Originally Posted by TheOracle
"Effortlessly" as in, if I want to say: Where is the bathroom in this restaurant? Do I need a key? I can do that without spending ten seconds remembering the word for 'key'. Kids are fluent in a language by the time they enter kindergarten. It's about that kind of effort, I think, that Grendel was talking about.
NOT effort like, "thinking that language" or "articulating perfectly" or whatever.
The definition did not operationally define "effortlessly".
Most deaf never achieve native fluency in English because even if it is the only language they have, they have not been able to acquire it. It has to be taught. The mere fact of teaching it rather than having acquired it on a developmentally appropriate time schedule, beginning at birth, means that additional effort will be necessary.