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One answer: Absolutely!
I say this because I know many people who were born in non-English speaking countries, lived in their non native English country for a long time, and are now speaking English like a native.
So the question is how did they do it?
- They all had to learn it through school or courses and went from the lowest level to as high as they could go.
They knew that there was no easy path, and mastering English is no different to mastering anything, you have to learn from the best and know it all takes time.
- They all had a clear personal goal for learning the language .
For each person it varies, but here are the most common:
- To become an ESL teacher themselves
- To be able to travel easily and see the world
- To meet a future partner from the English speaking world
- To enjoy the books, films and television from the English speaking world
- To work in an international organisation
- To just enjoy the language
- They all had an unstoppable drive to reach their goal no matter what.
They knew full well that no one gets anywhere without drive. They took (and still take) every opportunity to use their English whenever possible and if their passport allows it, they travel and try to stay in an English speaking country for as long as they can.
So I guess what I am saying is that if you are a non native speaker and are striving to be able to speak like a native YOU WILL achieve your goal, but only if you know you want it more than anything.
Go ahead – just keep going and going and going.
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