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What level am I?

We teach courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, based on the ACTFL scale. The levels are further divided into three sub-levels: low, mid, and high. We determine your level through a short structured interview. However, you can get an approximate idea through the following descriptions.


An absolute beginner cannot communicate at all. If you are beginner mid or high level, you can communicate minimally on everyday topics, but cannot yet ask and answer all basic questions.

It takes about 3-4 weeks of intensive study to move from absolute beginner to intermediate level.


At this level you converse, but still speak inaccurately, and cannot yet handle formal situations.

It takes several months of intensive study, or several years of living in Timor, to reach advanced level.


You can narrate, describe, compare, explain, discuss, and handle some formal situations.