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Distinguished (R 4): Near-Mother-Tongue Proficiency reading



At this level, you will read anything published for the mother-tongue speaker audience without using a dictionary. You will understand all styles and forms of the language, including texts that are intellectually challenging. It will take years of living in the culture, but you will be able to

  • follow unpredictable turns of thought
  • understand aesthetic nuances
  • understand cultural and literary allusions and associations, and
  • appreciate humor and irony in what you read.
Newly-written languages

At this level you will understand anything mother-tongue authors write in the language, including all cultural and historical allusions. Your reading ability will probably be more characterized by cultural knowledge than linguistic knowledge.

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