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A bilingual person has the ability to speak two languages fluently, either natively or by learning at some point later in life. Many people all over the world are bilingual. A multilingual person can speak more than two languages fluently. A trilingual person can speak three languages fluently.

In a narrow sense, a bilingual is someone who was surrounded by both languages throughout their childhood, and speak both languages with equal proficiency, as if having two mother tongues. As such, examples of places or circumstances in which bilinguals are mostly found include:

In a broader sense, a person who speaks a second language with an significant fluency is often termed a bilingual (such as a Dutchmanman who has been learning English since age 9).

There are, obviously, more bilinguals using the second definition than there are using the first one.

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