Language signposts

Today I (JM) bought and installed a wireless internet router in our household. All in Chinese.

Am I fluent in networking language in Chinese? No. Did I understand every word in the process? No.

Does the router work? Yes!

This makes me think that a new and useful fluency grade should be added to the language scale:

Elementary –> Beginner –> Able to install networking hardware –> Native Speaker

So somewhere along the last year and a half, I’ve traveled up the scale to this indeterminate point of fluency in Chinese. I don’t know what’s next on the scale. Maybe I’ll finally figure out what the mystery meat is on the local menu.

Then again, maybe I don’t want to know.


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