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Tosca 10-12-2006 11:09 AM

BTW Daniel Ducruet is really fluent in Italian. He has a strong French accent, but he speaks very well. Perhaps that's because his mother is half Italian.

Lucia Rose 10-13-2006 09:40 PM

What languages did Stefano and Caroline speak together? I know when they first met it was in London and it was English. What languages does Carolein speak with stefanos side of the family. Since Caroline is reportedly fluent but others say no she is not.

anag 10-13-2006 09:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Lucia Rose
What languages did Stefano and Caroline speak together? I know when they first met it was in London and it was English. What languages does Carolein speak with stefanos side of the family. Since Caroline is reportedly fluent but others say no she is not.

I bet Caro speaks Italian with his family, but I don't know for sure what language they spoke to eachother. I read somewhere it was French, but don't hold me to it.

Ani

scooter62986 06-11-2008 10:36 PM

Accents and Languages
 
I didn't notice anyone had posted about this. What languages do Albert, Stephanie and Caroline speak? Since their mother was American, wouldn't English be the first language they spoke?

Stephanie has a very strong East Coast accent, Albert is mixed, but i'm assuming that because he lived on both coasts.

Do their kids speak English? If so they probably sound British.

acdc1 06-11-2008 10:37 PM

I've heard Princess Caroline speak, and she has a British accent.

smdouglas 06-11-2008 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by scooter62986 (Post 778144)
What languages do Albert, Stephanie and Caroline speak? Since their mother was American, wouldn't English be the first language they spoke?

Stephanie has a very strong East Coast accent, Albert is mixed, but i'm assuming that because he lived on both coasts.

Do their kids speak English? If so they probably sound British.

I don't know all of the languages the trio speaks, but the languages include:
  • Prince Albert speaks Monégasque, French, American, Spanish, German, Italian.
  • Princess Caroline speaks Monégasque, French, English, German, Italian.
  • Princess Stephanie speaks Monégasque, French, American, Spanish.
Take a look at message #3 in this thread to get a better feel.

randomlyKeira 06-11-2008 11:53 PM

All I can say is: wow. I thought I read somewhere that none of them spoke Monegasque. That is a very difficult language to learn, trust me. I've been trying for years, and it still comes out sounding very Parisian. My friend who has lived in Monaco her whole life makes fun of me when I attempt to speak it, and I speak english, french, spanish, german, and am learning italian, so I can't understand why I can't do it right. It's quite exasperating acctually.

Oh, and someone asked if Monegasque is a mix of French and Italian. Yes, it is, but with a bit of german sylables in there too, though it's usually spoken in an Italian pronunciation except for a few letters from French and German roots. It derives from Northern Italy.

oxygen 06-12-2008 01:10 AM

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Originally Posted by smdouglas (Post 778149)
I don't know all of the languages the trio speaks, but the languages include:
  • Prince Albert speaks Monégasque, French, American, Spanish, German, Italian.
  • Princess Caroline speaks Monégasque, French, English, German, Italian.
  • Princess Stephanie speaks Monégasque, French, American, Spanish.
Take a look at message #3 in this thread to get a better feel.

"American" is not a langauge. If you're talking about American English, then it would be better to either write American English or English (American).

pamk 06-12-2008 02:51 AM

I have seen interviews on American television and Albert, Caroline and Stephanie all speak English. Albert sounds very American, Caroline a bit posh American (hint of British English) and Stephanie very American.
Stepahnie had a voice just like a little girl's voice - I was amazed.

scooter62986 06-12-2008 05:27 AM

You're right American is not really a language. American is a dialect of English, and it can be hard to understand some British if you're American.

Thank you for you're responses.

poppy7 06-12-2008 03:30 PM

I have read, several places, that Caroline and Stefano spoke Italian together and that she spoke French to the children. Charlotte speaks excellant English (reported by people who heard her at recent events in London) but she has a French accent. I am sure the boys speak English too, and it is common knowledge they speak Italian as well (if they have a French accent doing so, I don't know). Caroline'a sounds slightly British, but there is definitely a foreign element there, she has a slight French accent in English. However she was at boarding outside London, so that would account for her 'Britishness'.

smdouglas 06-12-2008 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by scooter62986 (Post 778241)
You're right American is not really a language. American is a dialect of English, and it can be hard to understand some British if you're American.

...and visa versa

scooter62986 06-13-2008 04:41 AM

Caroline's "Britishness" would be a few things. I know from family that Europeans are taught to have a British accent and if they don't they fail or receive a lower grade. Going to boarding school in England would add to the accent. Lastly, I don't think she spent much time in America like her siblings so she never had time to acquire the American accent

EllieSofie 06-13-2008 11:21 PM

Going back to the kind of accents Albert, Caroline and Stephanie have... I remember Prince Albert was on Larry King Live like six months after his father had passed. I couldn't find the actual interview, but here is the transcript, CNN.com - Transcripts. Larry points out that the Prince stutters.

KING: As a child, did you have a stuttering problem?

ALBERT: You know, yes.

KING: Sometimes in your speech ...

ALBERT: Yes, I have been asked that, yes. Well, because I always try to look for the best possible word and sometimes it doesn't always come. But yes, I did have a bit of a problem as a kid. And I don't know how it came about, what emotional trauma.

Maybe I'll stumble accross the video, but I do remember his accent and it sounded "normal" to me. (If there is such a thing.:wacko:) He spoke in a "not here, not there" American accent.

P.S.
Here is another transcript from a previous appearance, Prince Albert pops in and out. The topic of conversation is Princess Grace and the foundation named after her. CNN.com - Transcripts

Horseygal 06-17-2008 09:34 PM

What is the difference between Monagasque and French? I've never been to Monaco, so I know I've never heard anyone speak it - are there any videos of them giving an interview in Monagasque?

smdouglas 06-17-2008 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Horseygal (Post 788395)
What is the difference between Monagasque and French? I've never been to Monaco, so I know I've never heard anyone speak it - are there any videos of them giving an interview in Monagasque?

Basically, Monégasque is a mixture of Italian and French. Wikipedia discusses the Monégasque language, but gives no audio examples. Maybe someone else has a video/audio example of the language.

Jaya 06-10-2010 10:49 PM

Apparently Caro can read in Greek and Latin.She studied Greek for the longest while.
I know her language count is five and that is with Greek and Latin

rosana 06-10-2010 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Jaya (Post 1091879)
Apparently Caro can read in Greek and Latin.She studied Greek for the longest while.
I know her language count is five and that is with Greek and Latin


She said in an interview she can read Italian, Spanish, English. We know she learnt some German, i don´t know how fluent she is though. But it makes more than 5 is she knows Latin ( probably from University) and Greek.

Thecia 06-11-2010 04:18 AM

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Originally Posted by rosana (Post 1091882)
She said in an interview she can read Italian, Spanish, English. We know she learnt some German, i don´t know how fluent she is though. But it makes more than 5 is she knows Latin ( probably from University) and Greek.

Like Jaya said, her language count is five but that is French, English, Spanish, Italian and German. At least according to her official biography on the palace website. She speaks French and English perfectly fluently (When I lived in Paris, I frequented the Café de Flore, where she also went and have seen her in other places in Paris, though never met her, and heard her speaking both English and French fluently). Whether or not she speaks Italian fluently is slightly debatable (there were some on this forum a while back that said they didn't think Caroline spoke Italian fluently, though I don't know if that is still the case) though Josh Grant, a dancer with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, wrote that Caroline held a lengthy conversation in Italian with one of the other dancers at the dinner after the Dance Forum. Caroline said in an interview with ELLE in the early eighties that she speaks Spanish, albeit "badly" (her words, not mine) though that may have changed and she said in the same interview that she speaks German though we know from when she testified at the beginning of this year that she doesn't seem to speak German with enough fluency for the court.
As for reading Greek and Latin, that is relatively mandatory for all school students in Europe. I did the same when I was at school. You are usually given passages to read and translate in Greek and Latin. And I'm sure that Caroline, being as intelligent as she is, has retained most of that. :flowers:

Thtregoddess11 07-08-2010 03:50 AM

I'd go with the palace website on who speaks what language. I'm pretty sure Steph speaks Spanish fluently, as I've seen interviews and listened to some of her music in Spanish. I've also read in places that Pauline and Louis speak English and French fluently, as well as lang Monaguesque; I imagine Camille is about the same. As for The Casiraghi trio, I've read that they speak French, Italian, and English fluently, as well as a smitten of German and Portuguese. Maybe some Spanish as well. I've also read that Charlotte prefers to speak Italian, and Pierre has been seen speaking with friends in a mix of English and Italian.
I imagine they talk like many multi-lingual families I know-starting a conversation in one language and finishing it in a completely different one than it originally started in, and everyone involved in the conversation gets it completely.


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