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Are you interested in learning French, but unsure of where to start? Look no further! In this blog post, I will present a YouTube video that will guide you through the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and what skills are required to reach each level of proficiency in French. I will also include a small test for each level to help you evaluate approximately your current French proficiency.

What is your French level ? Understanding the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The CEFR is a widely recognized guideline used to describe the proficiency levels of speakers of foreign languages across Europe. It is also used globally to evaluate language proficiency in different contexts, such as education, employment, and immigration. The CEFR defines six levels of language proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. Each level is defined by a set of descriptors that outline the language skills and competencies a speaker should have attained to achieve that level.

A1 and A2 French Proficiency

At the A1 level, learners are considered beginners and are expected to have basic communication skills. They should be able to understand simple sentences and expressions, introduce themselves, and ask and answer basic questions about personal details such as their name, age, and nationality.

At the A2 level, learners have developed basic communication skills and can understand longer sentences and expressions. They should be able to talk about their family, interests, and daily activities.

B1 and B2 French Proficiency

At the B1 level, learners are considered intermediate and are expected to have a solid foundation in French. They should be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters, produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest, and describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions.

At the B2 level, learners are considered upper-intermediate and are expected to have a good command of French. They should be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, 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 and C2 French Proficiency

At the C1 level, learners are considered advanced and are expected to have an excellent command of French. They should be able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning, express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions, use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes, and produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.

At the C2 level, learners are considered proficient and are expected to have a mastery of French. They should be able to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read, summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation, and express themselves spontaneously, very fluently, and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


By following the CEFR guidelines, you can develop a structured and effective approach to learning French. It is important to note that proficiency in a language is a lifelong process, and it takes time and effort to progress through the different levels. However, with dedication and practice, you can achieve your language goals and enjoy the many benefits of being able to communicate in French.

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