Arriving at the final destination
Level C2 is the sixth and final level of language learning in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). In everyday speech, this level is known as being “bilingual”. For example, “I am bilingual in English and Spanish.”
A well-educated native speaker is technically at a C2 level in the language. However, only a few language learners reach this level because their professional or academic goals do not require it.
What can you do at the C2 level?
A C2 language level is essentially a native level. According to the official CEFR guidelines, someone at the C2 level in English:
- Be able to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
- Summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments, and accounts in a coherent presentation.
- Can express oneself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely while differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.
How to get to the C2 level?
Reaching the C2 language level isn’t mission impossible, and it is even less so if you are already at the C1 level. In order to reach the C2 level, you need to practice, be consistent, and, most importantly, choose a study method that will allow you to fulfil your dream of being bilingual.
To prepare for the C2 level, spending a few minutes each day reviewing and strengthening the skills acquired is crucial. Here are some tips you can use to advance to being proficient in a second language.
A language may have various accents depending on the region the person is from. Therefore, it may be difficult to understand others. To tackle this challenge, listening to radio stations and songs from artists from different countries can hone your ear.
Find books, newspapers, magazines, and academic or business articles from countries that use the language you are learning. This will allow you to get more acquainted with how the language is being used and become familiar with common expressions.
After watching your favourite show with subtitles, you can re-watch it without using subtitles. You can also watch other videos such as news, documentaries, or films. The aim is to perfect your listening skills and bodily expression.
Many people can easily understand what they are being told as long as it is not through a device. Therefore, it is important to practice often through phone calls, video calls, conferences, meetings, etc.
Ready to speak at the native level?
Achieving an advanced level in the language you are learning is more than rewarding. Being at the C2 level will mean you can function in any environment, write any kind of document, and read any book you want without any strain.
However, if you can’t understand the jokes made by native speakers of the idioms they use, it’s important to keep working on your language skills until they’re perfect.
Many people get stuck along the way and often settle for an intermediate or advanced level. But if it is your dream to be a native level in a second language, we can help you along the way with our expert tutors.
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So once again. Are you ready to speak at the native level? Visit our homepage for more details.
Council of Europe. (n.d.). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR). Retrieved April 24, 2022, from https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-languages/home