Elite And Upper-Class Vocabulary from Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story on Netflix

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Vocabulary from Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story on Netflix

Dearest Gentle Reader, a beautiful moment you have been waiting for months has finally arrived (we hope you read that with a proper English accent). On May 10th, 2023, Netflix dropped the long-awaited Bridgeron spin-off, Queen Charlotte of England. So naturally, we couldn't miss this fine opportunity to learn something from such a masterpiece. And since Lady Whistledown kindly informed us that Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is not a history lesson but fiction inspired by facts, we decided to focus on it in terms of language. We mean, where else can you hear such beautiful English from the previous centuries except for the Crown? So, let's get down to business without further delay, shall we?

Why Promova Recommends Learning English With Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Quotes

When English learners start looking for a new TV series to watch to improve their language skills, they get lost in the sea of good and bad content. It happens every time! Of course, they can ask for advice from a friend or colleague. However, finding a suitable TV series that will challenge your English can become quite a task for advanced English learners. Why? First, they already know a lot of words. Second, their ears get used to the chosen pronunciation so they can understand and keep up with the characters' speech. Third, English that we all can hear in most TV series is pretty casual. Screenwriters must use the sentence structures and vocabulary that people tap into daily. Otherwise, it won't be true to life, and the audience won't be engaged. So, if you want to challenge your English and learn something new regarding the language, we recommend paying attention to tv series where the story unfolds back in the past. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story would be a perfect choice. 

What is so magical about English in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story? Is the fuss worth the effort?

  1. Vocabulary. Words and phrases used in the 18th-19th century differ greatly from what people implement in their speech now. In a digitalized world, we came to the concept of simplifying our speech and shortening words. That is the reason we have so many acronyms, IYKYK. However, it wasn't always like that. At the time of great balls in England, high-class society didn't need to rush. They could talk for hours – women were gossiping, sipping an English tea, gentlemen were discussing some serious matters having brandy. The words and phrases you will hear in the series will help expand your vocabulary significantly. Not all of them can be applied in today's conversations. Nonetheless, a significant majority will allow to read and write various texts in English. 
  2. Sentence structures. As mentioned, royals and their close circle didn't make haste when speaking. They carefully pronounced every word, followed by another carefully pronounced word. And what is more important, those words were forming different sentences from what we have now. They tend to refer to themselves in the third person instead of the first person. And there is no big secret behind this phenomenon. It was simply a sign of good manners. Also, people at that time were extremely polite. That is why many of the sentences ended with "shall we." Another thing is that they refused to be direct, especially speaking publicly. So, they used covert sentences to express their true intentions more discreetly. 
  3. English accent. Even though Queen Charlotte of England in the Netflix series is from Germany, she speaks with Received Pronunciation, better known as the Queen's English. This accent stands out because it is well-articulated and clear. People in the UK often call Received Pronunciation the "standard" English accent. Its most distinguishing characteristics are the silent 'r' at the end of words and the long-sounding A in such words as "bath" and "dance." Listening to the English accent in Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, you can improve your own accent. Just shadow everything you hear and try to mirror all the sounds correctly. It will take some time to achieve perfection. But, who knows, maybe you will be called a diamond of the season regarding your English accent.

Remember that you can always practice vocabulary from popular tv series with Promova, a one-stop solution for all language learning needs. Our app has a special course English with TV Series, where you can find bite-sized lessons with vocabulary from iconic tv series such as Friends, Gossip Girls, Desperate Housewives, etc. Also, you can learn English with your favorite tv series when enrolled in one of our tutoring programs. Promova offers group and individual lessons with certified native-like English teachers who tailor their classes to your needs and interests. We advocate for personalized language learning, so you can count on us on any topic you choose for English learning.

Vocabulary From Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story

Was Queen Charlotte black? Was King George mad? What was the true story of Queen Charlotte and King George? Those are questions that people start googling after watching the limited Netflix series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. But those questions have nothing to do with the beautiful English we can all hear in this masterpiece. That is why Promova took this into its hands. We've created a list of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story vocabulary. So please, enjoy it with grace. 

Episode 1 Queen to Be

To gaze upon – to look at something or someone for a long time

Art can be beautiful to gaze upon. 

A gown – a long dress worn by ladies in previous centuries

Bespoke – made for a particular person

If that is not enough, the gown sits atop a bespoke underpinning made of whalebone. 

In display – for people to see

Ludicrous – foolish and absurd

And because I must arrive in display, I am forced into a ludicrous gown. 

Diligent – steady and careful

I believe if I'm diligent with my movements.

To impale – to pierce with a sharp instrument

I will bounce, and I will impale myself on this ridiculous corset and bleed to death. 

Hearty – warm-hearted

Your husband is quite hearty. 

Treasonous – guilty of the betrayal

It's treasonous to interrupt my beauty sleep. 

Galling – annoying, humiliating 

A crisis one can only imagine that Queen Charlotte must find galling after ruling over the matchmaking efforts of the ton and the marriage mart with such an iron fist. 

To gawk – to stare openly and stupidly

Do not gawk like a peasant. 

Impertinent – rude, disrespectful 

Oh, well, that is impertinent. 

In distress – very upset

I'm a lady in distress. 

To tower over – to be higher than people or things near you

It towers over us. 

Incomparable - matchless

You are incomparable. 

A cloak – an outdoor overgarment

You should need your cloak. 

To withdraw – to remove or take away from a particular place or position

May I withdraw, Your Majesty?

Zealous – marked by passionate support for someone or something

Mother, I think you are being a bit zealous. 

Episode 2 Honeymoon Bliss

To do the deed – to have sex

Has he done the deed or not?

A virtue - behavior showing high moral standards

Patience is not always a virtue. 

To reap benefits - to get all the good things that come with something

The passage of time does not always reap benefits. 

Bits - a person's sexual organs (British slang)

I believe his bits to be fine. 

A brothel – a house with prostitutes 

I thought you were visiting a brothel. 

To be smitten with – to be deeply affected with

He is smitten with her beauty. 

To embroider - to decorate with needlework

I was embroidering a pillow. 

A plethora - a large or excessive amount of something

Love solves a plethora of issues. 

To elaborate on – to present in detail

Please, elaborate on your meeting with the Queen. 

To bestow upon – to present as a gift

The one you were kind enough to bestow upon me. 

Episode 3 Even Days

A farce – an absurd event

Then why did mother call it a farce?

Crooked – twisted out of shape

Sit still, or I will braid your hair crooked. 

This instant - immediately

Stop talking this instant. 

To shriek – to shout and scream

Why are you shrieking?

To be long on the shelf – to be not active socially

Most of the daughters of our own Queen Charlotte and King George are long on the shelf, gathering dust. 

A spinster – an unmarried older woman

So many spinsters, so little time. 

To feel the sting – to feel a sharp pain 

A have-not – a poor group of people

Her Majesty must be feeling the sting of being a have-not. 

To cease – to come to an end

The sooner you are with child, the sooner we can cease this performance. 

To dangle – to hang or swing loosely

They dangle joy in front of me and never let me grasp it. 

To grind to a halt – to gradually slow down

Government is grinding to a halt. 

A ruse – a trick

I thought perhaps it was a ruse, but every day he marches into that garden. 

Simpering - to smile in a silly or annoying way

You are not some simpering girl. 

To mingle – to get involved

They are not mingling. 

To disdain – to consider to be unworthy of one's consideration

Lord Danbury disdained orphans. 

To loathe – to dislike or disgust

I loathed. 

Episode 4 Holding the King

To speak plainly – to speak freely

Speak plainly. 

To brook – to tolerate

We cannot brook obstacles any more. 

A quack - a fraudulent or ignorant pretender to medical skill

Your Highness, this quack has no place among proper doctors. 

To cast a wider net - to involve a large number of things or people in what you are doing

I have to cast a wider net. 

To remedy – to set right

If your bride is missing it's your responsibility to remedy that. 

To feel myself to the task - to have the ability, motivation, and desire to do something difficult

I might feel myself to the task. 

To be cross with – to be angry and annoyed

Will he be cross with her?

At hand - nearby

I am near at hand for whatever Your Majesty feels a fit coming on. 

An obedience – a willing to obey

As such, you are used to the obedience of others. 

A solitude - the state or situation of being alone 

We require solitude. 

Salubrious - healthy

You have never known the salubrious powers of Spartan habits. 

To range – to vary or extend between specified limits

Your mind ranges indisciplined. 

To govern - to control, direct, or strongly influence the actions and conduct of

If you cannot govern yourself you should not govern others. 

To mold – to shape 

I will mold you until you are as harmless and obedient as he is. 

To cart around – to transport

It is a prodigious quantity of ice they keep carting around here. 

A decorum – an etiquette

Abandoning her honeymoon chambers in violation of all custom and decorum, not to mention my direct order. 

A rogue - a dishonest or unprincipled person

One would hate to think a spy had penetrated Your Majesty's circle to say nothing of rogues, charlatans, and petty thieves. 

A larder – a room for storing food

To fetch – to go after and bring back

I am afraid my larder may not rate with Your Majesty's usual fare, but I could run and fetch a crust of bread or some stew. 

Capricious – impulsive 

You give free rein to your most capricious urges. 

Deficient – lacking something

I thought that somehow I was deficient, when he is mad. 

To scour – to search 

You would scour Europe for a queen grateful enough to aid him. 

Insolence – rude and disrespectful behavior

To know no bounds – to have no limits

Your insolence truly knows no bounds. 

To perch – to sit or make someone sit

A pinnacle – a high point

You are unhappy with your situation, perched at the pinnacle of power. 

Episode 5 Gardens in Bloom

A countenance – a person's face or facial expression

To evince – to indicate

Her Majesty's countenance lately evinces little pleasure. 

To impend – to be about to happen

Connubial – relating to marriage 

A bliss – a perfect happiness

One wonders whether impending connubial bliss has shone a lush on Her Majesty's own isolation. 

To abut – to touch or lean on

We abut. 

To ramble – to walk for pleasure

You are merely rambling. 

To bind to – to tie tightly

You propose to bind them to complete strangers. 

To stomp around - to walk, dance, or move with heavy steps

She is stomping around the house, looking like a cloud of thunder. 

To surpass – to exceed

The student surpasses her master. 

To ripen – to mature

I see you ripens there fruit of England. 

To teeter on - to appear to be about to fall while moving or standing

I fear the Queen teeters on disaster. 

Querulous - complaining

If querulous foreigners would say out of my way and understand how important it is that Queen Charlotte's disappearance be handled with discretion. 

Episode 6 Crown Jewels

To contemplate – to think about

I'm contemplating starting a new. 

To conquer - overcome and take control of something

Can a mother's love conquer all?

Utterly - absolutely

You have to tell me that I'm utterly alone in this world. 

Unimpeachable - unquestionable

 Perhaps one day, she will have an unimpeachable reputation much like yours. 

Amiss - not quite right

There is something amiss with the King. 

To be in jeopardy – to be in danger

There is talk that the Palace is in jeopardy. 

To bode well – to be a sign that something good happen

Your silence does not bode well for you. 

To spare a glance - to look quickly at someone or something

She hardly spares me a glance. 

To plague - cause continual trouble or distress to

I do not want to know your burdens or hear what problems plague your life. 

To be thwarted under - to oppose successfully

They are thwarted under here. 

To be courted - be involved with romantically, typically with the intention of marrying

She has been courted. 

Odious - disgusting

Ramsay is odious. 

To rustle - to move swiftly and energetically

What are you doing rustling about here?


PromovaAug 15th, 2023
Great question! Learning vocabulary from period dramas like "Bridgerton Story" offers several benefits. It provides insight into the language of a specific era, which can be valuable for literature enthusiasts or history buffs. Moreover, the usage of formal language and etiquette in such shows enhances learners' understanding of social interactions and cultural norms. This exposure to unique vocabulary enriches language skills and broadens learners' linguistic repertoire.
Keira RosarioAug 15th, 2023
What are the benefits of learning vocabulary from period dramas like Bridgerton story?