I hope you enjoy a conversation I had with a friend of mine who is also a language enthusiast. In this podcast, we talk about languages, language learning and fluency, among other things. Please let us know what you think.
It was a delight to listen to this, considering especially that I’m a Spanish language student myself. Thanks for sharing the experience and I would certainly look forward to more such conversations in future.
I mostly enjoyed your discussion and appreciated your attempt to grapple with the how we should qualify levels of fluency. You’re right to highlight how fluency is connected to an area of life (household activities, intellectual discourse, socialising with strangers, fixing computers) and how someone with a high fluency (CEFR C2 ILR 4) in diplomatic debate or legal texts could also be a A2/ 1 in the language of barroom chinwagging about major league baseball.
The model that works for me is one of fluency at a role in a linguistic/cultural context. To get a feel for this perspective it’s helpful to look at where in your own linguistic culture would you be able to read/write/speak and listen at different levels. Most people would realise from doing this that everybody’s linguistic/cultural fluency/facility is uneven and related to factors of age, class, education, and economic/employment.
Excellent discussion on language learning Ryan! Especially because I know how well you speak all your languages. You definitely know what you are talking about. I’ve been showing this podcast around on FB. Your friend, Luca
Fantastic podcast Ryan. The issue of fluency is so broad and quite tough one. At least, I find it difficult to estimate my level (starting with English by French and Portuguese). I agree we should be as just as possible while doing it (as our lie can be discovered shortly).