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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

DIALANG is a free language diagnosis system available from Lancaster University. It reports your level of skill against the Common European Framework (CEFR) for language learning. DIALANG languages ...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

It looks like there is no current internationally recognized method to describe language fluency. If it is helpful though, you can view a list of language proficiency tests for each language. Check ...
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How to start thinking in a new language

Don't be worried, it takes years to begin thinking in a second language. According to Fluentin3Months, Thinking in a new language is a decision you can make. If you know even a few dozen key grammar ...
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Is there any language simply too difficult for non-native speakers to learn/speak?

There is at least one natural language (as opposed to the conlang Ithkuil mentioned by michau) that is impossible for non-native speakes to learn: Sentinelese. The reason is that it will probably cost ...
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How does the CEFRL work?

The CEFRL scale is a way of describing a language user's proficiency with that language. There are three level groups: A (basic), B (independent/intermediate), and C (proficient). Each level group has ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

The approach I would take is to find coursebooks teaching the language at the various levels, look through them, and estimate my level based on that. Once you have an idea of where you might be - for ...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is the international standard used outside the U.S. It has six levels, ranging from A1 to C2. The U.S. Interagency Language Roundtable ILR is scaled ...
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How can I advance beyond conversational proficiency while not immersed?

The advice for most people in your situation is try something different, to broaden your overall knowledge of the language. From the sound of it, your strength is in speaking, and perhaps to a lesser ...
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How to start thinking in a new language

From my experience, I suddenly found myself thinking in English (second language) when I had argued in English a lot in a company, then went out and still thinking about the matter of the argument, ...
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Will having a part time or freelancing translation job affect my effort of thinking in second language?

I think I understand where you're coming from, however, I don't think you need to worry. You already seem to have a fairly good understanding of English, and translating from Persian to English is ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

One of the simplest options is to find a native speaker and start conversing. An advantage to this particular strategy is that if you have discipline-specific vocabulary you want to test, you can try ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

In addition to @Laure's answer, DIALANG is also available on a website under the subdomain of Lancaster University's official site. The web application requires cookies, JavaScript, and popups to be ...
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How can I describe my language proficiency in an internationally recognized way?

At the moment, there seems to be no internationally recognised way of describing language proficiency if "international" is interpreted as "worldwide". The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)...
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How does the CEFRL work?

As stated in the linked question, it is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment,...
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How to start thinking in a new language

Start with thinking about a topic that is related to the activities you do in your target language. If you read novels or watch films, think about the plot. If you chat with people, think about what ...
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How to speak faster

I struggle with the same issue while learning Spanish. My ability to listen and understand is much higher than my ability to speak. I use the following to improve: Exercise your conversation. Try ...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

Depending on the language you are learning, there could be training sets for the official language tests. For German, for example, the Goethe Institut offers practice sets that are roughly equal in ...
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How to avoid an English accent in Hebrew

I'm no expert in Hebrew, but I did find this extremely helpful YouTube playlist of 6 videos that directly addresses difficult pronunciation sounds in Hebrew for native English speakers. The videos are ...
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Technical term for aural proficiency in a language

TL;DR Passive speaker You've probably seen something like this before, +-----------------+-----------+------------+ | LANGUAGE SKILLS | RECEPTIVE | PRODUCTIVE | +-----------------+-----------+-------...
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How can I estimate my proficiency level (A1-C2)?

The descriptions of the CEFR levels are not based on vocabulary size or grammar, but on "can-do statements". You can find a lot of information about the CEFR on the website of the Council of Europe, ...
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How to speak faster

Try carrying on a running commentary in your mind, or even in a quiet voice, as you walk along the street or do shopping, study road conditions, plan your evening's activities, etc. As you acquire ...
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Is it possible to archive L2 speaking skills as good as the native speakers?

To answer your question, I feel the second question must be answered first. L2 learners must be continually learning the L2 because native speakers are continually learning their own language if we ...
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Difference between C1 and C2

I would characterize a C2 has someone who has a "complete," but not "perfect" command of a language. That s/he knows most of what an educated native speaker would know, but will make occasional ...
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Difference between C1 and C2

You can find the definitions and a self-assesment grid at Council of Europe's website: https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/level-descriptions See the website for ...
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Is there any language simply too difficult for non-native speakers to learn/speak?

If we take conlangs into account, Ithkuil is such a language. Wikipedia says: "No person, including Quijada [the creator of the language], is known to be able to speak Ithkuil fluently.". However, we ...
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How can I advance beyond conversational proficiency while not immersed?

Join a conversation group Universities, study institutions and even private organisations have conversation groups where you can use your language skills to converse with others, over a Skype call, ...
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How to overcome my dread of speaking in Spanish?

To me, in spite of you having been learning Spanish for 5 years, and that you have a Spanish speaking family, you don't seem too deeply connected to the Spanish speaking culture. I'm in the other ...
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How does flow relate to language competency? Can it be taught/learned?

K. Anders Ericsson, the father of deliberate practice and expert on learning, pretty much destroys flow as a good learning method in this article. It is clear that skilled individuals can sometimes ...
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