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Queen Máxima's accent seems to have gotten worse over the last years. Of course, she had s strong accent when she was learning Dutch (and our double vowels must have been a nightmare to learn), later she seemed to be doing better but in recent years she might have become lazier as both her accent and grammatical mistakes are quite obvious.
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Queen Máxima's accent seems to have gotten worse over the last years. Of course, she had s strong accent when she was learning Dutch (and our double vowels must have been a nightmare to learn), later she seemed to be doing better but in recent years she might have become lazier as both her accent and grammatical mistakes are quite obvious.
Who speaks her adoptive language better ? Máxima Zorreguieta or Mary Donaldson ? The native speakers on TRF tell us that both royal ladies, in addition to having a foreign accent (which is to be expected), also make grammatical mistakes in spontaneous speech.



Comparing Danish, English and Dutch :


1) Danish is harder than Dutch in terms of noun morphology and noun agreement (but not quite as hard as Swedish, I think). Both languages are harder than English though in that category.


2) Dutch is harder than Danish (and English) in terms of verb morphology and word order.



3) Danish is harder than Dutch as far as pronunciation is concerned. Dutch spelling is also easier (more phonemic) than Danish spelling. English spelling on the other hand is notoriously difficult (perhaps the toughest category in the English language).



4) Dutch is closer to English in vocabulary than Danish. Partial intelligibility of Dutch, but not of Danish, should be possible for someone who speaks both English and German, but not for someone who speaks English alone.


Overall then, for someone who is a native speaker of English (like Mary Donaldson) or is a proficient L2 speaker of English (like Máxima), learning Dutch should be easier than learning Danish,although both languages would be non-trivial/hard to learn properly. In that sense, Máxima would have an advantage over Mary.


Máxima was also, I believe, more experienced in learning other languages. She is a native Spanish speaker who had already learned another European language (English) from a different branch than her own, and a third European language (French) from the same branch as Spanish.
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