I started learning Turkish in September 2011 and I completed the A1 course and exam after three months of study.

The journey from zero to hero in Turkish… 😉

At the end of the A1 course, I had a good grasp of the fundamentals of Turkish and I could make myself understood to native speakers in basic Turkish.  I received many encouraging messages after putting out my first video speaking the language.  Some people thought that perhaps my level was higher than A1 and that I was being modest.

The problem with CEFR

Since starting the formal courses for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), I have realised how often the level you can get to at A1 and A2 is often underrated. In part I can understand this confusion from the descriptions give for each level.  What is missing in the description is the amount of vocabulary you need to reach each level.  In unrelated languages there is a real wealth of vocabulary you need to memorise to pass the exams.  It takes time to commit this to memory and use it actively.  We have to keep that in mind and no beat ourselves up about it.

Big up yourself sometimes for your real achievements! 😀

My name is Richard.  I speak A2 level Turkish and I am proud of the results I have achieved after the effort I have put in! :)

But keep it real…

There is, of course, a big difference between someone with an A1 diploma, having a pass mark of 61% and someone else closer to 100%.  This may account for confusion about the level needed to complete each course/exam.

I can confirm that my previous video containing only grammar and vocabulary used at the A1 level of Turkish and my Turkish in the video contains many mistakes.  This is all totally normal and I am glad to put out there a realistic idea of where I was at with the language at that time.

How is my Turkish at A2?

I now feel much more confident when I am expressing myself in Turkish and I here is a video of me speaking Turkish following my A2 exam:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvPSF2jKpE0&w=420&h=315]

Moving forward…the next goal

The B1 course lasts six months as it take up the whole of the second Yeni Hitit book.  I’ll take a break in the summer and hopefully complete the B1 course by December this year.  I am happy to do language exchanges over the summer with any Turkish speakers willing to listen to me butcher their language! 😉

What do you think?

What are your thoughts on the CEFR levels?  Do you think that sometimes the A and B levels are put down in favour of C1 or C2?