If you are planning to learn Bangla you must be aware of how fascinating the language is or how passionate Bangla speakers are for their language.
Bangla is not just a language, it is history in itself. 1952, Dhaka, Bangladesh and 1961, Assam, India, Bengali saw people sacrificing their lives for the only known language in the world. As a result of the historic protests, which witnessed a number of activists and students in Dhaka, Bangladesh, martyred during the Bengal movement on 21 February 1952, UNESCO drew inspiration, to name the day in history as the International Mother Language Day, which is celebrated in the world ever since 1997.
Let’s now see what level of Bangla is considered to be fluent.
Understand the crisp difference between proficiency and fluency.
Now, before you understand what level of Bangla is considered to be fluent it is very important to understand the clear difference between proficiency and fluency before you even start learning Bangla. Proficiency and fluency are two completely different things, that are sometimes used interchangeably with one another.
Proficiency Vs Fluency.
Proficiency is a much more professional manner of learning a language and achieving a level of mastery in it. On the other hand, fluency differs from person to person depending on their perspective on the language. This means that proficiency is super-objective in nature and fluency is super subjective in nature.
So what do you have to do to be proficient?
In order to achieve proficiency in a language, you not only have to achieve a decent level of fluency and every single skill involved but you also have to appear for professional examinations and achieve a diploma In the same. Apart from this, individuals who wish to achieve proficiency are also required to attend devoted classes for the same.
And what do you have to do to be fluent?
Fluency is pretty simple. It differs from person to person and is related to what they believe is considered to be fluent in the language. For a clear example, if you believe being able to speak Malayalam very well is being fluent in Malayalam, and that is your level of fluency.
With that said how does one decide if they are fluent in the language or not?
There is a pretty simple answer to this question. But before we get to that answer, if you have understood the difference between proficiency and fluency.
Your intention drives the game!
If your intention was to achieve proficiency in the language, then in that case you need to appear for professional examinations in order to assess your level of proficiency in the language. On the other hand, in order to achieve fluency in the Bangla language, you simply need to gauge your level in comparison to your ultimate goal in regards to the Bangla language.
Learning Bangla or any other language as a matter of fact is a matter of personal judgement more than anything else.
Basically, in order to gauge your own level of fluency, you have to compare it to what you believe is fluent in the language. For example, if you believe being fluent in Malayalam is by being able to read Malayalam really well, then in order to gauge your level of fluency, you simply need to check how well you yourself can read Malayalam. Similarly, you can gauge all the different skills in regard to your ultimate goal.