- I can speak more in your language than you can speak in mine.
- I can answer 20 questions about myself that are always asked of me whenever I meet a new person on Skype, and I always get complimented on how well I speak.
- I don't need a translator to get around the country.
- My friends always understand everything I say.
- I can talk around words that I don't know yet.
- I have completed Pimsleur III.
- I majored in the language at my university.
- I used to live in a country where the language is spoken.
- I sometimes get asked to interpret for customers who don't speak English.
- I can hold a conversation entirely in the language.
- I stopped buying language textbooks/courses a long time ago.
- I'm better than all the other students in my language class.
- I got a job because I speak the language.
- Whenever I need to look up a word, I always use a monolingual dictionary.
- People mistake me for a native when I answer the phone.
- I can read a novel in the language with only the occasional use of a dictionary.
- People no longer switch to English when they talk to me.
- I have 2 friends from the country and they both agree I'm pretty good at their language.
- I am good enough to communicate my ideas on foreign TV shows.
- I can read newspapers and books with ease and understand conversations or watch TV.
- I have studied thousands of words and can conjugate any verb.
- I had a 2-hour conversation in the language with someone who couldn't speak any English.
- My tutor told me I was fluent, so I guess I am.
- I could survive in a country where the language is spoken if I had to.
- My psychic said I would be fluent by this time, and she should know.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
25 ways English native speakers define fluency in a foreign language
Here is a list of ways to tell if you are fluent in your foreign language. Actually, I just made this up for fun.