native country

Discussion in 'Comments and Suggestions' started by LV4-26, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. LV4-26

    LV4-26 Senior Member

    This can sound as a stupid question but...
    In the user's profile there are a few data we're supposed to give and I'm not sure about this one.
    Is "native country" the same as "birth country" (if such an expression exists).
    I mean I'm French, I speak French but I was born in Ivory Coast (my parents were staying there when I was born). What should I type as my native country ?
  2. cuchuflete

    cuchuflete Senior Member

    Maine, EEUU
    Hi LV4-26,

    I suppose the literal meaning is the country of your birth, but most people would be perfectly happy to know which country you consider to be your "home". There is no firm rule..You are welcome to state whatever is most comfortable for you.

    If you feel that you are French, than France is your country. If you were living in some other place, France would still be your country.

    Did I give you an answer you can use? I hope so.


  3. LV4-26

    LV4-26 Senior Member

    This makes perfect sense. Thanks a lot, cuchu.
  4. mkellogg Administrator

    South Florida
    English - US
    Yes, the idea is that people know where your native language skills come from. Maybe the more appropriate question would be "Where did you grow up?"


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