BBC – Future – How do we measure language fluency?

Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s youth, military record, and marital status may distinguish him from the other 2020 US Presidential Election candidates, but it’s his rumoured proficiency in seven languages that really has people talking. This seemingly magical feat is especially impressive in predominantly monolingual countries like the United States and the United Kingdom (where, respectively, roughly 80% and 62% of the population speaks only English). But where such enviable talent creates an aura of mystique, it also inevitably arouses curiosity. When former US Senator Claire McCaskill asked Buttigieg to comment on his language-speaking ability in a 14 February instalment of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, he replied: “it depends what you mean by speak!” and added that he can “still kind of read a newspaper in Norwegian… but only slowly” and that he has gotten “rusty” in his Arabic and Dari. That shows humility, but not so much that Buttigieg and his camp definitively dismiss the polyglot rumours. This is not to deride Mayor Buttigieg. His perceived fluency interests me because I’m a former language teacher – having taught English for 11 years in Japan and Italy – and I am also a Cambridge English

Source: BBC – Future – How do we measure language fluency?

Author: francoglez

Hola, soy Francisco, de Mexico, profesional de idiomas. Ahora vivo en California. Me interesa el activismo. I am a professional individual working as a freelance in the language teaching business. I am originally from Mexico, but a permanent resident since 2005. I have lived in the Bay Area for 10 years and 1 year in Boston I am a laid back person. I do not have any pets, but I love cats. I do not smoke but I drink a beer or two at home or at some events Hasta Pronto.

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