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--- On Mon, 9/5/11, Gary Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I've always heard and used L1 =
> native language, L2 = fluent second
> language. I would not accord L2 status to someone who took
> a semester
> of Spanish in high school. To be a true L2 (in my
> understanding) requires a reasonable level of fluency.

That's how I've always understood it when used here and other language
related forums.

Padraic

> 
> --gary
> 
> On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM, Dale McCreery <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > This is how at least Russian works (L1 being your
> first foreign language)
> > but in Canada (in my experience), your first language
> is a synonym for
> > your mother tongue, and your second language would be
> your first
> > non-mother tongue language.
> >
> > -muskwatch
>