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language level for job - October 2nd 2010, 12:00 AM

I am applying for an on campus job. My school is known for languages and the manager is French. I am taking French in school. Even though I don`t think it`s required for me to be fluent in French, she asked me how my oral level is (I`m guessing she asked me this because she goes back and forth with English and French.) The thing is when I first met her and she did the above, I understood her... and that`s the thing. I can pretty much understand most, if not all. My oral is not as good, but I can definitely have a conversation (though grammar would not be very good).

My question is how to answer this question. It`s a little hard explaining how good you are at speaking a language lol. Should I tell her what I wrote above? Should I even add that my grammar would not be excellent? Or would that sound negative, and should I just keep it on a positive note?
   
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Re: language level for job - October 2nd 2010, 01:19 AM

Well can you just say you have a passable level of oral abilities?


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Re: language level for job - October 2nd 2010, 09:23 AM

Yes, just explain what you said before. Say that you can understand it if someone speaks it to you, and that your actual ability to speak it is about an intermediate level (that sounds like what you are describing).

With the grammar, don't say that your grammar isn't excellent because that is negative. Instead, say "my grammar is average, but I am working very hard to improve it". That way you are acknowledging your weaknesses, but explaining that you are improving them as well. It gives a positive spin to a not-so-positive attribute .



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