What do you consider to be a person's "native language"?
So, yeah. FSU and I were talking about whether I should take the JLPT or not in Dec. I'm thinking about taking it simply because I want to know where my reading comp is in terms of the test and I didn't start learning kanji until 6-7 years ago. But at the same time, the test isn't meant for "native speakers". Because of that, I've been spending most of tonight looking into what one's "native language" is and about basic language acquisition theory according to Wikipedia (hence the brain splatter all over the place here. >.<; )
As some people are aware, I'm second generation Japanese-Canadian. And as far as FSU and I have been able to guess (male parental won't say; perhaps he doesn't remember), I *probably* learned to speak Japanese first and English second. However, as a family, we pretty much always spoke English at home once all us kids were in school. (And for those who might be curious, my mom taught me hiragana and katakana when I was 8 or 9 and I managed to remember some of the hiragana characters (70-80%?) up until when I started actively trying to learn how to read (around 15 years later with the Ranma 1/2 manga series). Sadly, I didn't remember any katakana and had to use a kana chart when I first started reading. My kanji learning started ~6-7 years ago when I started wanting to read doujinshi and certain novels. (Most of my comprehension/vocab was picked up during the three years I lived in Japan ('97-'00). I spent a lot of time listening and trying to speak the language although I never actively studied the grammar. (I did try sitting in on one class on keigo and it went completely over my head.))) >.>
A bit of a dilemma as it's the same issue that kept me from taking the test last year as well. *sigh*