I was reading the book How I Learn Languages by Dr. Kató Lomb, a great Hungarian polyglot who knew 16 languages, where she offered a very quick way to test your knowledge of the language by testing your vocabulary. I had some hours yesterday so I adapted her way and made it into an online test where you can test your knowledge of French, German, Spanish or Lithuanian in a minute or two. The test gives you an answer in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Basically she suggested trying to translate a list of words to your target language.:
the moon, to buy, free, wide, a blow, to enjoy, suddenly, grateful, a straw, to promote, rigidly, significant, brass, to browse, obstinately, enthusiastic
Each new level has one more point than the previous one and you were supposed to be able to get 40 points at maximum which were divided into four levels: D, C, B, A.
I just used the same words with their translations and the same rating system as she suggested except I divided those levels further into A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 as they are in the CEFRL. The level C2 is the highest but it is incredibly hard to reach so far.
To see how it works, just try, for example, the German test.
I thought I might develop the idea and add more languages if you guys find it useful. I know that this is nowhere near accurate and it is very easy to cheat but at least the first of these things could be improved. I was also thinking of choosing different words, perhaps less ambiguous ones sometimes but I decided to go with the ones you’ve currently got because Kató used them too. Well, to my knowledge, her book was translated from Hungarian to English, so these might not be accurate.
Whatever the case, that’s a start. Try it and let me know what you think.
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