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Old May 09, 2015, 09:59 AM
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When does one become "happy" with his knowledge in regards to language learning?

When does one become "happy" with his knowledge in regards to language learning?
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Old May 09, 2015, 04:22 PM
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At least for me, when I can hold a conversation on a more than superficial level with a native-born speaker
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Old May 31, 2015, 08:10 AM
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I'd agree with Glen, but - progress is progress. Language learning is far from easy, and no-one should underestimate their achievements so far, nor undervalue it. It's one of the few things these days that defies the quick fix, magic bullet philosophy.
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Old May 31, 2015, 06:28 PM
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ChrisM is right. Each step forward calls for a happy celebration.
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Is it me or does being a language learning (learning Spanish) feel less impressive when around native speakers? Why is this?
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Old June 02, 2015, 10:29 AM
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Is it me or does being a language learning (learning Spanish) feel less impressive when around native speakers? Why is this?
You should not feel that being a learner around a native speaker is less impressive. Instead you should think that you are actually learning another language, which in itself is quite impressive. Think about all those people who never learn any other language than their native language, you are way ahead of them already.
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Old June 02, 2015, 11:29 AM
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You should not feel that being a learner around a native speaker is less impressive. Instead you should think that you are actually learning another language, which in itself is quite impressive. Think about all those people who never learn any other language than their native language, you are way ahead of them already.
Ah, around 99% of English speakers I know more languages whereas some Spanish natives could know Spanish and English (however, there's a Catalan/Spanish native) in Barcelona I know who only speaks Catalan and Spanish.
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It's a tough question. I'm really happy with my progress some days. Then feel like I've not learned much at all other days.
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A Spanish speaker said I should be happy with my Spanish and I speak well but it's just not the same as being native... I guess it will never will be.
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A Spanish speaker said I should be happy with my Spanish and I speak well but it's just not the same as being native... I guess it will never will be.
I work with a Spaniard who has lived in England for over 20 years. He still has a thick Spanish accent and occasionally, he struggles with finding the word(s) in English. When I said to him about learning a Castellano accent rather than Latin American, he said why bother? They'll know you're foreign either way.

This is in no way discouraging rather, a reflection of the challenge and an acknowledgement of how impressive it is we all speak a second language to whatever degree of proficiency. It's fantastic!
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