Originally Posted by patteeu
Why is that such a difficult detail to work out? It wouldn't be hard at all to develope a test.
I was in Portugal recently. I know enough Portuguese to get by - meaning I can buy food and get coffee, and tell a taxi where to go. But in any conversation, I break down pretty quickly. Which is fine, because almost all there are very willing to speak English (more so than Spanish, weirdly enough). But at what point should I be allowed in? What level do I need to reach to be accepted?
Languages aren't learned on a "you know it, or you don't". Most of the exams are very theoretical as well. In one of the Spanish exams I've taken, I had to (on the spot) discuss the benefits of public vs. private high school education. Is that really something some guy coming over to work a minimum wage job needs to give a **** about?