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I think the answer would be yes for the first part of my question, but I am not sure what it would be if we seek fluency in all languages that we learn at the same time (maybe 2 or 3 languages).

  • Are you aware of the difference between fluency and proficiency? Can you please clarify whether your question is about proficiency (which is more general, i.e. the level you reach) or just about the more specific aspect know as fluency (which is often contrasted with accuracy)? – Christophe Strobbe Oct 26 '16 at 9:31
  • @ChristopheStrobbe Your question led me to do some search to understand deeply the difference between fluency and proficiency and I can confirm that my question is about fluency. Thanks. – aettanany Oct 26 '16 at 16:14
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Yes, in fact, American teenager Tim Doner could speak 20 languages by the time he graduated high school. He studied several languages simultaneously and is fluent in some of them, the ones he has had the most experience with. This should go without saying, but doing what he did requires an immense amount of dedication.

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    Note that "fluency" is a very vague concept, so the statement that he's fluent says very little. For some people A2/B1 may mean fluent, for others the standard for fluency is around C2. – michau Oct 1 '16 at 19:38
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    @michau I agree, but the questions asks: is it possible to become fluent, and while Tim might not be fluent in every language he speaks, he definitely is fluent in some. – fi12 Oct 1 '16 at 19:52
  • Well, in the answer you wrote "and is fluent in all of them"... – michau Oct 2 '16 at 21:07
  • @michau point taken, thanks for the suggestion. – fi12 Oct 2 '16 at 21:55
  • My criterion for proficiency (not fluency as I wrote in a previous comment) is C1 in the CEFR. This is the level required to pass several proficiency tests for access to universities in foreign countries, e.g. TestDaF in Germany. C2 is often described as "near native", but you don't need to reach that level to be fluent, IMHO. – Christophe Strobbe Nov 29 '16 at 19:41

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