"חבר שלי בלשן."
Translation:My friend is a linguist.
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Also there's a word for friend ידיד (yadid) that can only mean friend and not both friend and boyfriend like חבר, if I'm not mistaken. However, the tell in this sentence חבר שלי בלשן is the lack of a determiner. If it said החבר שלי בלשן it's clearly talking about 'my boyfriend' and not 'my friend.
"Linguist" has two meanings. A linguist is either (1) a person who speaks a number of languages well, or (2) a person who studies linguistics for a living. Certificates have nothing to do with the definition, although it's hard to become the second type without a PhD. The first sort of linguist might work as a translator or do course design for DL, or might just learn languages as a hobby, while the second is probably a university professor.
Of course, that's just the English definition. I don't know whether the Hebrew word בלשן refers to the first kind of linguist, the second kind, or both.