1. You are a completely new Spanish student. You have no previous knowledge of the language and you are eager to get started.
  2. You have had at least a year or two of Spanish classes in school, but really don’t remember the information that well. You could probably name a few colors and ask where the restroom is, but you don’t have much of a working knowledge of the language.
  3. You can recall much of the Spanish that you have been exposed to in the past- though that wasn’t very much. You probably know the days of the week, the months, and can count to 50. You know some vocabulary words and have memorized some specific phrases, but don’t have a strong command of the verb tenses.
  4. You can ask specific questions though you might not understand the answer to them. You can form sentences but often make grammatical mistakes. You communicate only in the present tense.
  5. You can communicate in the present tense and perhaps some of the past and/or future. You can read and write beginner level sentences. You don’t feel comfortable speaking with natives but can impress your friends with the vocabulary that you’ve memorized.
  6. You can communicate effectively in the present, past, and future tense as well as read/write on an intermediate level. You recall virtually all of the Spanish that you were exposed to in your Spanish 1 and 2 class in school. You have a decent vocabulary and feel comfortable speaking with other Spanish students, though you still make quite a few grammatical errors during your speaking.
  7. You can communicate verbally and in written form in virtually all of the tenses of Spanish. You can speak confidently about topics that you are familiar with, but your vocabulary could use some diversification. You have a full working knowledge of the word order of sentences and can conjugate verbs correctly. You have a difficult time understanding native speakers that speak quickly or use vocabulary that you are not familiar with.
  8. You could be dropped off in a Latin-American country and quickly find your way around town. You still make the occasional grammatical error but you consider yourself to be bilingual. You are familiar with many of the more common Spanish idioms and you can communicate effectively with native speakers. Your vocabulary is not completely comprehensive but you are able to describe your ideas using vocabulary substitutes.
  9. You can read, write, speak, and understand the language on a very advanced level. You are able to watch an American movie in Spanish and follow it without a problem. Your grammatical errors are few and far between though you still have a blunder every now and then. Spanish television, music, and conversation are completely natural for you at this point.
  10. You are completely fluent. You not only have a full working knowledge of the language but also of the culture surrounding it. Your vocabulary has about 30,000 words in it and you can not only communicate effectively- but can even participate in cultural sarcasm, jokes, etc.

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