– Hello everyone,
and welcomeback to English With Lucy.
Today, I have got a fluency test for you.
You all seemed to really enjoy the grammar test that I posted for you last week,
so today I’ve got a fluency test,
but it’s a little bit different.
Basically, if these thingsthat I’m going to talk about happen to you,
it meansthat you are fluent.
So I think it will be reallyinteresting for you guys to see
how many of thesesituations happened to you,
and also to give yousomething to look forward to.
I know that a lot of you are learning English right now,
with the intention ofone day becoming fluent,
so it’d be really nice to keep a record of these things
and work towards achieving the next one.
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Right,let’s get started with the lesson.
So, how do you know when you are fluent in another language?
Well, I’m going to talk toyou about 12 situations,
and if these situations happened to you,
it means that you are onyour way to becoming fluent.
If all of these situations happened to you,
congratulations, you’re fluent.
So I would love you to comment down below
with how many of these situations happened to you and which ones.
And also, if you can think of any other indicators of fluency.
Number one : you know how to swear
So when I learn a language, pretty much the first thing I want to learn are the swear words.
But when I was juststarting to learn Spanish,
and I was with my ex(speaks foreign language),
I imitated him a lot.
And he used to swear a lot, not in a bad way.
But then I would try and do it,
but in the wrong situations, and I would get told off.
So you know
that you are fluent not only when you know how to swear
but whenyou know when to swear.
Number two, you are aware of the mistakes that you make.
That’s something that I love hearing when I’m teaching students.
When they say something,and then they say,
“Ah, no, I made a mistake there,”
and then they correct themselves,’
that means they know what they did wrong and
they are on that path to fluency.
If you realise thatyou’re making mistakes,
you’re one step away fromjust not making them at all.
Number three :you sometimes don’t even realise
that you are reading orhearing the language,
you’re just understandingit without focusing.
I would consider myselfto be fluent in Spanish,
and sometimes I find myself doing this on the London Underground
when I travel in to record the podcast on Tuesdays.
Sometimes I just sit there,and I overhear conversations on the tube
because I’m alittle bit of a creep. (laughs)
Well if we’re going to be honest,
it’s because British people don’t talk on the tube,
but when a Spanish familycomes along they talk a lot.
Which is no problem,
I think it’s weird that we don’t talk.
I’ll listen to them, andthen about a minute later,
我猜意识到 天呐 我听的是另一种语言
I’ll realise,”Oh my god, I’mlistening in another language
and I didn’t even realise it.”
And it feels really really good,
so the next time that happens to you,
you should feel really really good about yourself.
Also I might see like ameme in Spanish on Instagram
and I’ll be like desperateto show it to Will,next to me,
and I can’t,’
causeI realised it’s in Spanish
and it doesn’t translateinto English that well.
Which leads me onto mynext one, number four,
you can understand andparticipate in humour.
So this was a big pain point for me when I was learning Spanish.
I once went with a big group of friends to watch Ernesto Sevilla in Seville. (laughs)
And he’s a Spanish comedianwith a very thick accent
and he speaks really really quickly
and I sat there thinking I was fluent,
ready to have a laugh with everyone and fit in, and I didn’t understand a bloody word. (speaks foreign language)
And I realised, I’m not fluent yet.
Now, this one’s a difficultone,
because some comedians speak really really quickly,
so I’d take this one as, you know you’re really really fluent
when you can sit through a comedy show andlaugh at all the jokes.
But I would say you’d need to live in a country for like 10 years
and get marriedand have children there
to even have a chance at understanding a comedian in another language.
I sometimes don’t understandjokes in my own language.
The next one, number five,you know you are fluent
when people don’t adapt to your level.
They just go with theflow
and use their normal native vocabulary, includingslang, expressions,
figures of speech, the whole hog.
The whole hog, that’s a figure of speech, means all of it.
So this is more aboutsounding like you’re fluent.
If people think that youare completely fluent,
they’ll start speakingin a really relaxed way
and expect you to understand,
but you can start to feel really really good about yourself
if you actually do understand everything they’re saying.
The next one, number six,you know you’re fluent
when you have a dream in the language that you’re learning.
This has happened to me andit’s been really really weird.
I’ve had dreams about my own family and close friendsspeaking in Spanish to me,
when in reality, they don’t speak Spanish.
It’s very very weird.
I actually have a lot of very confusing dreams
but we won’t get into that.
But if you dream in that language,
or dream about your close friends and family
speaking to you in that language,
you know you’re well on your way to fluency.
Number seven is a pretty general one,
but you know that you’refluent in the language
when you can do all of thethings in that language
that a native person would be able to do without even thinking about it.
Like going to the doctors,going to the bank,
ordering stuff in a bar or cafe,
giving directions, andthat one is something that I still struggle with
because I just really find it difficult to tell the difference between left and right.
It’s something in mybrain, I don’t know why.
Sometimes, if I’m driving,and I’m at a roundabout,
it takes me like a coupleof seconds too long
to work out which car shouldbe allowed to go first.
Left and right, it’s an issue.
Does anyone else have that problem?
Number eight, now take thisone with a pinch of salt,
but you know you’re fluent
when you stop having to reach for words.
也就是你不再说 “嗯 这个怎么说”
So you stop having to say,”Mm, how do you say it,
what’s the word for, mm”
and like waiting and reaching for words.
Now obviously we are allhuman, every now and again
we are going to have to reach for a word,
even in our native language.
But you’ll notice thatonce you reach fluency,
the rate at which youdo it will decelerate.
And sometimes you willeven surprise yourself
by knowing words thatyou didn’t know you know.
I sometimes do this in Spanish.
I’ll come up with a word,and then I’ll be like,
I didn’t know I knew that word.”
It’s a really weird sensation.
Number nine, something we all aspire to do
when we start learning another language,
it is to watch a film without subtitles.
It feels so good
and itmeans that you are fluent
and you also have a whole new world of art opened up in front of you.
and it’s fantastic.
And then you can learn somuch more about the culture.
Number 10, this is a big one,
and I think it happens to a lot of people
without them realising it.
It definitely happened to me with Spanish.
You stop looking foropportunities to practise.
I remember being desperate to practise my Spanish at any opportunity.
I was desperate to meet Spanish people,
I just wanted to talk in Spanish.
And now I’m really happy
if I meet someone
in Spanish so I can have a chat
and kind of brush up on my rusty skills.
But I’m not actively looking for
opportunities in which I can practise.
So it might be somethingthat stops gradually,
and one day you’ll realise,
“Hey, I’m not as desperate as I was to practise,
I remember when it was be all
and end all for me, and now, I know it.”
Which of course really isn’t true,
we can always learn more
but your priorities change.
Number 11, this one is such a good one
and it is you know whenGoogle translate is wrong.
Maybe I shouldn’t say Google translate,
all electronic translation services.
They don’t get everything right.
They are not perfect and when you know
the language fluently,
you can correct them
and you can see the amountof errors that they make,
and you’ll probably feel embarrassed about all your homework and that you did in the past using Google translate
and how your teacher really knew if you use Google translate
I used to love it
when students would hand me essays that they’d written
obviously using Google translate,
but without wanting to tell me,
but they would misspell a word in their own language
and so that wouldn’t translate,
and there would just be like this random gobbledygook in the middle of a sentence
and the whole sentencewouldn’t make any sense
and I just kind of would put like a little red cross
and be like,”See me after class.”
And I’d have to talk to themabout translation services
but won’t worry, we all do it.
And the last one,
number 12, you know that you are fluent in another language
when people can’t tell where you’re from.
If somebody has to askyou,”Where are you from,
I just can’t tell from you accent?”
Or if they ask you thatyou’re from the country
of the language that you are speaking,
you know you’re fluent, you do.
My Spanish accent is not perfect,
but people do have a hard time guessing that I’m English
because I’ve worked hard
to lose the majority ofthe pronunciation errors
that speakers of Englishusually make in Spanish.
Right guys, that’s it for today’s lesson.
Don’t forget to comment down below with which
of these situations happened to you.
And if you can add anymore to the list,
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