LANGUAGE LEVELS

The descriptions below, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL, 2001), will help you figure out your language level.
You can also take an online TEG quiz here to help determine your current level.

A0 Level (Absolute Beginner)

  • This level describes someone who has little or no Irish language experience. A minimum of A1 level is required to participate in our Tasc an Lae activities.

A1 Level (Beginner)
At A1 level you can:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • Introduce yourself and others.
  • Ask and answer questions about personal details such as where you live, what you do, people you know and things you have.
  • Ask and give directions.
  • Order food and drink.
  • Make very basic travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • Have a basic conversation, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 Level (Elementary)
At A2 level you can:

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas including basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography and employment.
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Describe, in simple terms, aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
  • Comfortably ‘get by’ in Irish, albeit with some difficulty.

B1 Level (Intermediate)
At B1 level you can:

  • Understand the main points regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
    Deal with most situations likely to arise while speaking Irish.
  • Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences and events.
  • Talk about dreams, hopes and ambitions.
  • Briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
  • Could consider working in the Gaeltacht (e.g. bar/counter work, waiting service in cafés or basic office work)!

B2 Level (Upper Intermediate)
At B2 level you can:

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party.
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
  • Do business with speakers of the language in most run-of-the-mill situations.

C1 Level (Advanced)
At C1 level you can:

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, without strain for either party.
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C2 Level (Proficient)
At C2 level you can:

  • Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
  • Summarise information from different spoken and written sources.
  • Reconstruct arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
  • Express yourself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely.
  • Differentiate finer shades of meaning, even in the most complex situations.