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Thread poster: golf264
golf264  Identity Verified
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Aug 29, 2007

How is it possible to declare more than one native language?? On the settings page of for languages, the possibility exists for only one language, with a side note that it will become possible to declare more than one language in the near future. But it has already been a while now with no change.
Any idea anyone?
Thanks ahead.

[Bijgewerkt op 2007-08-29 20:40]

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Mette Stroander  Identity Verified
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Contact Proz assistance Aug 29, 2007


I had the same problem so I contacted the Proz-assistance and they inserted the second native language straight away..

Good luck

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Florencia Vita
Local time: 13:02
Native language options Aug 30, 2007

Dear all,

Any user of the site is allowed to enter one or two native languages.

A member who reports having only one native language is assumed to be a native speaker of that language, and is not required to demonstrate it. However, members who report multiple native languages will in the future be asked to demonstrate their native speech in each language before other native speakers of those languages. Until this has been accomplished, a black and gray icon will be associated with the unconfirmed native languages.

You may find it helpful to read the Native Language Credential FAQ: . Here you will find information regarding the credential system being used for native languages.

If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to submit a support ticket.

Kind regards,

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writeaway  Identity Verified

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"assumed" is the key word. Sep 3, 2007

Florencia Vita wrote:

A member who reports having only one native language is assumed to be a native speaker of that language, and is not required to demonstrate it.

False claims about native language(s) are a serious problem on the site. They undermine the overall integrity. Profile pages are often pages of unbridled fiction as is, but bogus native language claims are the worst of all and really unacceptable. All language claims should be checked by impartial, true native speakers of the language. The endless production of out and out lies on the profile pages may be unstoppable, but surely language claims at least ought to be bona fide. Some integrity is necessary after all.
Since people are so keen to claim native-level skills in foreign languages, often forgetting/ignoring that speaking like a native and writing like a native are 2 different things, why not allow people to rate their fluency levels? That may reduce the need some people feel to misstate their true native language.

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