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Thats nice, it's good to be culturally diverse.
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Does the Duchess of Cornwall speak any other languages?
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Old 11-05-2009, 12:34 AM
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The story is that she wore Chanel upon arriving the first time in France because she didn't speak French and wanted to distract people from that. It must have worked, because her not knowing French wasn't an issue--at least that I'm aware of.

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Does anybody know which languages Diana spoke?
Did she speak french too? And maybe german?
I think she spoke french . . .
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:35 AM
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Popularly it is claimed that the last native speaker of Cornish was Dolly Pentreath , who died in 1777. Notwithstanding her reported last words, "Me ne vidn kewsel Sowsnek!" ("I will not speak English!"), she spoke at least some English as well as fluent Cornish and may well have been one of the last to do so before the revival of the language in the 20th century. I don't think that the Queen speaks French in her public speeches.
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:02 PM
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She speaks French in speeches when she's in Canada. It would be undiplomatic if she didn't.
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Which languages do The Duchess of Cambridge speak?
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Old 05-14-2012, 06:27 PM
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She'll probably have at least some French as schoolchildren have to study it until they're at least 16 in the UK. She'll likely have studied one of the other 'modern languages', which in the UK means Spanish or German, for at least a few years.

Having attended an independent school, she's also likely to have studied at least some Latin. I went to a girls grammar school, and Latin was compulsory for the first 2 years of high school, although you could study it longer.

Kate also spent parts of her gap year in Chile and Italy, so she might have some Spanish and Italian through that. She'll probably try to learn some Welsh as a future Princess of Wales. I think she sang the national anthem in Welsh in Anglesey for her first public engagement.
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Yes, she did. That one act showed me that she was serious about her role as probably-one-day being The Princess of Wales.

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Old 05-14-2012, 10:41 PM
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I think the Queen understands some Greek too and most likely picked it up from Prince Philip. Some friends told me of an (apocryphal) incident in Canada where a group of high school girls was presented to Her Majesty and they were to curtsy as the Queen passed. One girl, of Greek descent, flubbed her curtsy and muttered a Greek expression for "f*** it" under her breath. The Queen reportedly smiled at her and said, "Oh, you must be Greek."
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QEII speaks fluent French--there is another thread somewhere on here about royals and languages (not specifically the British royals) and there were links to her giving a speech in French, very fluent though with a bit of an accent.

I know that in the 1970's French people preferred British English--in the family I lived with, the hostess asked me politely not to speak English to the children so that they would not get contaminated with my American accent. I was quite surprised, as it was the first time in my life I had had someone refer to my accent as being undesirable. I am always told that I enunciate very clearly and pronounce and differentiate between my consonants--but I suppose she wanted her children to have RP. They were very far from that--their English was horrible and not understandable at all--and I assume it remained so. I think nowadays French people who speak English well as just as likely to speak a standard American as a standard British, though--at least the ones that I meet.
It's interesting how people get snobbish about accents in languages they don't know--often not knowing the cultural context--but I don't want to threadjack.
I think how much the French admire the British monarchy depends on their social class. the families that we lived with in France in the 1970's tended to be extremely royalist and Catholic and I thought all French people were like that when I lived there but French people I have met since then all say that actually such people are rather unusual in France nowadays. I don't know what the truth is--I only know what the (small selection) of people that I know say adn I don't feel I can depend on that.
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I thought it interesting that when Charles & Camilla were in Northern Ireland recently he told someone he was learning Arabic.

No offence to anyone here but I'm sure there are easier languages to learn (ie that have a similar foundation to English) and it's not as if he would need to learn it for religious reasons. To me it shows he is someone genuinely interested in the language and culture that he would take the time to learn a new and very different language at 60+.

I was watching the Diamond Queen on Sunday night and the British Foreign Secretary was making the point about the importance of the middle east and its growth during the Queen's reign. I wonder if the Prince's interest in the language is in any way connected to this and the fact he will one day be King.
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I know that in the 1970's French people preferred British English
You mean proper English? Just joking, before anyone gets upset!

In all honesty, I think more and more people who speak English as a second language do so with an American twang, because American films and TV are so ubiquitous now.

Oddly, I think Norwegians and Danes generally speak it with an English accent. Some Scandinavians speak English so well that you could almost forget that they're not British.
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i think they mostly study to speak french Spanish German
and basically all European languages i wonder if the speak any Asian languages
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I thought it interesting that when Charles & Camilla were in Northern Ireland recently he told someone he was learning Arabic.

No offence to anyone here but I'm sure there are easier languages to learn (ie that have a similar foundation to English) and it's not as if he would need to learn it for religious reasons. To me it shows he is someone genuinely interested in the language and culture that he would take the time to learn a new and very different language at 60+.

I was watching the Diamond Queen on Sunday night and the British Foreign Secretary was making the point about the importance of the middle east and its growth during the Queen's reign. I wonder if the Prince's interest in the language is in any way connected to this and the fact he will one day be King.
I think it's more the fact that Charles has an interest in Islam and the culture of the Middle East.
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Does the Duchess of Cornwall speak any other languages?
She speaks a bit of French at 1:34 in this video, but I'm not sure if you actually can communicate in the language or was just reading it off a page

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