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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

First of all, we need to define what "study" means. A 1/2 year old is certainly studying the world, the movements our mouths make to pronounce words and sounds. The baby doesn't have access to grammar ...
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How does immersion passively help with learning a language?

There are a few reasons why immersion helps you learn a language without you actively trying: You encounter the language more often. When you are immersed in a language, you don't go to class and do ...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

I guess when you are not a child anymore what you mean by “without studying” is without resorting to a traditional method like reading grammar books or having a teacher. I do think it is possible to ...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

The linguistics uses the term language acquisition to describe the process of becoming fluent in a given language. This term is selected to address the ambiguity of language studying or language ...
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How can immersion in the language's country improve beginner skills?

When you're immersed in a language's country, you'll be exposed to not only the language, but also: The culture: an integral part of understanding the language; the language grew or morphed based on ...
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Does living in a country where the language is spoken improve the language skill that much?

Speaking on personal authority as someone with an MA in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second/Other Language) you have reached one of the main issues when you say, "I found that there are only a few ...
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Learning Russian from completely beginner to B2/C1

The Test of Russian as a Foreign Language or TORFL has six levels that are mapped to the six levels of the CEFR. So the Second Level Certificate (TORFL-II) in the TORFL should correspond to B2 in the ...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

I'm going to say both yes and no Babies don't study with intent. Meaning that they don't know they are studying. They also have nothing to fill their minds except learning how to communicate. People ...
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Studies on average time by full immersion in 2nd+ language to become conversant?

I'm not sure such studies exist. There are probably only examples, and there is only one good example that I know of: Daniel Everett is a famous monolingual fieldworker of the type you're asking ...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

I understand your question as "can someone become fluent in a language with almost no (recognizable) effort. In order to answer your question, I have to tell you a story about myself. I'm not gifted ...
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Does learning a new language while in the target country instead of learning the current language reach the goal of acquiring both faster in the end?

Being in-country only helps if you take advantage of it. It's totally possible to be in the target language country but barely learn anything. Thus, you should focus on Korean while in Korea, but it's ...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

According to me, it's totally possible because an important part of citizens of a country speaks fluently their language without to know its vocabulary. The only thing that we have to do for speaking ...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

A really good way is movies with subtitles. For example, if you already know English and are trying to learn French, Get a French movie. Watch it with English subtitles. You're already picking up ...
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Can one become fluent in a language without studying it formally?

I have a friend who learnt a language entirely by watching T.V. in it when he was young (by young I mean around 5-7 years old). The language was similar to his native language, but it was still ...
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Learning Russian from completely beginner to B2/C1

In addition to Christophe Strobbe's answer: because you can dedicate another 60+ hours per week to your study of Russian, as you disclosed in comments, it should be feasible. Consider immersing ...
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Any online discussion forums in a Germanic language other than English or German?

I follow sparsely and comment even more sparsely on the Swedish roleplaying forum at http://www.rollspel.nu/forum Some newspapers or public broadcasting companies have open comments under some or all ...
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Does living in a country where the language is spoken improve the language skill that much?

All things being equal, it is certainly better to live in-country, but it's not necessary or even guaranteed to help much. I lived in the Middle East for a couple of years and managed to not approach ...
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Specific techniques for learning Danish and Norwegian at the same time

In my experience, it is better to reach at least B2 in one language before attempting one of its close relatives. For example, my Spanish and Mandarin have reached a point where I can dabble in French ...
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Learning Russian from completely beginner to B2/C1

In my personal opinion... Studying for 20 hours/week for one year in a classroom is not going to be enough to reach B2 level. For example, there are programs to prepare foreign students for studying ...
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