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Anyone here fluent in basque?

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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 9 of 12
12 October 2013 at 8:15am | IP Logged 
oziohume wrote:

BTW: New Real Madrid player Asier Illaramendi is a native Basque speaker, you can see him
speaking easily in Youtube videos, and he struggles strongly with Spanish.

I just saw an interview with him and I do not understand how you can say that he struggles with Spanish. He
pronounced a hell of a lot more "s" than I would in my Andalusian dialect, but apart from that he sounds
absolutely native to me. There are a lot of different accents within Spain, but I would not have thought twice
about declaring him a native Spanish speaker. What specifically did you feel he was struggling with?
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 Message 10 of 12
12 October 2013 at 12:08pm | IP Logged 
He comes from Mutriku, Gipuzkoa, and I know for a fact he is a native speaker of Basque.
He didn't start learning Spanish until he was older. Besides having a strong accent as
you say, he has problem stringing together phrases.
Here you can see him talking he´s native language where you can see the difference with
him speaking his second language:
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12 October 2013 at 1:02pm | IP Logged 
I've watched a couple of Youtube interviews with him in Spanish, and I can't say that he seems to have much more
trouble stringing together sentences and answering questions than other footballers in similar situations. I don't
doubt that he's native speaker of Basque or that he didn't learn Spanish at home nor that he feels more comfortable
speaking Basque than Spanish, but I haven't seen any evidence that he is actually struggling in Spanish.
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13 October 2013 at 11:23am | IP Logged 
As far as I know,Illaramendi speaks Spanish like a native speaker with a basque accent.

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