Multilingual flashcard: King

King in 10 languages

Continuing with the theme of royalty (see prince and princess here) with king in 10 languages.

multilingual flashcards king

A lot of the terms for King in various languages come from the Latin, rex. However, the English for King come from the Anglo-Saxon cyning, which is descended from an old form of German. I am guessing that this is also responsible for the Polish and German terms.

As of 2016 there are 15 kings and 2 queens around the world at the moment.

The king pictured above is probably one of the most famous (infamous?) kings, at least in the U.K.  His name was King Henry VIII and he ruled England from 1509 -1547.

He is probably most well-known for his six wives, his dissolution of the monasteries and breaking away from the Catholic Church. Less well-known is the fact that he was trilingual (English, French and Latin), an accomplished musician on the lute and was successful in both tennis and jousting.

Who do you first think of when you think of a king?

Did you learn something new about Henry VIII?

Have you come across the word for ‘king’ in your target language before?

Let me know in the comments!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. I find Henry VIII really interesting, but didn’t know he was trilingual! Have you seen Six Wives with Lucy Worsley? It was such a fascinating programme.
    Amy x


    1. It does sound interesting but I haven’t seen it, I’m afraid – I am pretty rubbish at TV as have seen almost nothing! Was it on the BBC or anotehr channel? I might try to borrow the DVDs or find it on-demand. I think, for royalty, being trilingual wasn’t that unusual but considering that most people only remember the six wives, it is nice to think of him as a scholar, linguist and musician too!

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      1. TV is another of my loves alongside reading, and it was a fascinating programme- I highly recommend. She’s doing one about the Suffragettes in a similar vein tonight so I’m v excited! She also wrote a fantastic book called Eliza Rose following a girl in the Tudor court during wives 4 and 5 x

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      2. I will definitely have a look, thank you for the recommendation. Not sure when I will eventually get around to watching them but will give them a go! x

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  2. Infamous indeed! Lol.

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