Hi all, I need your help. I wonder if fluent in one language is the same as having an excellent command of the language and also if one of the terms is preferred in UK/US. I have read several old threads but there seems to be different perceptions on the word fluent. I”m preparing my CV and I want to say that I speak, read and write one language very well even if not a native speaker. And due to layout limitations I don”t have so much space to write that. I feel a tad uncertain as I”ve read CVs from people who are born in the US but have Spanish heritage and they claim they are “fluent in Spanish” but despite their perfect accent they don”t write or read it correctly (or at all), their vocabulary is rather limited and their grammar is really far from flawless. My case is the opposite, my accent is not just like a native”s but my grammar and vocabulary even if not perfect, are quite good, both spoken and in writing. I”ll be sending my CV to both British and American companies, so I”d like to know if I should change the term depending on the company”s nationality.
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Fluent sounds better than saying you have an excellent command; to me, “fluent” means you speak almost as a native speaker, but having an “excellent command” means you do it well, but not as well as someone who”s totally fluent. It sounds like those other people who claimed fluency were lying, or at least stretching the truth.
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If you speak a language fluently, it implies you speak it with ease, smoothly, without hesitation. You could still be fluent and speak the language with an accent, although the accent shouldn”t be so strong that the person at times is incomprehensible. A fluent person could speak the language with accuracy, although a native speaker could speak his language fluently even with a regional accent, yet not have an excellent command of his language, making grammatical mistakes at times. When I hear “excellent command,” I think of a person who speaks the language with expertise, mastery, and accuracy. This person may also speak the language with an accent and could still be considered having an excellent command as long as the person doesn”t have an accent that makes the language at times incomprehensible.
I agree with Lizara. “Fluent” implies a non-native speaker who speaks the language almost as well as a native (in terms of grammar and vocabulary – the acccent doesn”t have to be perfect). It”s quite common for people to exaggerate their abilities in a CV.I would say someone had “an excellent command” of the language if they were a native speaker particularly talented at speaking or writing.
I agree with the comments above.Fluency in a language implies that you”re able to speak it “with fluidity”, i.e. clearly, correctly and without hesitation. The language comes to you naturally (or, at least, appears as such to the other person).