Is there a word for this?

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  1. Lucifer666
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    Lucifer666 all the world needs is me

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    Good day everyone.

    So I'm about to cut to the chase:

    Is there any word/phrase that you can use to describe the language you're best at that is not your native language?

    In my case that would be the English language, but, since I do not originally come from an English-speaking country, I cannot call it my native language.

    I thought 'first language' would work, but after some searching, I've figured out that 'first language' is just a synonym for 'native language', so I can't use that either. Same goes for 'mother tongue'.

    Is there any word/phrase you know that I can use?

    I was hoping to write a sentence like "I've lived my entire life here, and that is why the English language has become my _______ language".

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. emigre

    emigre Oh Jeremy Corbyn

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    fluent innit.
     
  3. Thesolcity

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  4. DigitalDeviant

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    I'm not sure about using a comma in your sentence. I would break it up into two sentences

    "I've lived here my entire life. Despite X being my native language I have become quite fluent in X language.

    I'm not sure about a single phrase though.
     
  5. Wizerzak

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  6. bowser

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    Hmm...how about "natural"?
     
  7. Veho

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    Proficient in English?
     
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  9. Eerpow

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    That pretty much nails it.

    What I you can speak 3 languages?

    Is it multilingual or uh... trilingual?

    I just say that I speak 3 languages.
     
  10. Tom Bombadildo

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    I would agree with prominent.
     
  11. gloweyjoey

    gloweyjoey who??

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    I don't think there's a single word that fits the bill, but "most fluent" seems like what you're going for.
     
  13. Shinigami357

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    Just say it's your 'preferred' language. It's how I describe English, seeing as my mother tongue is Filipino.
     
  14. ProtoKun7

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    You could say it's become like your mother tongue, even if it isn't. The simile allows for that.

    I agree with second language, though.