Do you know what it means to be an intermediate English student? If not, don't worry. This blog post will give you 7 signs that indicate whether or not you're at this level of proficiency. While many people think they are fluent after mastering beginner skills, most of them have a long way to go before being "advanced." The following list should help distinguish between the beginner and intermediate levels, and prepare you for what is ahead!
Signs that you have graduated from beginner to intermediate English:
You can talk about your daily routine, as well as your likes, dislikes, and preferences with others.
The English alphabet is second nature to you now, and you can spell words if someone dictates them to you.
You can express what you want in public places (restaurants, movie theatres, grocery stores, etc.)
You are familiar with and can use the following grammar tenses and structures with some level of comfort: present simple, present continuous, present perfect, past simple, past continuous, future simple/be going to, comparatives and superlatives, possessives, this/that/these/those, much/many, some/any, articles, prepositions of place
You are able to comprehend most of the content in many children's books, TV shows, and movies. You can understand what's being said without having to read subtitles or listen closely at all times. Remember, "most" simply means "more than 50%!"
You're able to write simple, grammatically correct sentences in English that are easy for others to understand. You still struggle a little with wording and phrasing at times, but you don't make major mistakes anymore!
Speaking still takes time and effort, but you can do it, and people are starting to understand you more and more! You're not ready for political discussions, business meetings, or debates, but you can understand them a little.
So, are you an intermediate student? If not, I hope this list helps you to set some goals for the future. Keep in mind, this list is not absolute. There are still advanced students who are amazing conversationalists who sometimes forget the difference between "i" and "e" when using the alphabet. We all have blind spots. The most important thing is that we identify our areas for improvement, work on them, and keep moving forward.
So, whether you're using an app, a textbook, a piece of media, or a YouTube channel, stay calm and keep learning.
I wish you luck and success with your studies!