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Old 03-21-2013, 06:49 PM
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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!
On her wiki page, it says that she only attended Northlands school, so there is a chance may have attended that school her whole primary and secondary school years. If so, I think she started primary school in 1975 or 1976. So I think she attended Northlands from 1975/76-1988. I hope this helps.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:12 PM
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I can't watch the video, It's not there anymore

Does anybody have another link of Máxima speaking in spanish???
Here is the video (she speaks at 3'35):


And here she speaks fluently french (2'48):
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:59 PM
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wow fortimo, thanks! i didn't know maxima could speak french to such a good standard. i'm surprised - no official sources ever told us she could speak french! i wonder if she can speak any other languages we don't know of.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:42 PM
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Fantastic. She speaks French quite well. I think its always a plus when someone is bi-lingual or tri-lingual. It seems being able to speak multiple languages really opens the door to great things.

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Old 11-25-2013, 06:27 PM
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Maxima is such an intelligent and formidable woman and with her grasp of these languages is so well-equipped to step out onto the global platform. Very impressive.
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:26 PM
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Her french is excellent and she of course was very lucky to have been able to attend the Northlands school in Argentina. She is at least 4-lingual, and obviously very intelligent, vivacious and a loving wife and mother. What more could Holland ask?
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:44 PM
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Maxima is such an intelligent and formidable woman and with her grasp of these languages is so well-equipped to step out onto the global platform. Very impressive.
I agree. She's one of the smartest, more impressive Royals out there, what we call "the bomb"!

I have heard her speak Dutch, German, English, French and of course her native Spanish and she seems equally at home in all five.
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Maxima is definitely not "at home in German", except for a few words/sentences she cannot speak the language at all.
4 languages are impressiv enough, no need to exaggerate.
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Indeed she is amazing and a real asset to Holland pretty impressive all round IMO
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Old 01-20-2014, 02:16 PM
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is she learning german then? or does she just know a few words to get by?

oh, i´d love to hear a clip of maxima speaking in french now during his visit to the netherlands! fingers crossed.
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Old 03-22-2014, 07:45 AM
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Máxima spoke also French to the Danish Prince-Consort when they had their introduction visit to Denmark. I don't know if there is a video form that converstation.
She's able to speak/understand a bit Portuguese too, because it is a bit the same as Spanish, she told some people at the Brazil Festival in the Netherlands a few years ago.
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:08 AM
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If you speak Spanish not too fast to someone who answers back in Portuguese not to fast as well (and vice-versa) you are able to carry on a conversation in which 90% will be understood without any problems whatosoever. If you, beeing a Portuguese speaker, have had the chance of beeing exposed to some French or Italian (for example, studying a month a free online course), you are also able to understand 60 to 70% of what is said to you or what is written in those languages. Of course you have to have had a good knowledge of your own language (morphology of the words and grammar) beforehand and be not too shy, very curious, not afraid of making mistakes, have the will to learn and be calm. Of course I am talking here about communication, not professional, diplomatic or academic relationships. I wish I had had latin classes when I was in my schoodays.
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Maxima is definitely not "at home in German", except for a few words/sentences she cannot speak the language at all.
4 languages are impressiv enough, no need to exaggerate.
True that. I saw on "blauw bloed" that she is trying to learn german, doesn't mean that she already speaks it (however, she might be able to understand, since the languages are very close to each other)
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She is a lovely and delightful woman. Remember Spanish and French have the same root, not that she shouldn't be complimemnted on this. I just love the sound of her voice. She is very intelligent and not a ribbon cutter, as in some countries. Actually, in Holland, all three wives of the "Queen" (Beatrix), I know, Maxima is queen, are quite educated and doing real work.
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I agree COUNTESS. The Netherlands has some very impressive and intellectually dazzling women

Maxima is a marvel as queen, CP Willem-Alexander chose well!
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i didn't know she could speak a reasonable german and portuguese... maxima never fails to amaze me!
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Sorry but Máxima does not speak German! She knows a few words like Hello and Good Bye in German but that's about all there is to it.
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There was shown a documentary about WA and Maxima on ZDF, and there was said, she does speak 4 languages. They didn't mention, what languages she speaks, but I think there are spanish, english, french and dutch.
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i didn't know she could speak a reasonable german and portuguese... maxima never fails to amaze me!
Does she speak portuguese too?
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Does she speak portuguese too?
so i read earlier on in this thread, but we don't know to what standard.
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