How do you know when you are fluent?
April 2, 2019
January 5, 2020
To every person, fluency can be what you want it to be. Do you want to be able to speak, read, and write, or just be able to do one or the other?
For me, fluency in writing means I can write coherent sentences in the language on any topic of which I have knowledge. That means, anything from the mundane daily conversations, to technical writing as it relates to my job.
As it comes to speaking, I consider fluency to be much of the same as it is with reading/writing with one key addition. Listening. To me, fluency is when you can actively engage in conversation, or follow a conversation passively and understand most, if not all of what is being discussed.
How to get fluent would be another topic all together :D
January 6, 2020
Merriam-Webster says the definition of fluent is "capable of using a language easily and accurately." I always think of fluency as the ability to communicate in real time. The skills required to listen, understand and respond immediately over the course of a conversation are greater than those required to passively watch a show or write a sentence / paragraph (except in a test environment).