No, rudie, the other F word! Fluent. That excruciating word that floors me every time someone comes out with the question, “So are you fluent in Spanish then?” I sweat profusely, and I stammer out some pathetic excuse for an answer every single time.
Maybe it’s because I’m British, but it just sounds ridiculously arrogant to answer with a swaggering “yes, I am actually” when confronted with the million euro question. But a “no” would be all wrong too. I mean, it’d be a bit pathetic if I wasn’t fluent, after living in Spain for eleven years, and collecting a nice little smorgasbord of postgraduate qualifications in the subject from Spanish universities. But it’s such a subjective question, isn’t it? What does “fluent” mean anyway? So don’t ask. Anyone. Unless you’re a job interviewer, in which case the answer’s easy enuff. 🙂
The word “advanced” is tricky in a similar way, so I’ll try and explain what I mean by “advanced level”. I’m not talking about qualifications here, although if you’ve got ‘A’ level (high school graduate level) Spanish or a degree in the subject, you’re obviously in the ‘A’ club. Basically, this blog is for you if you have a good understanding of the different tenses and grammatical structures in Spanish. Not least because I don’t intend to go into any lengthy grammar explanations here. This blog is about bite-sized nuggets of real Spanish from real life. (Mine, eek!) Hope you like it.