Are you more fluent in your second language compared to your first language?
February 2, 2010 3:06am CST
My first language is Malay language, followed by English and Arabic. However, I realized that I'm more fluent in speaking and writing English compared to Malay. I use Malay language for daily speaking but somehow it's gotten worst day by day. I even experienced failing Malay language in my exam while scoring A plus for both Arabic and English. It's not that I don't like the language, but I found it hard when it comes to language structure and the grammar. What about you?
6 Feb 10
My first language is Chinese (Cantonese dialect) as both my parents spoke that language. As a child growing up in a English speaking nation, my English skills eventually exceed my speaking ability in my mother tongue. I did learn Chinese when I was a child, but it was in the Mandarin dialect (and made it harder for me to pick up the language) and due to dancing lessons I quit Chinese. However a couple of years afterwards I quit dancing (ha ha ha...) and picked up Chinese again when I began high school. I completely struggled with that language and gave up when I was in the 10th grade. I'm now going to pick it up again as I enter university :P Hopefully my luck gets better with this attempt :D So to answer your question, I am more fluent in my second language, especially since my reading and especially writing abilities are greatly diminished in my mother tongue.
8 Feb 10
haha, great to have someone in the same boat with me. sometimes, I'm afraid that people might think that I'm not a good citizen for forgetting my own language, but it can't be helped because my parents has been exposing us with English more than our first language. wow, you had dancing lesson? i always wanted to learn dancing, but i'm too fat for that! hahaha~
4 Feb 10
My first language is German, but since moving to the US, I've used it less and less. Over the years, I've become extremely fluent in English and I've lost a lot of German. I never really practiced it once we moved so it just faded away slowly. I've been practicing it a lot more lately however! One of my friend's knows more German than I do now!
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3 Feb 10
For me second language is so hard to learn. English is my second language, I found it's to hard to remember all the word and writing is so hard.Every sentence I start with I, and don't know how to expain my opinion exactly and always write wrong words!
8 Feb 10
It's okay.. it's pretty challenging to learn a new language, but as long as you have a strong will to discover new things, and not afraid to try, I'm sure you will become a good English speaker sooner ^^ Use mylot as one way of improving your English. good luck!
2 Feb 10
my mother tongue is 'tamil' which is one of the 'indian language', then use Malay n English in school i scored A for my Malay maybe because i had to put extra time for this as it determines our overall passing grades for our exams here English, yup got an A for this as well, but the papers were not that difficult, it was customized to suit the community as it is only a 2nd language but i dont write or read in tamil, as the opportunity to study the language was not available easily, furthermore passing in this language does not carry much weight in overall grades