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our language levels

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

 

How can I find out what my level is?

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 more formal letter to apply for a job, your level of writing is probably A2. If you can usually understand most people speaking on the phone, but not if someone has an unfamiliar accent or speaks very quickly, then your level of listening is probably B2. Balanced bilinguals have the same level in each skill: reading, writing, listening and speaking. To work out your current language level:

1.Do our level test if you already have some knowledge of the language you want to study.

2.Read the summaries of you should be able to do by the end of each level. You can also ask us for detailed course content.

3.Contact us for a more in-depth evaluation if you would like us to test your speaking and listening skills. Send us an email and we’ll call you for a chat in the language you want to study.

 

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 - Basic User

Reading

I can read and understand words and phrases that I see often.

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

Listening

I can understand words and phrases that I hear often.

I can understand people talking about where they live, their families, jobs and interests when they speak slowly and clearly.

Speaking

I describe where I live, my family, my job, my interests and give basic information about my country.

I can ask for things I need, e.g. order in a restaurant, book a room, hire a car, find out information, etc. if people help me with what I am trying to say.

Writing

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

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

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 - Ok User

Reading

I can read and understand short general interest articles if the language is not complicated and I know something about the topic.

I can read and understand short emails for work, from friends or giving information.

I can read and understand advertisements, menus, timetables, brochures and websites.

I can read and understand newspaper headlines and articles in simple language.

Listening

I can understand native people asking me questions about my life, my family, my job, my interests and my country.

I can have a telephone conversation with people who speak slowly and clearly.

I can understand and follow clear directions and instructions.

I can understand the main points in short, clear announcements, e.g. news bulletins.

Speaking

I can describe my life, my family, my job, my interests, my country and give some opinions.

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

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

I can have short conversations with native speakers, but I don’t always find the right words to say what I want to say.

Writing

I can write text messages, notes, postcards and personal emails to friends.

I can write short emails for work.

I can write a 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 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 reasonably 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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