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Distinguished (S 4): Near-Mother-Tongue Proficiency speaking



If you want to speak the language almost like a mother-tongue speaker, you will

  • need many years in the speech community, and
  • have to work at learning after you can communicate the basics.

Very few people achieve this goal unless they emigrate to another country relatively early in life, but it is possible and is a worthy goal. You need this proficiency if your job requires

  • diplomacy
  • the ability to express sophisticated nuances of meaning
  • the ability to hint at things not directly expressed.
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