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A native speaker never stops learning his or her language. There is always something new to learn. There are ways to improve on what you think you've mastered.
Languages are ever-changing. There is no possible way to learn everything. You'll spend a lifetime trying to master your native tongue.
True. What's easier to master? A foreign or native language?
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I began learning Spanish in nineteen seventy after a fellow Brit said how rude we Brits are expecting everybody to understand English. So when I returned from Lloret de Mar in September I commenced learning. By Christmas I'd got a bit behind and packed it up. However in mid-January we were called out on strike which lasted until early March so I resumed my studies. I now manage fairly well but I still continue looking-up points of grammar, especially when I'm corrected by my Spanish señora, or my daughter who has an 'A' level in Spanish and used to live in Alicante!
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I think it is easier to master your native tongue, but you can always get a high level of proficiency in other languages as well... :-)
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Could someone LOVE a language but not like the country?
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Of course. You may love English but hate USA, and love India or Jamaica or Australia or The Philippines or UK. The same would go for Spanish: hate Spain but love Argentina or Mexico or USA... Or you can dislike all those countries, and just have a love for the language. There's lots of variables.
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Of course. You may love English but hate USA, and love India or Jamaica or Australia or The Philippines or UK. The same would go for Spanish: hate Spain but love Argentina or Mexico or USA... Or you can dislike all those countries, and just have a love for the language. There's lots of variables.
Reading a Spanish book in England seems different to reading one in Spain. Why?
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I don't think I would notice the difference, but speaking Castilian in Spain is different from speaking Spanish in NYC for me.
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I don't think I would notice the difference, but speaking Castilian in Spain is different from speaking Spanish in NYC for me.
Why is it different?
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The vocabulary and accent is quite different, and I am more accustomed to conversing with new-world Spanish speakers .
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I have little trouble understanding well educated Hispanophones regardless of where they're from, however I do occasionally struggle to follow ill-educated people with marked regional accents, whether they're European or Latin American.

That's not snobbery at all by the way, I hold very liberal views. I actually have as much difficulty with really strong local English accents. The far north east of England has a very marked accent almost incomprehensible to the rest of the UK - 'Geordie' it's called.
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