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When do you become fluent in a language?

What Does “Fluency” Mean? When Can You Claim to Be Fluent in a Language?

One of the great language-learning debates that never seems to go away is the question of how well you have to know a language before you can claim to be “fluent”. Everybody wants to be “fluent” in the language they`re studying; language courses promise to make you “fluent” in the blink of an eye; and after you`ve been studying a language for a few weeks all your monolingual friends start asking “Are you fluent yet?”  And then there are Continue reading

language dabbling

Is Language Dabbling a Waste of Time?

Sa oled ilus! That`s the one phrase I know in the Estonian language, meaning “You`re beautiful”. From what I`ve been told, that phrase is highly relevant and useful for men visiting the Baltic nation. 🙂 But I literally don`t know another single word of Estonian. Like most language enthusiasts I spend some of my time dabbling with languages of interest, and some of my time going to war with the main languages I want to conquer.

Is dabbling a waste of time? Should you feel guilty about it? Well that depends.

Pick any given language, and there will be people dabbling in it for the following reasons (among others): Continue reading