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for those who speak more than one language

monserrat

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for those who speak more than one language
« on: November 03, 2006, 12:19:01 PM »
some apps ask for your proficiency in a language other than english.  how did you rate this? 1-10?  that is what i have it at now, but i'm not sure if there is a better way.

Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2006, 12:26:16 PM »
native-like, fluent, functional, some, minimal. Numbers aren't all that clear

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Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2006, 12:28:02 PM »
Native-like sounds strange :-\  I have a native-like knowledge of English, or am I native-like in English?

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Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2006, 01:00:39 PM »
thanks, the last description makes sense, but i wonder if the adcoms will know these terms? maybe i should just call and ask for an example.

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Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2006, 01:03:55 PM »
Dude, I think you're overcomplicating this matter.  My native languages are Ukrainian and Russian, and I said that I am fluent in those.  And even though according to the description above I should have said "superior," I think it would have sounded strange if anything.  They are not going to test you to see if you really have a basic or reading knowledge of a forein language.

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Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2006, 01:07:06 PM »
yeah you're prob right, i mostly wanted to know if i should use numbers because that didn't sound right. i'm really not making too big a deal though, just wanted another opinion b/c spanish isn't my native but i am very proficient in it.

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Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2006, 01:08:29 PM »
Then, just say "fluent in Spanish."  You don't need much more than that.

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Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2006, 03:07:57 PM »
I am fluent in Spanish even though I'm not a native speaker, so I just wrote fluent. For my others I wrote "semi-fluent", because I can make myself understood and understand others, read and write, but not at an advanced level.

Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2006, 07:23:21 AM »
If the foreign language has any kind of commonly recognized test/certificate (ex. Zertificat Deutsch for German) you should take the test and then add the score/certificate to your resume. 

Re: for those who speak more than one language
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2006, 07:41:26 AM »
Goodness, talk about looking too much in to something...

I simply wrote something like...I fluently speak Farsi.  I doubt it asks you to rate your own reading/writing abilities.