My partner doesn’t speak English as a first language and I do. I am also a master’s student who has learnt to value a particular kind of speech complexity, and as a result he finds it significantly easier than I do to understand and be understood by other people whose first language isn’t English (wherever they are from).
That encompasses the majority of both of our colleagues and mutual friends, and I consider him to have a kind of fluency that is important and that I lack, at the same time as I have a kind of fluency that he can’t replicate (not least because he hasn’t spent 8 years reading variously jargon-fuelled (often translated) sociology (etc.) texts). He has a kind of fluency that is particularly important to me as I intend to work support migrants in the UK and I can’t quickly learn all languages.
If fluency is about communicating clearly, then mine is situational. The language flows in different ways.
The best way to tell if you’re fluent in a different language is to find a YouTuber who YouTubes in that language and watch their videos. If you understand what’s going on, great, you’re fluent! If you catch one in every three words, you need to watch a lot more YouTube.
The perk of having fluency in a language is you can botch it and still make sense of it.
spanish is such a sexy language i love it
Learning a second language at a very early age is basically, no Karen, I absolutely have no idea how I got fluent.
Disclaimer: I don’t know what the Italian Duolingo course is made up of.
To reach fluency in a language you need to convert the skills and knowledge you already have acquired in actual competence.
Identify what your weak spots are and work on fortifying your mastery of new vocabulary and grammar, be it verb conjugations or using different tenses in the same sentence. If you think it’d be helpful to strengthen parts of Italian grammar such as personal pronouns or verb conjugations that are still grey for you, then do so.
The way it works for me is by exposing myself in some way to my target language, either by reading in said language or, in case you can’t talk to natives, by listening to native speakers interact with each (for example in films or YouTube videos). That way you get to be aware of what your strengths and limits are. For instance, if you realise your listening skills are better or better trained than your speaking and writing skills, then work on them, although sometimes even natives might be better at one thing than the other. If you see you lack most basic vocabulary but your grammar mostly fine, then strengthen that.
An approach to obtain fluency is to use your target language regularly in both your personal life (which deals with the world of emotions, your family, friends and yourself) and in shared environments, in which you have to use your target language to communicate with people at shops, parks, on the bus, etc.
I think books and films/videos are super useful because even though you don’t live in your target language country, you’re still able to see actual natives interact in those situations. It’s not the same as doing it first-hand, but it’s something. Hope this helps :)
Genderfluency/Genderfluence: someone whose gender is easily able to flow (change or fluctuate) freely; a gender moving along or out steadily and continuously in a current or stream; when genders go from one place to another in a steady stream, typically in large numbers; the amplusian combination of genderfree and genderfluid (genderflux or genderflow).
Using neutrois in the middle mixed with genderfluid flag. Genderfluent is the adjective, could be also called freefluid or fluidfree (just as fluidflux). [Image: 5 stripes of pink, white, green, black and blue] - Ap