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I began learning British English in Fifth Grade in a foreign country. It was easy because the curriculum was adapted for middle/high school students both grammatically and lexically. I learned American English after coming to the U.S. at the age of 28. It was very difficult first two years.
My family's patience, acceptance of my mistakes and encouragement were three instrumental factors. I'm thankful to friends of my family and my American neighbours for neglecting my accent and talking with me about gardening, cooking, or just weather; they are brilliant.
Learning language and trying to continue an established career (not a job) are two most challenging things. People in the larger metro area represented some challenge. Some acted as if I were mentally inadequate because my English didn't sound local enough. I would be willing to hug each and all of them if only they spoke, read, and wrote in my mother tongue at the level I do it.
Five years in the English-speaking environment is a reasonable amount of time to embrace language skills. Older kids need more motivation. No one can learn foreign language in their sleep, just ask Gov. Schwarzenegger or former U.S. secretary of state Kissinger. Motivation and positive attitude are very helpful.
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