I was born in Peru and at the age of 5 entered an American School in Lima. By the time I came to the United States at 8, I had a foundation in English. I was "immersed" in a school that expected me to speak English, but that had such a large population of Spanish-speakers (mostly from Cuba) that it was "normal" to speak both languages - Spanish and English. This environment helped in my transition to a new country with a relatively new language.
What are some of your experiences learning a language-- your primary language or other languages?