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Old 02-08-2007, 08:18 AM
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Prince Christian is getting grown.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:24 AM
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christian is adorable, especially in his little ski outfit. thanks for shring the pictures, christian also waving is cute.
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Old 02-08-2007, 08:30 AM
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Her jacket is lovely that light blue looks really good on her. They now must be returning home, don't they?
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Old 02-08-2007, 10:30 AM
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but mary dosn't look pregnancy less than she was pregnant with christian.[/quote]
I also can not understand how she does it! She does not even look like she is going to have a baby in just a few months. I wish I could have looked that great with my three.
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According to this press release from the Municipality of ┼rhus (in Danish), HRH The Crown Princess will pay a visit to Gellerup, an ┼rhus equivalent to Odense’s Vollsmose, which Her Royal Highness visited in August 29, 2006, on March 6, 2007, at 11.00. Her Royal Highness will be able to get to know some of the neighbourhood’s residents and workers by the means of visiting local institutions, businesses and projects. In the press release, The Mayor of ┼rhus, Mr. Nicolai Wammen, issues the following statement (my translation): “Gellerup is a very exiting residential area, where many positive things are happening, things that deserve attention and encouragement. Therefore, it is an immense joy that The Crown Princess has wished to closely experience everyday life in the area. Her visit is a lovely pat on the back for the positive efforts made in the area”.

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Old 02-12-2007, 05:10 PM
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I recently found this clip of Princess Mary talking about proper childhood nutrition - she really has a lovely voice and is so confident speaking in front of a camera.

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Old 02-13-2007, 03:04 AM
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I recently found this clip of Princess Mary talking about proper childhood nutrition - she really has a lovely voice and is so confident speaking in front of a camera.



Thank you for posting that, it was very interesting to watch. I've noticed that when she speaks English, her voice is taking on enough of a lilt, that she sounds like a native Danish speaker speaking English, as opposed to a native English speaker speaking English.
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:14 AM
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Thank you for posting that, it was very interesting to watch. I've noticed that when she speaks English, her voice is taking on enough of a lilt, that she sounds like a native Danish speaker speaking English, as opposed to a native English speaker speaking English.
I've heard that too! Quite facinating, from a linguistic point of view! One should think that the mother tongue was so stuck that no other language would interfere. But I think it might have something to do with Danish being a glottal language with "soft" consonants, which seem to make the combination of Danish and English hard.

Though, the Queen speaks very good BBC English, so it is possible to combine the two languages. CP Frederiks English is also flavoured by the Danish language, while his brother speaks English with little/no Danish flavour. I guess that is due to the years with Alex. My reference to say this is the Danish tv-series En Kongelig Familie - which just re-ran on NRK - where they speak about Christian 9. and his decendants, and also my qualifications as an English teacher.

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I've heard that too! Quite facinating, from a linguistic point of view! One should think that the mother tongue was so stuck that no other language would interfere. But I think it might have something to do with Danish being a glottal language with "soft" consonants, which seem to make the combination of Danish and English hard.

Though, the Queen speaks very good BBC English, so it is possible to combine the two languages. CP Frederiks English is also flavoured by the Danish language, while his brother speaks English with little/no Danish flavour. I guess that is due to the years with Alex. My reference to say this is the Danish tv-series En Kongelig Familie - which just re-ran on NRK - where they speak about Christian 9. and his decendants, and also my qualifications as an English teacher.

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I think the lilt is the remnants of her Scottish accent; nothing to do Danish. Will Scottish members of this forum please confirm if I┤m right or wrong?
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I think the lilt is the remnants of her Scottish accent; nothing to do Danish. Will Scottish members of this forum please confirm if I┤m right or wrong?
I cant hear any remnants of a Scottish accent, I think she spoke like a normal Australian. I cant seem to find any Scottish lilt, maybe im not looking hard enough
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Old 02-13-2007, 05:14 PM
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As far as mary's english...Iam a native english speaker as well as a native danish speaker and imo, mary is starting to speak english with a danish accent. Its very recognizable.
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:46 AM
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Crown Princess Mary Current Events Part 11

i was wondering if there was a tv interview that mary and fred did on her birthday, i only saw the written interview. dose anyoe have it?

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Old 02-15-2007, 02:12 PM
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she looks great with that new hair -- she looks so much younger~
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Old 02-15-2007, 04:51 PM
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As far as mary's english...Iam a native english speaker as well as a native danish speaker and imo, mary is starting to speak english with a danish accent. Its very recognizable.
how can that be possible? my first language is spanish and i have been living in an english speaking country for more than 5 years... but my spanish accent didn't change at all and i doubt it does for the 99% of the people. when you are native in a language, there's very little possibility (to not say impossible) of your native accent degrading to that one of a foreign unless you leave your contry when you are really young. it's vitually impossible in my opinion.
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how can that be possible? my first language is spanish and i have been living in an english speaking country for more than 5 years... but my spanish accent didn't change at all and i doubt it does for the 99% of the people. when you are native in a language, there's very little possibility (to not say impossible) of your native accent degrading to that one of a foreign unless you live your contry when you are really young. it's vitually impossible in my opinion.
No, if people around her speak "danish" english all the time... It might change quickly back into "Australian" English when she is back in Australia...
Everytime I was in Vienna visting my Vienna cousins, after a while me and my sister started speaking with a little Vienna accent and my Vienna cousins with a little german accent... that changed quickly back when we were back in Germany.
I don't know about Mary's English... to me it sounds normal. Also to me her Danish sound pretty good, but I am not that good in Danish... Do you think she still has an English accent?
Oh, and I really like her coat.
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I listened to Mary's speech and I think she speaks with an Australian accent but quite a refined one.I am native english speaker and have noticed that in Australia there are many degrees of accent from the very pronounced to the type Mary has.The same could be said of North American english, from the American deep south to the small villages of Newfoundland both are English but they sound different.I have a feeling she is just trying to enunciate well so that everyone understands her easily.
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Marlene, as an Australian you are right about the *Australian accent* thing...there are different degrees...the further North you go (Queensland, NT) it is broader, more ocker you could say...but further South is more refined and articulate...and Tasmania - where Mary grew up - is seen to be the exception...as my father used to say, "Tasmanians are more English than the English"...so combine that "Englishness" of the Tasmanian accent, with Mary's Scottish parents, growing up in Australia surrounded by different Australian accents, then marrying a French*/Dane...no wonder Mary's accent sounds a bit mixed up??!!!

*When everyone says Prince Henrik's Danish is awful and his accent is still so French (I have never heard Henrik speak, just hearsay) I think this might be the reason that Frederik's Danish gets criticised, because that is what he grew up with, his French father "trying" to speak Danish...and that is what Mary now has to contend with, learning Danish from a guy (Frederik) who in turn learnt it from someone with whom it was a second (or third or fourth) language...so Henrik has a lot to answer for
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Mary never had a Scottish accent. She was born and raised in Australia.
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Of course Mary has never had a Scottish accent, Tinika...but she was, and we all are influenced by the way our parents speak...

I am sure behind closed doors in the Donaldson household, circa 1980, young Mary probably said a few words and phrases with a definite Scottish flavour...but at school or with her friends (with Australian-born parents) she may have over compensate for this and spoke a bit more broadly Aussie, to fit in or to not be seen as TOO different...Now she is trying to once again "fit in" and adjusting her accent accordingly...
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how can that be possible? my first language is spanish and i have been living in an english speaking country for more than 5 years... but my spanish accent didn't change at all and i doubt it does for the 99% of the people. when you are native in a language, there's very little possibility (to not say impossible) of your native accent degrading to that one of a foreign unless you leave your contry when you are really young. it's vitually impossible in my opinion.
Sorry, but it can happen - I┤m a native English speaker and I speak English with a "European" accent now, having lived abroad for 5 years. The problem for Mary may arise more from her speaking English with foreigners as she will adapt her way of speaking to make it easier for them to understand and may also pick up their way of speaking.
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