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Old 01-01-2009, 07:29 PM
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but of course maxima's english is quite good, she worked and lived in new york so it should be good shouldn't it?
That's right, but before New York, Máxima had a bilingual (English and Spanish) education at Northlands school.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:49 PM
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but of course maxima's english is quite good, she worked and lived in new york so it should be good shouldn't it?

I do not like her dutch speaking actually, she still has a lot of trouble with speaking it fluently.
does, she? at this point she should to speak fluetly, i can not understat that
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Old 01-02-2009, 04:26 AM
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does, she? at this point she should to speak fluetly, i can not understat that
No she doesn´t ashelen,it´s just a lot of people have trouble listening,her dutch is better
then most dutch speak dutch,entangled in all kinds of dialects they utter their vocals
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Old 01-02-2009, 07:33 AM
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No she doesn´t ashelen,it´s just a lot of people have trouble listening,her dutch is better
then most dutch speak dutch,entangled in all kinds of dialects they utter their vocals
so you can say she has a very good dutch?
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Old 01-02-2009, 02:18 PM
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so you can say she has a very good dutch?
Oh,most certainly,with the slightest of south american twists,but that really only adds to her charm.She has learned a lot só quickly,and
so thorough.People can say what they like,but she's done one hell of a job only next to none of her so-called criticasters could have ever achieved,honestly.And that was only language-wise.
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Old 01-02-2009, 02:35 PM
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I think Maxima's English is excellent, being a non native speaker living in Britain myself I know how hard it can be and that you will always, apart from those who have been raised billingually, be "identified" as a foreigner, speaking a second language. But it doesn't matter at all. Maxima is very fluent and sounds extremely self confident and knowledgable on what she's speaking about. I actually think that her English sounds very Dutch!
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:44 AM
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I do absloutely not agree with this. I have a foreign husband who just lives a few years here in holland and his dutch is much much better(his native language is persian so not related to dutch in any way). I really do not like the way maxima speaks dutch. ok, i cannot deny that she had done her best to speak it and of course she speaks dutch but certainly not thorough and her vocabulaire is not big. But this does not mean that i do not like her or so, it is just a fact for me how i see it ;-)


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Oh,most certainly,with the slightest of south american twists,but that really only adds to her charm.She has learned a lot só quickly,and
so thorough.People can say what they like,but she's done one hell of a job only next to none of her so-called criticasters could have ever achieved,honestly.And that was only language-wise.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:17 PM
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I do absloutely not agree with this. I have a foreign husband who just lives a few years here in holland and his dutch is much much better(his native language is persian so not related to dutch in any way). I really do not like the way maxima speaks dutch. ok, i cannot deny that she had done her best to speak it and of course she speaks dutch but certainly not thorough and her vocabulaire is not big. But this does not mean that i do not like her or so, it is just a fact for me how i see it ;-)
Some people have an easier time learning a language than others. I dont think people should criticize her and so what if she has an accent in dutch, its not her native language, at least she tries. Your husband maybe is better than her at languages, dutch is not an easy language especially coming from spanish. I've seen her speak in dutch, she seems to handle it well.
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Maxima is so charming and natural that she is fabulous in whichever language she speaks. I love that here is a princess/royal who actually has the obvious intelligence and ability to back up the polished PR spin that all royals get where they are made to sound better than they are. Maxima is the real thing. She is wonderful and the Dutch are lucky to have her.
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I remember when I first heard HRH speak English, being surprised at how deep her voice was.
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:13 PM
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I've always admire the capacity to learn different languages. And she clearly seems to have it. To learn a language like dutch, especially when a little "older" can be a challenge.
she obviously surpassed ! :)
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Princess Máxima speaking a bit of French after 28:30 minutes:

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As a French speaking person I am always impressed by her French. She talks very fluently, naturally and only with a slight adorable accent !
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Princess Máxima speaking one of her first words Dutch at her engagement, after 4:30 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/koninklijkhui...13/0u7DVf9SUaY

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Henri, there are no schools in Argentina where English is the first language, in some expensive schools they give much importance to English and sometimes they learn some other language too, but i assure you that argentinian teens can barely speak Spanish. Maxima must have taken English lessons somewhere else, even when she was at the University.
Máxima went to Northlands HS....where the classes were in Spanish (mornings) and in English (afternoon). I didn't attend said HS...but my sister did.
BTW. English & French are mandatory subjects in the Argentinean Public School Sysyem. I know...I took both subjects.

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I like her accent, is like a british-latin american one. Love it =D

I don't know if this has been posted but you can hear her voice in dutch, have no idea what she's talking about, hope you can do it.

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She speaks english very well.
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Henri, there are no schools in Argentina where English is the first language, in some expensive schools they give much importance to English and sometimes they learn some other language too, but i assure you that argentinian teens can barely speak Spanish. Maxima must have taken English lessons somewhere else, even when she was at the University.
I know this is an old thread but I had to comment on some of the things being said.

I attended Northlands School from Kindergarten through Secondary School (in total, 14 years). It is not correct to say that there are no schools in Argentina in which English is the first language because I can assure you that at Northlands, it is. We are taught English and Spanish simultaneously from an early age, becoming fluent very early on. At Primary School, in order to comply with the National Curriculum, in the morning lessons were conducted in english; in the afternoon lessons were conducted in spanish.

At the age of 12 we moved on to Secondary School, where 12 out of 14 annual classes were taught in english (with the exception of Spanish Lit and Argentine History or Geography). This is because Northlands is not a Bilingual School but rather an English School. During recess we spoke in english. Even P.E. was conducted in english. By the time I was 15 I only had one class in Spanish. At 11 I was already bilingual to the point where I think in English and feel more comfortable expressing myself in that language. We take IGCSEs in Year 10 and IBOs in Year 12, another reason why English is taught as a First Language.

Someone said Northlands is all about sports... another wrongful judgement based on absolutely no knowledge of this School. At Northlands we were taught to aim high and succeed, and this involved Sports, Languages, Academics, Arts, Sciences, Music, etc. Interschool Sports Competitions are important, but Academics are even more so.

The reason why Maxima has no accent when speaking english, or why her vocabulary and command of the language is outstanding, is because of her school.
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Maxima's years at Northlands

Does anyone have any information with the exact years that Maxima attended Northlands?

I just recently realized that she may have been a classmate of mine or my sister, as we are the same age and I attended Northlands as well! I was there for only a few years, Kindergarten through 3rd grade, but we probably overlapped. I would be tickled to know we might have known each other!

And I agree with what the poster above said regarding the English instruction at Northlands. My memory of those years were that the days were divided in two, with instruction in English in the morning and then switching to Spanish in the afternoon. I very much remember that in the recess at mid-day we were even supposed to play on the playground speaking English among each other, and teachers would scold us if they caught us speaking Spanish! That was tough.

Anyway, just curious if anyone had any information on when she started at Northlands? I know she graduated in 1988, but I was long gone by then. Thanks!
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