Pedro Simões
In your opinion, what does it mean to be "fluent" in a foreign language?
Feb 13, 2016 4:36 PM
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I think you're fluent if you don't have to translate in your head anymore. When you hear something, when you read something, when you want to say something, you just can do it without translating everything to your native language. 
February 13, 2016
Fluent in a foreign language is to speak like a native, or to be correct in speaking and writing.
February 13, 2016

Hi Pedro Simões,


In my opinion, fluent means to have from day to day cognitive thoughts in the targeted language and when that language in the mind can't really be thought of as being foreign anymore, which means that it is personalized: the personality is fully expressive as it was as in the first language.


Note: I don't mean that anyone would just expresses himself in the same way. In man's continuing search for improvement, we can change our thoughts and views about things in general, (e.g., life), also during the period of mastering a second language, I personally believe this is what people experience when they tell: <em>“It feels like I'm a different person, when I speak/write {the 2nd language}”</em>


Fluent certainly doesn't mean knowing all the grammatical rules, structures etc., but from home base (first language), senses for language structures and rules is somehow similarly deduced and explanatory as it would be in the second.

February 14, 2016

When you would like to express yourself you should be able to do so without thinking about how you would say it in your native language and then translating it on the fly, which is what most people who are not fluent in a language do.

So even if you can describe a word (for example, tail) in that foreign language, if you are not able to do so without this "on the fly" kind of translation then I would say you are not fluent, despite how many words you can describe like this.

February 14, 2016
The speed of speaking and listening is as smooth as native speakers. That is my private definition of fluency.
February 13, 2016