The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

When learning a new language, its always excited to be able to share how far you’ve progressed and describe how much you’ve learned to friends and family or your employer, which is where the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages comes in to place. Ranging from beginner level 1 og and 2 (A1/A2), to intermediate 1 and 2 (B1/B2), and finally advanced (C1/C2). Below is an overview of the different levels and how much you will know for each level.

The 6 Levels of CEFR:

A1 Beginner – (So it begins!)

  • Understand simple conversations
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Ask and answer question about personal details
  • Interact in a simple way

A2 Elementary – (I’m actually amazing at this!)

  • Understand sentences related to areas of most immediate relevance
  • Communication in simple and routine tasks
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of your background

B1 Intermediate – (Yes I speak it.)

  • Understand the main points of regular situations, produce simple texts on topics which are familiar or of personal interest
  • Describe experiences, events, dreams, and ambitious and briefly give explanations

B2 Upper Intermediate – (Sure do you want to change?)

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a tropical issue

C1 Advanced – (Maybe I should learn another language as well?)

  • Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning
  • Express yourself fluently and spontaneously
  • Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes
  • Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects

C2 Proficiency – (I actually just started learning a new language again! How many do you speak?)

  • Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • Summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments, and accounts in a coherent presentation
  • Express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations

What is your CEFR level?

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