I think this deserves it’s own topic. It will help keep the other thread on topic too.
Brian already got things started with a nice selection of definitions
[quote=“Sir Donald Bradman”]Merriam-Wevster
2 a : ready or facile in speech b : effortlessly smooth and rapid : POLISHED
(facile:adjective: arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth (Example: “Too facile a solution for so complex a problem”)
adjective: expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively (Example: “Able to dazzle with his facile tongue”)
adjective: performing adroitly and without effort (Example: “A facile hand”) )
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary)
1 When a person is fluent, they can speak a language easily, well and quickly:
She’s fluent in French.
2 When a language is fluent, it is spoken easily and without many pauses:
He speaks fluent Chinese.
He’s a fluent Russian speaker.
Able to express oneself readily and effortlessly: a fluent speaker; fluent in three languages.
Flowing effortlessly; polished: speaks fluent Russian; gave a fluent performance of the sonata.
- Skillfulness in speaking or writing. , 2. The quality of being facile in speech and writing; <SYN.> volubility, articulateness.
"flu:nt/ adjective 1 expressing oneself easily and naturally, esp. in foreign language. 2 flowing easily. fluency noun. fluently adverb.
speaking or writing easily and smoothly.
Example She is fluent in several languages.
1a. Able to express oneself readily and effortlessly: a fluent speaker; fluent in three languages. b. Flowing effortlessly; polished: speaks fluent Russian; gave a fluent performance of the sonata. [/quote]
I found something that, if someone is up to it, I think it’s worth a glance (I haven’t read it fully yet myself)
I make a big deal out the the definition because of sciencetific reasons. If I were (when I will be) doing tests, I would have a way to determine if I would put someone into the category of fluent.
I suppose people can be “more” fluent in some areas then others, but I think that in order for a person to have a serious grasp of a language, they will be good in all areas of that language (ie a persons use of spoken is limited by their reading ability).
Here’s a cool little fluency test I found. [CLICK HERE]