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Levels on ChinesePod?

Posted by sotrapa November 2, 2008 in the Group General Discussion .

Is there any standard, anything the ChinesePod levels are roughly equivalent to, expressed in college semesters, the HSK levels or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, something like that?

I just stumbled upon ChinesePod and it has immediately rekindled my interest in the Chinese language ;-)

There's just some lingering confusion about the levels, I hope someone can give me a clear explanation.

Having studied Chinese on my own without a tutor but occasional feedback for about a year before work kept me from progressing for 3 months, I suppose my comfort level is somewhere between Upper Intermediate and Advanced. This strikes me as a little unusual, seeing as most non-native speakers could hardly be described as "advanced students" even after several years of studying a language at school. Furthermore, I'm nowhere near actually being fluent in Chinese. I was fluent in Spanish after one year, but Chinese is a different matter.

Any thoughts on this?

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