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brayster87
Sep 11th, 2009, 01:50 AM
Belgium has 3 official languages (German, Dutch, French) and she hails from the flemish-speaking part of the country. Flemish is Belgian Dutch which encompasses more french loanwords than the dutch spoken in the Netherlands.

Does that mean she can speak fluent french as well?

debby
Sep 11th, 2009, 02:00 AM
Belgium has 3 official languages (German, Dutch, French) and she hails from the flemish-speaking part of the country. Flemish is Belgian Dutch which encompasses more french loanwords than the dutch spoken in the Netherlands.

Does that mean she can speak fluent french as well?

Yes, but not as fluent as her English and Dutch. :)

youizahoe
Sep 11th, 2009, 02:12 AM
Actually English is an official language in Belgium too. Though it only has a very select community, and not represented in the government. Anyway you better refer to Flemish in Belgium, cause our Dutch is not the same as the Dutch they use in the Netherlands.

Jan H
Sep 11th, 2009, 07:31 AM
The difference between Flemish and Dutch is like the difference between American English and UK English. Sometimes we think they use funny words and vice versa ;) But for the most part we can understand each other just fine. In school, we are supposed to learn "standard Dutch", which should be the same in Flanders and the Netherlands.

In Flemisch schools, everyone gets at least 8 years of French, so everyone should be able to speak at least some French. English is also compulsory as third language and some students can choose to take German as well. But of course there is a big diffference between studying a language and being able to speak it (my French for example is horrible...)

Caralenko
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:13 AM
You would probably get better responses in her player forum. :) The posters in there know her the best, it seems.

gentenaire
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Actually English is an official language in Belgium too. .

It isn't.

Obviously, in Brussels, a lot of English is spoken (ditto in several companies that have are of some international standing) but it's not an official language.

Libertango
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Oh I didn't know German was an official lang in Belgium.

Beat
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:47 AM
Actually English is an official language in Belgium too.

pretty crazy news to me. :eek: ;)

anyway, kim's french is not better than dementieva's... :angel:

gentenaire
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:48 AM
Oh I didn't know German was an official lang in Belgium.

There's a small German speaking part in Belgium, land that was given to Belgium in the Versaille treaty as compensation for the war. It used to be part of Germany.

Jan H
Sep 11th, 2009, 09:15 AM
There's a small German speaking part in Belgium, land that was given to Belgium in the Versaille treaty as compensation for the war. It used to be part of Germany.

And there are only 50000 people (give or take) living in that area. Probably the most well-protected minority in the entire world. They even have their own regional government...

belzebub
Sep 11th, 2009, 09:20 AM
Clijsters speaks French like Na Li Eng Lies

per4ever
Sep 11th, 2009, 09:22 AM
Actually English is an official language in Belgium too. Though it only has a very select community, and not represented in the government. Anyway you better refer to Flemish in Belgium, cause our Dutch is not the same as the Dutch they use in the Netherlands.
Guess you mean german..
Three official languages for such a tiny country is already enough I'd think :D

Sam L
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:12 AM
She speaks Flemish, not Dutch. And English.

gentenaire
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:15 AM
She speaks Flemish, not Dutch. And English.

Officially, it is called Dutch. It's the same language. We use the same spelling and grammar rules. We simply speak with a different accent, there are certain words and expressions we use that Dutch people won't use and vice versa.

pav
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:21 AM
She speaks pudding,which equates to always being nice and modest and never ever nasty!

Bart
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:35 AM
She speaks Flemish, not Dutch. And English.

That would be like saying Serena speaks American and Keothavong British...

Morrissey
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:48 AM
Is Dutch similar to English? Just wondering?

Tanja8
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:51 AM
Is Dutch similar to English? Just wondering?
Not really. It is the same group of languages (English, German, Swedish, Dutch ...) as opposite to Roman languages (Italian, French, Romanian, Spanish) or Slavic (.....)
But I doubt an English is able to understand it. Maybe a German can catch few words here and there.

CLICK (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanic_languages)

Expat
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:57 AM
Though Dutch (& German) are supposed to be nearer to English for some reason I have always found the Romance languages much more easier to learn. I guess the Dutch languages must be closer to old Anglo Saxon rather than modern English which has lots of loan words from Romance languages.

Libertango
Sep 11th, 2009, 11:02 AM
I know Dutch and English are from the same family, so to speak, but it's crazy to me. I spent four months living in the Netherlands earlier this year, and yes, some words are obvious/easily translated to an English native, but on the whole, it's not an easy language for us to pick up - and mainly because of the CRAZY pronunciation (I sitll love it as a language though) To me, German is a tad more straight forward.