When are we fluent?
This comes up all the time. In my view, if we feel that we are fluent, we are fluent. If we are comfortable communicating on most subjects. If we understand most of what is said, and can, with errors and the occasional awkwardness, get our meaning across, we are fluent.
Some people have suggested that we need to be able to say ” I am tying my shoe laces”, or some such obscure phrase. I say nonsense. If you can communicate on familiar subjects you can quickly learn to communicate on less familiar subjects, if and when the necessity arises, with a little help at first.
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