To answer that question, we need to get to the question's core issue - what does bilingual actually mean? According to Oxford dictionary, being bililngual in specific two languages means being fluent in them. Furthermore, there are different ways of expressing yourself in a given language - writing, reading, speaking. Being bilingual eventually narrows down to the perspective; whilst some believe they are bilingual based on the ability of expressing themselves, others believe that being bilingual means that you're acknowledged of both languages to the same extent.
There's a variety of both professional and unprofessional opinions on the related topic, which leads to a conclusion that It is a matter of a personal opinion - what does bilingual mean to you?
It's a fair question. To me, someone who is brought up speaking 2 language as their native tongues is bilingual. On the other hand, if someone learns a foreign language to a high level as an adult, I consider them to be a speaker of a foreign language and not bilingual, even if their level in that language is similar to their native language. I'm no expert though...
I am bilingual Russian - Swedish because those are the languages I spoke at home, in school and with friends. I speak fluently in other languages but I wouldn't call myself bilingual in them, I call myself fluent...
Being bilingual simply means that you can speak two languages fluently. :)
Tagalog is my native language (mother tongue, first language) because that's the first language I learned to speak fluently. I then learned English (second language). Since I can communicate using both fluently, I am bilingual. I still have just one mother tongue/native language though.
My husband grew up in the States and learned both English and Tagalog growing up. In his case, he has two "first languages" since he mastered/learned two at the same time. He learned French when he got to college so he is now multilingual. He writes Tagalog as his mother tongue simply because he's Filipino but since he also grew up speaking straight English at home (he actually has better English than he does Tagalog), he also writes Native English speaker when he applies for jobs. :)
To answer that question, we need to get to the question's core issue.What does Bilingual actually mean? According to Oxford's dictionary, being bililngualin specific two languages means being fluent in them. Furthermore, there are different ways of expressing yourself in a given language - writing, reading,speaking. Beingbilingualeventuallynarrows down to the perspective;whilstsomebelieve they are bilingual based on the ability of expressingthemselves,othersbelieve that being bilingual means that you'reacknowledgedof both languages to the same extent, orper se, one doesn't drag the other down and vice versa. There's a variety of both professional and unprofessional opinions on the related topic, which leads to a conclusion that It is a matter of a personal opinion-what does bilingual mean to you?