In Easy Spanish the level of our activities and courses are organized according to internationally recognized standards, ensuring that you have an established reference for your Spanish level no matter where you are in the world. To do that, we use the guidelines provided by:
- ACTFL: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
- ALTE: Association of Language Testers in Europe
- CEF: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
- DELE: Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (the exams organised by the Instituto Cervantes)
From completely beginner to mastering, the knowledge of the Spanish language is organized in 6 levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 (which practically imply to be bilingual). In Easy Spanish, you will find resources and courses from levels A1 to B1. From levels B1 to C2, you must visit xxxxxxx.
Here you have a description of language ability on a scale of levels from completely beginners up to C2 (those who have mastered a language). This can help you not only to identify your level but to plan ahead your goals and. Of course, you can also take a Spanish level test.
- 0 Beginner (principiante).
You have no knowledge of the language or you may know some common words and phrases, such as: greetings, giving your name, saying how you feel, numbers or “una cerveza, por favor“.
- A1 Elementary (elemental).
You can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases. You can introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
- A2 Pre-intermediate (pre-intermedio).
You can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to familiar areas (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, jobs). You can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. You can describe in simple terms aspects of your background, your daily routine or your plans.
- B1 Intermediate (intermedio).
You can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. You can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. You can also describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
- B2: Upper Intermediate (intermedio alto).
You can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. You can also produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
- C1: Advanced (avanzado).
You can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Also, you can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
- C2: Proficiency (maestría).
You can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. You can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. You can express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
Number of hours to move from one level to the next
Our courses are tailored to your Spanish level and learning goals and we use specific materials to cover the topics you need to learn, and, what it is more important, your personal tutor will adapt the course contents to match your needs so yours suggestions throughout the duration of the course will be very much wellcome.
In order to progress from one level to the next, it can take anywhere between 50 and 250 hours, depending on the difficulty of the level and several other factors that you can see below. Usually, the more advanced the learner is, the more hours are required to move upwards to the next classification.
Factors that determine your progress learning Spanish.
The number of hours needed to progress in a language depends on various factors such as:
- Your native language: If your native language is related to Spanish in some degree (if you already speak a Romance language which include French, Portuguese and Italian), then you will learn easier and faster as you will recognize vocabulary and grammar rules.
- Knowledge of other languages: If you are an experienced language learner and you know two or more languages, you will be able to acquire a new language more rapidly even when this other language has nothing to do with Spanish.
- Living in or travelling often to a Spanish speaking country: The conversation practice that you get by merely living amongst Spanish speakers is invaluable.
- Time for self-study: The more time you invest doing self-study the faster you will be able to progress; this is why the free resources that we publish in our blog can really make the difference.
- Opportunity to practice Spanish with people other than your tutor: Being exposed to other accents will help you improve your listening skills tremendously!
- Motivation to learn Spanish: A strong motivation is the secret ingredient to learn any language. If you are determined to obtain good results and/or have a real need to use your Spanish, there is a lot more chance of success.
- Your age: Language specialists say that age is an important factor in acquiring a new language. Although many say that the younger you are the better, we can say without doubt that it is never too late to learn a new language. it’s all a matter of focus and find the right tools, and with Easy Spanish you are in good hands.
Take a Spanish level test
You can test your Spanish with our quick, free online test developed by Instituto Cervantes. By taking this test you can obtain an approximate rating of your Spanish language skills.
Remember that if you want the result to reflect your level of Spanish, take the test only once, and do not use a dictionary. Are you ready? Go to the test
Please note that this test approximates your Spanish level as it doesn’t assess all skills, such as speaking for instant. However, if you decide to register in one of our courses, your personal tutor will assess all your Spanish skills in a more accurate way. Contact us for more information.