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Intermediate (R 1): Survival Proficiency reading



This is the level to aim for if you want to read material with common words and simple grammatical constructions. You may get only the main ideas, unless you rely a lot on the dictionary. You will probably have to reread a lot. If you need to read the language in order to do your work, you will need to aim higher than this level.


Languages like Chinese or Japanese with writing systems of many elements take a lot longer to learn to read than to understand and speak. If you study a language related to your own, you may get to this level quickly. You might get some main ideas from texts at the next higher level, especially if the topic is familiar.

Newly-written languages

If you have a working orthography in the language and can teach a speaker to read and write, you can expand your own reading goals a lot. You will not be the only one doing the writing. As you learn, ask a language associate to record and transcribe some simple texts for you.

  Intermediate level texts
  • Simple, connected texts about predictable subjects
  • Short, straightforward descriptions of persons, places, and things for a wide audience
  • Basic written directions
  • Written descriptions of what a place or a person looks like
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