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Old 07.11.2010, 20:08
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Re: When can you say you speak a language?

I considered myself fluent once I could tell and/or understand subtle jokes, and dish out and receive (and understand) insults. This is in French- insults seem to be a bit of an art form, at least in the crowd I regularly encounter.

Also, when I could deal with stressful situations without hesitating or searching for words, and could switch readily between the bizarre French approach to numbers and the logical Swiss approach.

Perhaps the real moment was, as someone who works alone, I found myself discussing problems in my head (or out loud) in French automatically- and when I noticed, couldn't easily translate that into English. It is normal to talk to oneself, right? Right?! Oui Mud, oui!
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