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Old 05-06-2014, 04:02 AM
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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.
I think Queen Máxima speaks some German. Her husband's family and many of their mutual friends (Von Amsberg, Von dem Bussche-Haddenhausen, Von Lippe, Von der Recke, Von Oeynhausen, Von Sierstorpff-Cramm, Von Bismarck, Zu Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems, Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Hohenstein, the Mossbruggers from Gasthof Post in Lech, etc.) are all German-speaking. In the meantime the Queen will have learned a substantial basic German. No doubt about that.
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Old 05-06-2014, 04:25 AM
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Maxima is not fluent in german. When she recently came to Baden-Baden is was said that she understands a lot (WA is fluent) and speaks a few words but that's it. Nevertheless, she must be very talented when it comes to learning languages. Dutch and German are different languages of course but if you speak dutch, its quite easy to get to understand german with a bit of practice. Writing is a different matter though.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:53 AM
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Máxima's Voice, Accent and Languages

Duke of Marmalade is right! Máxima does not speak German. She may understand some German but when it comes to speaking she only knows the absolute basics like Hello and Good Bye in German. Dutch is different from German and as a German native-speaker I can tell you that I don't understand a thing when M and WA speak Dutch. I think German is taught as a foreign language in Dutch schools but even WA who is fluent in German and was raised by a German father makes grammatical mistakes when he speaks German. 😄
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I think all Dutchmen make grammatical mistakes in German because they simply use it as a third language, after English, and have too less daily practice to speak it without errors. In old days, the Dutchies watched ARD, ZDF, WDR and NDR but now with dozens Dutch-speaking channels, the knowledge of German has faded away.
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I've seen a video a couple of weeks ago when WAX were visiting Germany, the reporter asked (in German) both if they had brought presents for the girls. WA answered in fluent German, while Max answered in English, meaning she had no problem to understand the question or the following conversation but she didnt even try to speak German. My impression is that she understands well but can't speak what is very common when you are in touch with a language (in her case through WA) but not in an environment to speak (either the partner is native and speaks as main language or you live in the country).
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Correct, it is the same with me. I can understand Spanish but I find it hard to speak or write it.
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