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Is Speaking a Language Different From Being Fluent in It?

Rozzie
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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
GregHullender
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I think B2 is a better threshold for fluency than C1 because fluency really means you can speak without stopping to plan out your sentences. A teacher once told me "When you speak in English, you can start a sentence without knowing how it's going to end. It just flows. When you can do with with another language, you're fluent. You make may a lot of mistakes, and your accent may be awful, but you're fluent."

For me, the big difference between B1 and B2 is fluency. They both know all the grammar rules of the language, but B1 has to think to apply them; B2 has internalized them. Something magical has happened.

Folks at C1 and C2 have a lot more vocabulary and they're a lot more polished, but there's nothing magical about it. They just do a better job doing the same thing B2 speakers do.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JrCarCar

But of course, fluency is a topic that goes far beyond your speaking abilities. You need to be able to not only communicate your ideas, but understand others: whether written or said.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GregHullender
GregHullender
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Yes, and there are even definitions for things like "reading fluency," but most lay people refer to conversational fluency when they say "speaking fluency" and that means the speaking and listening--the give and take--of conversation with another person.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua
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I like this type of topics it's very interesting

Thank you !!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
Rozzie
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no problem

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nevlogeos
Nevlogeos
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Ich danke dir, the discussion on the line to draw in regards to fluency is certainly an interesting one :) - Nevlogeos :)

3 years ago