Alexander
Native languages

Can you have two native languages? Growing up I went to school in English but at home we spoke dutch. I'm fluent in both. Which one would be considered my native language?

Jun 20, 2014 8:03 PM
Comments · 9

Well it really depends whats the "language of your heart". Even for people that grow up with 2 langauges there is always 1 language that touches their hearts the most. You know what I mean? 

You can speak both languages perfectly and think in both languages. But heres a way to test it. Which language are you more emotionally drawn to? 

Ex. Lets say there is somebody you know that speaks English & Dutch like you. If this person does something to really piss you off, what language would you yell at them in? Thats a good way to tell which one is your native language. 

At least I think so...

 

 

June 21, 2014

Hi Alexander! To me, being a native speaker is the same as having learned a language or more than one since you were a child. Don't know what age is exactly, but for example, in my case I came here with nine years. Spanish was a very easy language and I'm sure that I could speak it properly in less than 3 months. I just was learning alone with my mom and some books about verbs and vocabulary pictures pretty similar to Roumanian. Pronunciation didn't result to be a challenge and the advantage was that I had the opportunity to live among Spanish people at school and in my own house.

I think that I learned it as my mother tongue and I didn't compare one with another. So, when I began to study English I didn't feel that natural sensation as with Spanish even if I had nine too. I used to say words in English and then see their meaning in Spanish. And then I saw it would take me a lot of time to learn another language. Well, teachers weren't so good and I didn't find English speakers or go to an academy to improve it.

That's why I consider myself as a native of two languages. I can speak and write fluet both of them and I don't translate words from Roumanian to Spanish as it happens me with English. I must admit that my Roumanian is a mix or change of Spanish words haha.

Hope this helps you.

Have a nice day! :)

June 20, 2014

I would say "yes", it is possible.

But, I have a question:  Which language do you dream in?

 

 

June 21, 2014

well ,I think both of  them are ok .in fact  ,many place have two or there  languages. I  think  it's  normol .don't  you think so ?

June 21, 2014

If you have no foreign accent in either language and a complete adult vocabulary in both languages and feel totally at home expressing yourself and writing in both languages without the grammatical mistakes that would be made by a foreigner and understand all the jokes and jargon... yep... you're native in both languaes. 

 

LUCKY YOU! 

June 21, 2014
Show More
Alexander
Language Skills
Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Learning Language
Italian, Russian, Spanish