Well what a year it’s been, and how fast it has gone! Since my first Spanish Skype lesson last October, I’ve completed 126 hours of one-on-one lessons plus an additional 26 hours of University online group tutorials. I decided the best way to find what level I’m currently at on the CEFR scale of A1 to C2 was to run a few free placement tests. My results are as below:
Language Level A2 (doesn’t provide a specific score from 15 questions taken)
AIL Madrid A2 (21/38 questions correct)
Lengalia B1 (doesn’t provide a specific score from 20 questions, but it only allowed me to take the next set of questions as I passed the first set)
Battersea Spanish A2.3 (Pre-Intermediate 3/70% correct)
Language Trainers A2 (Pre-Intermediate/Score of 26)
From my scores above I would place myself as lower intermediate. Whilst I would have loved for all of these tests to place me at B1 or above, I’m not disappointed. Looking at the CEFR it seems like I have a long way to go, but I can also see how far I have come.
In a remarkable co-incidence, two nights ago I was at an Elton John concert. At the end of the show, a couple asked if I would take their photo stood next to the stage. I thought they looked Latino, and asked where they were from (in Spanish).
I then had a conversation with them for five minutes or so in Spanish, finding out that the lady was from Colombia and her husband from Chile. This was the first time I have ever spontaneously spoken in Spanish. Whilst I’m sure I made errors, I was understood and received answers to the questions I had asked. It was a great moment for me!
Knowing everything I now do, and with the hindsight I have, I feel sure I could have reached level B1 in one year. I am going to continue with my Spanish until I reach a level where I feel comfortable enough to converse with minimum error, and where I can watch Spanish language movies and shows, and be able to understand the majority of the language.
My journey is far from over, but when I look back to one year ago, I know how far I have come. My intention is to learn a 3rd language in the near future, using all the knowledge I gained in the last 12 months. I feel confident I can reach B1 in a different language within one year, by having three hours of lessons per week, and using only the DuoLingo and Memrise apps for additional support.