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Old June 02, 2015, 11:37 AM
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Are you envious of people who are native in 2-3 languages?

Ae you envious of people who are native in 2-3 languages?
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Old June 02, 2015, 02:46 PM
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Why should anyone? If you want to speak two or three languages, you learn them.
No one said it's easy or fast, but it's always feasible.
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Old June 03, 2015, 09:18 AM
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Why should anyone? If you want to speak two or three languages, you learn them.
No one said it's easy or fast, but it's always feasible.
How can I learn Russian and Catalan to C2 level?
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Old June 03, 2015, 11:14 AM
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Ae you envious of people who are native in 2-3 languages?
Sorry to be a bit pedantic but you can only ever be truly native in one language; you can be very adept in as many others as wish but they never will be your native tongue.
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Sorry to be a bit pedantic but you can only ever be truly native in one language; you can be very adept in as many others as wish but they never will be your native tongue.
I disagree. Of course you can not become "native" later in life, as the word implies you use the language from birth, but you can become just as good a speaker as someone who used the language from birth. I know plenty of people who grew up bilingually, speaking two languages equally well (in this case they are native, but speak two languages, not just one). I also know plenty of people who have become fluent in another language later in life; and I even know a few who have given up their native languages in favor of other languages after moving to another country.
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Sorry to be a bit pedantic but you can only ever be truly native in one language; you can be very adept in as many others as wish but they never will be your native tongue.
I'm sorry but I have to disagree. My mother and her siblings speak Albanian and Serbian equally well. They grew up with an Albanian father and a Montenegrin mother in Kosovo and went to a Serbian speaking school. There were no predominant ethnicity in the city they were raised at. Native speakers of either language actually think that they are from Montonegro when they speak Serbian or from eastern Kosovo when they speak Albanian.

I grew up trilingual and still speak all of them on a daily basis, although I'd consider German my first language because I went to school in Vienna.
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I kinda envy Catalan and Spanish natives but their English is quite poor... so I probably wouldn't trade it.
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Ae you envious of people who are native in 2-3 languages?

Why did you say that.

If you can learn the language too. No ones born knowing speak two or more languages.





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