note: you are not bilingual if you just randomly leaned a language that is of no relevance to your life. like if you studied Spanish in school for 8 years.. even if you know Spanish really well, that is not bilingualism.
a TRUE bilingual grows up with 2 languages from the day you are born, essentailly giving you 2 mother tongues. most likely these languages are your parents native language and of course the language of the country you were raised in. if you studied a language, you are not bilingual.
i speak English and hebrew both perfectly. we always spoke hebrew at home when i lived in america, so my hebrew was always great. but then a few years ago when i moved back to israel it really became perfect. not surprize there. before i moved back to israel my hebrew was still great but when i had to emotionally express myself i usually was at a loss for words. i was never able to REALLY explain or describe something in hebrew either.
what about you guys?
Most Helpful Girl
My native tongue is Russian as I was born to a Russian family. I was born in Lithuania (back when it was still part of the USSR) and thus learned the local language because I grew up there.
I learned English watching Cartoon Network from a very young age which of course gave me the ability to make English my personal bitch by age 5.
So basically I grew up speaking 3 languages, all at the same time when chatting with my brother as we tend to mix words from all three to give our delivery more oomph. I'm sure you're guilty of sliding a few English words into Hebrew and vice versa - sometimes not even intentionally. :p0
Most Helpful Guy
I'm not a true bilingual, but I'm a native speaker in Dutch and French. (and rather fluent in English and German) At 17 or so I was a sailing coach, teaching my pupils in both languages.
My son is a true bilingual. He heard both languages from day 1 and used both when he started speaking. He's a math teacher and taught/teaches in Dutch, French and English.
My 5 month old granddaughter is bilingual too.1