Concerning Tdol's post, I've never bumped into someone who's got a native level in any language without going abroad. If so, it could certainly take a whole life for her/him to reach it.
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But unfortunately I couldn't find French rules and grammer and some writing palatable to me for the whole two years I've studied at the school, I prefered the language i used to for a lot of years than enduring two .
Regards to you and all French people :)
philadelphia, Our French teacher said that the people who live in the south in France speak a language is MUCH different to the north and their French differs a lot for the puplic and formal one, He couldn't understand them . Is that right?
Anyway (i) you have to define exactly what you mean by a "native level in a language," and (ii) the fact that you have never bumped into someone with a specific quality does not mean he or she does not exist.
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I thought it was a truly astonishing achievement and have met one other who had done it since then, though the first one did it in pre-internet days when access to spoken texts would have been much harder, so he must have done it by ear and speaking to people he met.
You can strive for perfection, but it's a good idea to be prepared to settle for fluency, or even comprehension. One of the great writers of English literature, Joseph Conrad, was Polish and English was his third language- to become a major writer in your third language, and one he didn't learn until were well into his adult years, is extraordinary. Few can do it in their first language, but we needn't feel we have failed if we can't emulate him. And he spoke English with a foreign accent.
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