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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 are Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish-gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish. DIALANG has instructions ...


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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 the table below to convert your proficiency results to different regional test scores:


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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 words you can begin to think in your target language thanks largely to the 80/20 rule in language learning. It is easier than speaking in the language because ...


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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 two levels, for a total of 6 different categories of proficiency. Note: these are rough generalizations of the levels, not exact specifications. A A level ...


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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 your life. The Sentinelese language is spoken by the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island, a small island (47.5 km2) that is part of the Andaman and Nicobar ...


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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 instance, either B1 or B2 - check a few cours books by other publishers in that range - that should help you narrow it down. Typically a lot of research goes ...


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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 from 0 to 5, with intermediate ranges of 0+, 1+, 2+, 3+ and 4+. Call them from 0.5 to 4.5. The CEFR C2 level, specifically excludes ILR's 5.0 or "native," so ...


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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 extent, listening. That suggests that you are "relatively" weak in reading and writing. In that case, try your hand at say, reading, and by this, I mean poetry ...


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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, continued in my mind discussion, seeking persuasive words etc. The language level: during the argue for me there was no need to think "how to translate (...


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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 definitely not going to harm your English skills, rather, it should help your mind better understand the difference between the two languages, and (this idea ...


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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 to find a native speaker in that discipline to speak with. If a native speaker isn't readily available, websites like italki offer 1-on-1 video lessons with ...


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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 enabled. Chrome is recommended.


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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) is your best bet in Europe, but even in Europe, not all employers may be familiar with it. Note that the CEFR was created by the Council of Europe (CoE), ...


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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,abbreviated in English as CEFR or CEF or CEFRL (compared to the German abbreviations GeR or GeRS, the French abbreviation CECR, the Italian QCER, or the Spanish MCER), is ...


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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 to get into a conversation in your language of choice as much as possible. E.g. get classes, get in contact with the community, go to the Chinese barber, etc. ...


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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 they told you, or about what you want to tell them. If you attend lectures, take notes in the target language and learn from them without using your native ...


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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 difficulty to the actual language test. It might take you two hours or so to finish but afterwards you should have a good idea of how your overall language ...


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TL;DR Passive speaker You've probably seen something like this before, +-----------------+-----------+------------+ | LANGUAGE SKILLS | RECEPTIVE | PRODUCTIVE | +-----------------+-----------+------------+ | | | | | Auditory | Listening | Speaking | | | | | | Textual ...


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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, which developed the framework. For example, for the lowest level, A1, Global scale provides the following description: Can understand and use familiar ...


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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 also very recent, as the last one was posted in September 2015.


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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 facility in monologue-mode, you'll probably notice increased speed and sophistication in real dialogues. I've used this trick when learning European languages. I ...


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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 are honest about it. Perhaps, as a native speaker of Southern-American English, I learn new British-English or slang from another part of the country, or as ...


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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 cannot be sure if it is an actual human language, that is, if it is possible to be a native speaker of Ithkuil. As far as I know, nobody has tried to teach it ...


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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, messaging or just in person. There's not a specific format for this kind of discourse, but often it varies. You can converse with learners at the same level as ...


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To me, in spite of you are 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 corner, I'm from a Spanish speaking country and I wanted to learn English (like most people). I find myself thinking in English many times. Why does this happen? I believe ...


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As a native English speaker who lives in England, I have heard some teenagers from the Netherlands who have a neutral English accent that for about 15 minutes I thought were English, the problem is that with very high-level English the density of idiomatic phrases becomes impossible to avoid and I will at one point or another realise they is something ...


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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 experience highly enjoyable states (‘‘flow’’ as described by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, 1990) during their performance. These states are, however, ...


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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 mistakes of accent, grammar, or idiom that will mark one as a non-native speaker. In the language of chess or other games, I would call this person a "master," with a ...


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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 the definitions in other languages. Definitions C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different ...


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