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Shopgirl1 Fri 03-Nov-17 21:51:43

Has anyone done any of these in any languages?
Is there much difference between C1 and C2?

Mistigri Sun 05-Nov-17 16:29:46

A friend of mine did her language assessment ahead of an application for French citizenship recently - presumably the DALF but not 100% sure. She was very surprised to get C2. TBH I was quite surprised too!

Theoretically there is a big difference between a C1 and a C2, but in a test situation I think the dividing line may be rather fine. My friend reckons she got lucky with some of the listening comprehension and that she "blagged" (her word) the speaking component. Her spoken French is very confident but she makes quite a lot of grammatical errors and her written French is not great (but then that is true of many native speakers of course).

Shopgirl1 Mon 06-Nov-17 21:39:09

Thanks, that’s interesting.
I’d like to do Spanish C2 - I was C1 in the past, but rusty now and was placed at the end of B2. Just wondering when I get back to C1 in Spanish how much it will take to be ready for C2 - I studied about 3 years on and off and spent a year in Spain to get to C1.

Mistigri Tue 07-Nov-17 07:25:03

I suspect you would need a substantial period of immersion to be confident of a C2. Friend referred to above has lived in France for about 15 years, for the last 5 in an almost entirely French speaking context (French partner and friends, works in French speaking environment).

For comparison I'd put my spoken French at a good C1 after being in France for 20 years but living with an English speaker and working in a mainly English speaking environment (although for a French company). My written French is a good C2 though. I might get a surprise if I did the C2 DALF but I wouldn't be 100% confident about it.

Shopgirl1 Tue 07-Nov-17 22:48:04

Immersion isn’t really an option with 3 year old twins and a husband who will never move there. I’d love to go for a couple of months and study intensively, but it’s just not possible so I guess I need to find another way that may take a bit longer!

Shopgirl1 Tue 07-Nov-17 22:51:12

I might look into a postgrad in it - the on and off 3 years was at BA level, so quite intense. At least that way I would have a focus and would have to use it a lot. I’m doing an evening class at the moment and finding it slow and boring.

Mistigri Wed 08-Nov-17 10:42:09

Can you find a local conversation group or get in touch with native speakers in your area via social media? There are a lot of young Spanish people in the UK. My employer's UK R&D centre is practically Spanish speaking there are so many young Spanish PhDs working there!

Shopgirl1 Thu 09-Nov-17 13:47:44

Yes, I could do that, after all, I’m learning it to speak it! I’m sure if I looked I might even find groups of 40 year old mothers as well...need to do a bit of research.

AuldHeathen Sun 26-Nov-17 21:42:50

You should be able to find some way for Spanish conversation if you live reasonably urban. I keep looking at listings and see lots of Spanish. I’m wanting to get German up to C2 but there are few classes where l am except if you want Spanish! Depending on where you are there might be a toddler group if you live in a city/big town. Online groups might work. I do some German that way. Maybe look for groups that relate to a hobby/interest. I’ve done that and my German is improving a bit. I’ve got a husband who won’t move too - and l’m getting to the end of my working life, with Brexit it’s impossible for me to move now. sad
I read novels to help my vocabulary - short stories can be good if you’re short of ‘own time’.

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