What is the difference between A1, A2, B1 etc.?

If you ever tried to find the right language course for you, you probably came across courses ranked from A1 to C2. These levels were defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Yet what is it that people at the various levels of competence can or cannot communicate in the language? Here is my answer.


The three broad levels are A1/A2 ("Basic User"), B1/B2 ("Independent User"), and C1/C2 ("Proficient User"). Let's take a look at what you should be able to communicate at the various levels set out by CERF.



So how does the above translate into our German courses? You will find a detailed account of what we normally cover at each level from A1 to C2 here.


Would you like to read other posts about language learning? Then check out our German language blog "Auf Deutsch bitte!" where you will find posts on the German language and language learning more generally, such as on the difference between subject and object, main and subordinate clauses, where we review language learning apps duolingo, memrise and co. and online dictionaries linguee, dict.cc and others, and we explain grammar terminology from a to z.


If you want to learn German, then check out our posts on useful beginner vocabulary in German, how long does it take to learn German, a cure for german grammar phobia, an explanation of German articles, German syntax rules, the difference between weil, da and denn and other connectors in German.


Learn more about Olesen Tuition, our private German lessons as well as our small German courses here.


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