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    I deleted the post that I wrote here because now I think that the question is meaningless, and it is kind of an awkward question.
    Last edited by JiwonAsaCheon; 08-Sep-2017 at 12:22.

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    #2

    Re: can I call myself a native speaker?

    You can call yourself bilingual.

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    Re: can I call myself a native speaker?

    English is a language you have learnt, so you are not a native speaker.

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    Re: can I call myself a native speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by JiwonAsaCheon View Post
    I just happened to read a thread that had been discussing about a situation similar to mine. The repliers said that if you grew up speaking it, and if it comes naturally to you, you can say it's your native language
    If you grew up speaking English as your first (or joint first) language, probably because at least one of your parents was a native speaker, then you are a native speaker. If you didn't, you are not. You cannot change that fact, no matter how proficient your English is today.

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    Re: can I call myself a native speaker?

    If native speakers can't spot that you are not a native speaker, then I don't really see why you can't consider yourself to be one. It's like a Turing Test for artificial intelligence.

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