The Language Place

our language levels

What are they & which one is for you?

These are the Council of Europe language levels. They are recognised worldwide.

 

So, what’s your level?

Your level in a second language depends on what you can do in that language. For example, if you can write a simple email to a friend but you can’t write a formal letter to apply for a job then your level of writing is probably A2.
If you can usually understand most people speaking on the phone but not if someone had a strange accent then your level of listening is probably B2.
Your overall level depends on your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills.

How can I find out more about my level?

1.Try our level test

If you already have some knowledge of the language you want to study at The Language Place, we can tell you your level in this language after you do a level test

2.Read the summaries

If you would like to evaluate your level yourself, read the summaries to see what students can do at the end of each level.

3.Contact us for a more in-depth evaluation

If you would like us to test your speaking and listening skills, call in for a chat or send us an email and we’ll call you.

 

Is this you?

A0 Beginner

I can read and guess the meaning of foreign words or phrases that look the same in my language.

I can understand a few basic words or phrases that are international.

I can say a few basic words or phrases that are international.

I can write a few basic words or phrases that are international if my language has the same script.

If you can do some of these, then your level in a second language is probably A0.

If you can do all of these with no problems, read the next level.

 

Is this you?

A1 Elementary - Very Basic User

Reading

I can read and understand words and phrases that I see every day or very often.

I can read and understand very short, very simple sentences, notices and texts.

Listening

I can understand words and phrases that I hear every day or very often.

I can understand some simple questions about myself, where I live, my family, my job, my likes and dislikes when speak very slowly and very clearly so that I can process the question.

Speaking

I can use words and phrases to describe where I live, my family, my job and my likes and dislikes.

I can ask for things I need if other people help me with what I am trying to say.

Writing

I can fill in an application form with personal information, e.g. date of birth, nationality, etc.

I can write a short, very basic text message, note or post card.

If you can do most of these, then your level in a second language is probably A1.

If you can do all of these with no problems, read the next level.

 

Is this you?

A2 Pre-Intermediate - Basic User

Reading

I can read and understand short articles if the language is basic and I know something about the topic.

I can read and understand short, simple notes, emails and letters.

I can find information I want in advertisements, menus, timetables, brochures and on websites.

I can read and understand most newspaper headlines.

Listening

I can understand basic questions about my life, my family, my job, my interests and my country.

I can understand and have a basic telephone conversation when people speak very slowly and clearly.

I can understand and follow simple, clear directions and instructions.

I can understand the main points in short, clear announcements, e.g. at the airport, etc.

Speaking

I can make simple sentences to describe my life, my family, my job, my interests and my country.

I can talk about my education and my present or most recent job at an interview.

I can communicate at work if I can use the same simple language most of the time.

I can have short conversations with native speakers, but

I can’t always find the right words.

Writing

I can write short, simple text messages, notes and postcards.

I can write short, simple work emails and personal emails.

I can write a basic CV.

I can fill in an online job application.

If you can do most of these, then your level in a second language is probably A2.

If you can do all of these with no problems, read the next level.

 

Is this you?

B1 Intermediate - Independent User

Reading

I can read and understand newspaper or magazine texts about topics that I am interested in.

I can read and understand descriptions, requests and feelings in work emails or personal emails.

I can read and understand many texts related to my job, e.g. regulations, instructions, etc.

I can read a text and usually recognise if the language used is formal or informal.

Listening

I can understand most questions about myself, my life, my work, my interests and my country.

I can understand most native speakers speaking at normal speed in a telephone conversation.

I can understand the main points on radio programmes if people speak fairly slowly and clearly.

I can understand a lot of the dialogue in a films if the accent(s) are familiar to me.

Speaking

I can have a conversation with native speakers about my life, work, travel and stories in the news.

I can describe my experiences, my ambitions and my plans in detail, e.g. at a job interview.

I can tell a story or the plot of a book or film and give reasons or explanations for my opinions.

I can deal with most situations likely to happen while I am travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Writing

I can write text messages, work and personal emails which other people can easily understand.

I can write short articles about my country, my personal
experiences or my opinions.

I can write a simple formal letter, e.g. a letter to inquire or complain about something I can write a CV and a cover letter.

If you can do most of these, then your level in a second language is probably B1.

If you can do all of these with no problems, read the next level.

 

Is this you?

B2 Upper-Intermediate - Very good user

Reading

I can read and understand newspaper and magazine texts about familiar and some unfamiliar topics.

I can read and understand most material related to my work or studies.

I can read opinion articles or debates and understand the attitudes or views of the writers.

I can read and understand a lot of contemporary literature.

Listening

I can understand extended speech and follow some complex arguments if the topic is familiar.

I can understand most native and non-native speakers on the telephone or in videoconferences.

I can understand most native and non-native speakers on radio and TV current affairs programmes.

I can understand the majority of films in standard dialect.

Speaking

I can interact with native speakers with a good degree of fluency.

I can take an active part in discussions, explaining and supporting my opinions.

I can give a clear, detailed presentation on subjects related to my work or personal interests.

I can deal independently with a variety of problems or situations by phone or in person.

Writing

I can write a variety of formal and informal notes, emails, and letters with very few mistakes.

I can write clear, detailed articles on a variety of subjects related to my interests.

I can write a report for work presenting information in a
clear, organised way

I can write a detailed CV and cover letter highlighting my skills and experience to explain my suitability for a
job.

If you can do most of these, then your level in a second language is probably B2.

If you can do all of these with no problems, read the next level.

 

Is this you?

C1 Advanced - Excellent user

Reading

I can read and understand almost all newspaper or magazine texts even if the topic is unfamiliar to me.

I can read and understand almost all material related to my work or studies.

I can read and understand most long, complex factual texts and literary texts written in different styles.

I can understand specialised articles and technical instructions, even if the topic is unfamiliar to me.

Listening

I can understand lectures and follow complex arguments even if the topic is unfamiliar.

I can understand the majority of radio and television programmes and films with very little effort.

I can understand most native speakers provided that I am reasonably familiar with their accent(s).

I can participate in telephone conversations or videoconferencing at work or with no difficulties.

Speaking

I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without having to think of the language I need to use.

I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.

I can formulate opinions and arguments precisely linking my ideas to those of other speakers with ease.

I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects using sub-themes, expansion and summarising.

Writing

I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing my viewpoint in detail.

I can write about complex subjects in an essay or report, clearly highlighting the most important points.

I can select the most appropriate register, formal or informal, depending on the person I am writing for.

I can write fluently, only producing occasional inaccuracies when I use more complex language.

If you can do most of these, then your level in a second language is probably C1.

If you can do all of these with no problems, read the next level.

 

Is this you?

C2 Proficiency - Native-like user

Reading

I can read and understand with ease everything I read in newspapers, magazines, journals, etc.

I can read and understand structurally or linguistically complex manuals and specialised articles.

I can read and understand with ease all forms of contemporary prose or fiction.

I can read and understand many non-contemporary literary works or historical documents.

Listening

I can understand any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even at fast native speed.

I can understand familiar accents easily.

I can understand an unfamiliar accent if I am given a short time to familiarise myself with it.

I can understand non-native, less fluent speakers and help them express their intended meanings.

Speaking

I can express myself fluently and precisely.

I can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion on a subject I am familiar with.

I can use idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms spontaneously and appropriately.

I can backtrack and rephrase what I want to say very naturally when I need to re-express myself.

Writing

I can write clear, cohesive text in an appropriate style without language inaccuracies.

I can write complex letters, reports, articles, instructions, university assignments, research projects, etc.

I can write summaries and reviews of professional or literary works.

I can write in such a way as to make my writing virtually indistinguishable from that of a native user.

If you can do most of these, then your level in a second language is probably C2.

 



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