I am looking for a noun which describes a lower level of skill than proficiency, a synonym for intermediate. A word that would fit in this context:

conversational .... in Greek

I am trying to say that I speak the language on an intermediate level

Any ideas?

  • intermediate. But it might be more informative to specify the levels for reading, writing, listening/understanding, and speaking. They are typically not the same. – Drew Nov 4 '15 at 23:58

Try conversant, it literally means being able to hold a conversation (in a foreign language). The usage would be "I am conversant in Greek."


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Greenhorn / Veteran

Feel free for Reference


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  • cite veteran and greenhorn in a reputable American English dictionary too. – lbf Mar 8 '18 at 13:23
  • @ibf I had to reject an edit suggested by you, because it seems that the OP is proposing "Call of duty" as a solution. The answers he is suggesting are two: "greenhorn" and "veteran". Call of duty is the name of the Wiki page link – Mari-Lou A Mar 8 '18 at 13:27
  • Rohit Tripathi, I think you have misunderstood the question being asked, the poster wants a noun that is suitable for a speaker of a foreign at an intermediate level, for example, "She is a/an ____ Arab speaker" See Chris's suggested answer above. – Mari-Lou A Mar 8 '18 at 13:33

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