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    #11

    Re: Teenage stage

    You could say:

    He was in Japan from the ages of ten to twenty. That's when he learned Japanese.
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    #12

    Re: Teenage stage

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Can I also say "He learned Japanese during his adolescence"?

    Sure you can. However, it's not a word I use. And I believe I am typical in that respect.

    I am thinking that it might be one of only a very few chances you will get to use that word. Maybe ten years will go by before you get another such chance. And it's a chance you don't want to miss. I wouldn't, but since you want to, go right ahead.
    Are you talking about adolescence?

    It's really not as rare a word as you might think. It isn't at all typical for people not to use it.

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    #13

    Re: Teenage stage

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Can I also say "He learned Japanese during his adolescence"?

    Sure you can. However, it's not a word I use. And I believe I am typical in that respect.
    I've used it frequently.
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    #14

    Re: Teenage stage

    Quote Originally Posted by smithclarkson01 View Post
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    #15

    Re: Teenage stage

    Adolescence is a perfectly good word, but if you want to speak unalloyed vernacular, say:

    He learned Japanese growing up.

    That's all adolescence is, really.
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    #16

    Re: Teenage stage

    Opinions differ, obviously.
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    #17

    Re: Teenage stage

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Adolescence is a perfectly good word, but if you want to speak unalloyed vernacular, say:

    He learned Japanese growing up.

    That's all adolescence is, really.
    Sorry, that can't replace "during his adolescence" for me. The latter is the teenage years, more or less; the former is a person's life until adulthood.
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    #18

    Re: Teenage stage

    barrysingh101, please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

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    #19

    Re: Teenage stage

    Quote Originally Posted by Maybo View Post
    Do we say "teenage stage"?
    I found "be in your teens" at https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/teens
    So I think it is possible to say "He learned Japanese when he was in his teens".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #20

    Re: Teenage stage

    That is possible but many native speakers consider "in one's teens" to refer more to the early years. If you said to me "Bob learned Japanese in his teens", I would assume he was perhaps 13-16 years old. I would not take it to mean, for example, that he started learning Japanese when he was 19.
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