I think no-one can blame anyone to not know a language that isn't the first language to perfection. From what I read here Silvia is able to speak 95 - 97 % of the swedish language. So why blame her for the few missing percent. Could one just not see this not-perfect-fact in a charming way? After all, she's just human and not wonderwoman just because she's a Queen.
It's not her knowledge when it comes to vocabulary that is lacking, but she has almost as much of an accent today as she had when speaking Swedish publicly the first time during her engagement interview in 1976: Presskonferens om kungens förlovning med Silvia - Öppet arkiv | SVT Play
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Old 08-27-2011, 06:35 PM
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Even when Silvia speaks German she has a small foreign accent. I don't know why but I have always noticed it. And I agree, even in German she definitely thinks before she speaks. She herself has stated in an interview with the German tv station ZDF that she and the king didn't raise the children bilingual. They always spoke Swedish with them. Apparently they had later teachers for German cause Silvia also mentioned that Victoria speaks a very good German (although she prefers English over German) and Carl Philip and Madeleine have a "nice" German whatever that means ....
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It's not her knowledge when it comes to vocabulary that is lacking, but she has almost as much of an accent today as she had when speaking Swedish publicly the first time during her engagement interview in 1976: Presskonferens om kungens förlovning med Silvia - Öppet arkiv | SVT Play
OK, that I can understand. This could have been fixed better with the right teachers with enough time (which she certainly had now).
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For her engagement interview she seems a little lost in Swedish.You can see the King talks to her in english.

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For her engagement interview she seems a little lost in Swedish.You can see the King talks to her in english.


this is not a full interview
here is the full interview , BTW she told him and King also that she speak Swedish,but that starting to learn it
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she is so pretty here, she remind me a little bit Mary.
she is very clever with the languages, she knows many this is a gift, she knew them before she married!
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:52 PM
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the roayl website said she speaks 6 languages
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Yes,and also swedish sign language,as I read on her wiki.
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For her engagement interview she seems a little lost in Swedish.You can see the King talks to her in english.

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Queen Silvia speak Portuguese in interview in Brazil


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Old 11-06-2011, 10:18 PM
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It´s good she´s able to speak six different languages (many people don´t even manage to learn proper English or any other language than their native one...)I know a lot of people who are disciplined and knowledgeable with learning and using new languages but they can´t erase their accent.I believe it comes down wheter you have an "ear for music"- to be able to hear & recreate the melody&sound of a language that is very different from your own...some people are born with this gift and pronounce beautifully without much difficulty, while others have to practice a lot and still often don´t get it right,unfortunately...
Nevertheless it´s more important to have something to say than to be able to pronounce it properly & some accents or dialects even sound interesting and sexy combined with another language IMO.
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I had no idea she spoke 6 languages, very savvy lady our Silvia. But I reckon knowing german would have been a great deal of help in learning swedish.
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As Brazilian, I might say that her portuguese is very good. Her gramatic is perfect and I didn't heard any signal of a foreign accent. Portuguese is a very difficult language to learn (until to a native) mainly the gramatic.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:43 PM
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I've heard she's a trained interpreter, and quite gifted with languages. It surprises me to hear people criticizing her Swedish- does this have any merit?
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Hello all! In 2011 during an interview to a Brazilian channel a journalist asked: “Queen Silvia, you have lived in Brazil from three to fourteen years old, so what space Brazil and the Portuguese language still occupy in your life today?” The queen then answered: “When my mother was alive we had a daily relationship [in Portuguese] as I used to call her frequently. With my siblings I naturally speak Portuguese too. Of course, nowadays it’s not every day anymore, but Brazil is in my heart and with the help of Child [the NGO she supports] I come to Brazil every year (…)”. In another interview to the written media she added: “I tend to speak Portuguese when I’m feeling happy!”

In fact, her first memories were in this language as she had relatives and friends while living in São Paulo (she arrived at three and went away as a grown teenager when her family moved back to Germany). So I assume that from 14 on she started using gradually more German. Undoubtedly she is gifted relating languages.

As a Brazilian native speaker myself I would say without any doubt that Portuguese must be her source/reference language, as she has practically no accent even after decades living abroad (she speaks Portuguese like any Br upper-class lady of her age). I still have to point out that she commits very minor grammar mistakes which are practically unnoticeable by most native speakers anyway. The only thing that gives away she’s not in daily contact with the language is when she switches a preposition for another in a saying, for instance, which is understandable given her distance to the daily practice.

So to sum it up, I’d would say she sounds completely native when she speaks Portuguese. Ah, and before I forget, a curious fact about her is that her mother (Alice Soares) had distant Amerindian roots, besides noble Portuguese.
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For her first State Visit to France her weak knowledge of French was surprising.
I am sure now she improved the language.
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Queen Silvia speaks a lot of languages! So I don't mind if her french was bad then...
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