Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What the DELF?

The DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française) is a series of 4 independent certifications (A1, A2, B1, B2) designed for non-native speakers to demonstrate their level of knowledge in the French language. Each exam consists of suprisingly well designed sections on reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Here I paraphrase what each level means so you get an idea of what is being measured:

A1: One step above an Englishman. Able to recognize the language is French and fill in a simple questionnaire.

A2: Ability to order a carafe of house wine and dinner in a menu without pictures. Also able to unintentionally offend your French acquaintances who have invited you to a party.

B1: Able to write a beautiful apology letter to your French acquaintances for offending them when they invited you to their party and you drank too much wine, which led to mistaking the dog for the lady of the house.

B2: Able to successfully start a bar fight by expressing an eloquent opinion about the World Cup. Able to the explain the situation to the police prior to discharge from the hospital.

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