The Rosetta Stone Challenge - Italian

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The Meaning Of Fluency
Levels of Mastery
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Levels of Mastery

Novice (Beginner)

A novice has extremely limited vocabulary and grammar, understands very little of the language when spoken, has difficulty making themselves understood by native speakers leading to some problems in an immersion situation. A novice may be able to order food in a restaurant, buy a train ticket, and find lodging for the night, but only with great difficulty and the use of phrasebooks and a dictionary.

Survivor (Intermediate)

A survivor converses using basic vocabulary (time, date, weather, family, clothes). They are able to use the simple present, past, and future tenses of verbs while avoiding the more difficult grammar topics (e.g., the Italian subjunctive or Arabic jussive). They still need to carry a dictionary and/or phrase book around, but can survive without them in an immersion situation: ordering food, giving and receiving directions, taking a taxi, etc.

Conversationalist (Advanced)

A conversationalist has the ability to converse about fairly abstract ideas, state opinions, read newspapers, understand the language when spoken normally (on TV, radio, film, etc) with a moderate amount ofdifficulty. Still has some trouble with specialized vocabulary and complicated grammar, but can reorganize sentences in order to communicate and figure out the majority of new vocabulary within context.

Debater (Mastered the Language)

A person who has mastered the language can participate in extended conversations, understand the language when spoken normally (on TV, radio, film, etc.), figure out meaning of words within context, debate, and use/understand complicated grammatical structures with little or no difficulty. Has good accent and understands various dialects with slight-to moderate difficulty.

Native Speaker (Mother Tongue)

A native speaker understands essentially everything in the language: all vocabulary, complicated grammatical structures, cultural references, and dialects. Has a native (i.e., invisible, "normal" in his/her region) accent.