W. Tracy Parnell Posted July 28, 2017 Share Posted July 28, 2017 18 hours ago, Mathias Baumann said: Tracy, I work as a language teacher. I know plenty of people who've lived here in Germany for many years and they're nowhere close to a native speaker's level. In fact some people never reach it. So yes, if Oswald's Russian was good enough to fool native speakers that fact is very remarkable. You're also forgetting that Oswald passed the Marine Corps exam (allegedly) without proper preparation. And that test was probably level L2/R2, which would've required at least 100 to 200 lessons of preparation. So was Oswald a language genius? I could find no evidence in his High School records that would support this. By the way, how long did it take Marina to become fluent in English? That's not a trick question, I'm actually curious about this. If you can prove that it was impossible to learn Russian in the time period that he had to do it, then you would have something. I think he may have had a talent for languages and it is unfortunate that he didn't pursue that through college instead of choosing the path he did. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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