Comparable language levels - across Europe

Language levels according to the common European reference framework

The common European reference framework
The common European reference framework describes six internationally comparable levels:

  • A1 and A2: Elementary language use
  • B1 and B2: Independent language use
  • C1 and C2: Competent language use

 

European Language Level (CEF)

A1

Listening

Understanding familiar words and very simple sentences spoken slowly and clearly.

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Reading

Understanding individual words and very simple sentences, e.g. on signs and posters.

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Speaking

Communicating in short words.

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Writing

Writing short, simple postcards and completing forms.

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