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    Question bilingual, by native

    Chinese is my native language. And, I can speak English. When I wrote a personal profile, I said "bilingual ... specialist". However, I got a concern from my friend. She said that only native speakers of two languages could be called "bilingual". Is it correct? Thanks!

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    Re: bilingual, by native

    No your friend is wrong as long as you speak 2 languages you are bilingual
    You can trust me because sociolinguistics is my field
    You are bilingual


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    Question Re: bilingual, by native

    My friend is now fighting back. She said that definition of "bilingual" from Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary (7th) is like this: Bilingual, using or being able to use two languages esp. with the fluency characteristic of a native speaker. Now it is a war of honor to me. Am I bilingual, or not? Thank you!

    Emily, a person who loves argument


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    Re: bilingual, by native

    Quote Originally Posted by emily wong View Post
    My friend is now fighting back. She said that definition of "bilingual" from Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary (7th) is like this: Bilingual, using or being able to use two languages esp. with the fluency characteristic of a native speaker. Now it is a war of honor to me. Am I bilingual, or not? Thank you!

    Emily, a person who loves argument
    If you use English with fluency [which need not mean with accuracy!], you are bilingual.
    Why does your friend think you are not?

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