IWTYAL 036: Fluency vs Proficiency

itunesButtonManchesterAul asks (in an iTunes review): “What’s the difference btw fluency and proficienncy? Do i consider myself fluent or proficient in my languages?”

In this episode:

  • Why I dislike the discussion about fluency and proficiency
  • Certain professions may require a proven proficiency level
  • How I define fluency
  • The world of language testing
  • The difference between accuracy and fluency
  • How you can lose a level in a language

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  • Melissa

    This is Melissa, the person who asked the question. Thanks so much for answering it on the podcast!!! I didn’t realize I left out so many needed details for the question. Yes I am in the U.S. More specifically I live in Chicago, IL. I started studying spanish around the beginning of the year. I am having this problem with lesser known people to myself such as the cleaning lady at work and servers in restaurants. I agree that I need to start off my conversations by asking if it okay if I practice with them instead of only saying I am learning. Though I even have this problem with friends who speak Spanish. Like your other podcast about significant others, it is sometimes hard to get friends to communicate with you in your target language when it is so much faster and easier in your native language. I have been using italki for a couple months now and have a tutor twice a week where we can solely focus on Spanish. This is a great help but I feel I should be able to communicate short desires or stories in the real world as well. Thanks so much for all your help! I have been enjoying the podcast!

    • Hi Melissa, thanks for your comment and for your question! I replied to this a while ago, but it didn’t post my comment for some reason. Anyway, well done for persisting… that’s the name of the game! 🙂