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Is it proper to say "Yo no soy fluente en portugues." The dictionary states that fluent = fluente, but it sounds awkward. Is there a better way to express this'

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updated FEB 12, 2009
posted by kathy8

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I also agree with Nathaniel, but another option is "No hablo el portugués con fluidez."

The word fluente is only listed in the DRAE as a variant of fluyente, which is defined as " adj. Que fluye." That is, it is only used to refer to things that actually flow, to the best of my knowledge.

updated FEB 12, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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It sounds very awkward, but you can say: "No hablo el portugués con fluidez".

Do not say "YO".

updated FEB 12, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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Nathaniel said:

If you wanted to tell someone that you don't speak a language well, better than say that you aren't fluent, say that you don't speak it well. If oyu do speak it well but aren't fluent, say that you speak well, but that you don't speak perfectly. Here is an example.

No hablo bien el portugues - I do not speak Portuguese well

Hablo el portugues bastante bien, pero no perfecto - I speak Portuguese very well, but not perfectly

If something just doesn't seem to 'flow right', there are always other ways to say things to get the point accross.

With regards to the fluency of a language, you can say "no hablo portugués con soltura", however, as Nathaniel has said it is better to say that you don´t speak it well.

updated FEB 12, 2009
posted by Eddy
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If you wanted to tell someone that you don't speak a language well, better than say that you aren't fluent, say that you don't speak it well. If oyu do speak it well but aren't fluent, say that you speak well, but that you don't speak perfectly.

Here is an example.

No hablo bien el portugues - I do not speak Portuguese well
Hablo el portugues bastante bien, pero no perfecto - I speak Portuguese very well, but not perfectly

If something just doesn't seem to 'flow right', there are always other ways to say things to get the point accross.

updated FEB 12, 2009
posted by Nathaniel