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Old 01-22-2016, 12:34 AM
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It would be interesting to know if the Duke of Teck spoke in German when conversing privately with his wife and family. He may well have done. If he did a slight tinge may have remained with his children. One of Queen Mary's brothers was GG of Canada I believe. Don't know if there are any recordings of speeches he made there though.
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:49 AM
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It would be interesting to know if the Duke of Teck spoke in German when conversing privately with his wife and family. He may well have done. If he did a slight tinge may have remained with his children. One of Queen Mary's brothers was GG of Canada I believe. Don't know if there are any recordings of speeches he made there though.
Yes, Mary's youngest brother Alexander, the Earl of Althone, was GG of Canada. Carl Gustaf's parents met at the wedding of his daughter interesting enough.


I am looking but I haven't found videos of him.
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:37 AM
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That was interesting, thanks. I thought I heard a faint Germanic tinge when the Earl said 'to' or words that began with 't'. Of course it's rather hard to pick up on and it might be just the way aristocrats spoke who were brought up in the 19th century. Funnily enough I thought it a bit more discernible with the Earl than with the Queen, though I remember years ago someone who met her as a girl said she had a bit of a German 'roll' with certain words.
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Old 01-23-2016, 12:33 AM
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I didn't notice any German accent (I could be wrong), to me it was just a posh British one.

I feel like it would have been unlikely for the Teck sons to have noticeable accents into adulthood. Accents typically develop based on surroundings - so children of immigrants will typically develop accents more similar to their peers than their parents, although they may also develop hyperpronounciation (adult immigrants in comparison have accents that are influenced by their native language).

The Teck children were born in Britain, with the sons (Mary's brothers) each attending English boarding schools. Their accents would have been influenced by that more than their parents' accents. Mary, on the other hand, didn't go away to school and spent part of her formative years living on the Continent, causing her accent to be more German.
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My Question: Do the Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish, Etc. Royal family's speak with their nations version of the Royal British 'Cut Glass' accent. I know Queen Margrethes English voice is Very British upper class.
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Old 10-14-2017, 02:36 PM
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My Question: Do the Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish, Etc. Royal family's speak with their nations version of the Royal British 'Cut Glass' accent. I know Queen Margrethes English voice is Very British upper class.
Princess Beatrix, Princess Laurentien and Princess Mabel can speak very posh, with a hot-potato-in-the-mouth accent. King Willem-Alexander and his brother Prince Constantijn speak normal Dutch in my ears, but their reflexes in conversations reveal a dry sort of humor possibly from their father and (in the King's case) developed while he was at boarding school in Llantwit Major (Vale Glamorgan, Wales). Queen Máxima has her own thick accent when she speaks Dutch. Her English seems very good to me (she did attend a British College in Buenos Aires).
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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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Watching a documentary with Queen Margarethe. Why does she speak English with an English and not Danish accent?
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Watching a documentary with Queen Margarethe. Why does she speak English with an English and not Danish accent?
Her mother was half English, she spent some time in school in the UK and she surely took classes in English from early age.
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Its natural, you tend to pick up the accent of the person teaching you. When I lived in Cuba, I had to laugh. I came home and there was a nice gentleman in the kitchen. He spoke English with a heavy English accent but he had some odd Jamaican slang thrown in. I found out he was my Cuban abuelo. He spent seven years living in Jamaica, so while he had picked up the phrases and slang of Jamaica, his accent came from the little British women who taught him.

Margrethe not only went to boarding school in England but later studied at Cambridge and London school of economics. Not only would majority of her teachers been British, but her fellow students as well.

Her mother may have been half English but she spoke Swedish around her daughter. I have read where she said that her Swedish was awful, visiting her cousins, until Benedikte was in the hospital and her nanny was with her. She spent more time with her mother then usual, and her Swedish improved.
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In England, I was told I was pronouncing "duty" incorrectly.
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Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught addressed the British Legion in 1936.


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Old 06-16-2018, 03:45 PM
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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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Queen Mary's voice and accent surprised me. I was sure she would have had a higher and perhaps huskier voice from smoking. I was also led to believe she had a hint of a German accent but I don't detect it in this recording.

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