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Old January 24, 2016, 02:26 AM
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The other day I was talking to a friend who is now employed at our local university and gets nearly free tuition. So he said that he's looking into an MA in French. I told him that I had no idea he spoke French and he said that he didnt, but he can read it quite well.
So I'm curious. Anyone who took Spanish at university, what was your level? I had assumed it would be a B2 to C1 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comm..._for_Languages) if you minor in a second language. Has anyone done a graduate degree in Spanish? I never took any university Spanish courses, but an MA in Spanish would be pretty neat. If I had unlimited cash, I would love to do that and get more into Spanish literature etc. Alas, I don’t have the necessary $$ to indulge myself.
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When I started my university studies I planned to major in Spanish language and literature. I completed the equivalent of a minor in that program, but I eventually chose a different major for my undergraduate degree.

I completed my studies before CERF was developed, and my level of ability according to that scale has never been formally evaluated. However, I have tried the on-line short tests from the Cervantes Institute, and my results suggest that my CERF level may be as high as C1.

I have little interest in pursuing a degree in Spanish literature; during my university studies I learned that I lack sufficient passion for literary analysis and criticism to consider continuing such a course of study, even though I happily read for several hours per week.
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Interesting. Thanks for sharing wrholt. Would you say you were at a similar level after graduating from university?
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Mostly, yes, although I continued learning Spanish informally for some time, partly through taking advantage of opportunities to converse with native speakers in a variety of contexts; my aural/oral skills benefited from additional practice over the next few years even though I was not in formal classes. Over the past 28 years I have had much less frequent opportunities to practice/use Spanish on a regular basis.
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