Other Languages on Harvard Supp???

<p>On the Harvard Supplement, it asks </p>

<p>"Which languages other than English can you speak, read or write?"</p>

<p>Does this mean fluency? (i.e. since I take AP Spanish, would I put I can speak, read, and write Spanish?)</p>

<p>Rate yourself realistically, and put down the languages that apply. I would have rated myself as not knowing any language other than English when I entered college, but languages are what I studied, so today I would self-rate as speaking, reading, and writing Chinese, reading German, and reading Greek and Hebrew. For sure, if you had a NATIVE language other than English, you would list it there. If you doubt your own ability (that is, if you haven't seen your Spanish AP scores yet, or don't regularly listen to Spanish-language broadcasting or read Spanish books) you can always decline to list a language you are still studying. Everyone starts at the beginning on a new language. </p>

<p>Good luck in your application.</p>

<p>Can you just know how to speak the language or do you have to be able to read and write it? Same question for being able to read and write a language but not speak it.</p>

<p>Baggins, it says to write languages you can read, speak, or write. So you can say you just can speak a language....Tokenadult, thanks for your advice. I think I'm going to say I speak, read, and write Spanish now. I just wanted to clarify that it wasn't asking for fluency. If anyone else has any advice, tell me!</p>

<p>Yes, certainly the thrust of the question is not that you have to be as proficient as a native speaker, as long as you can make use of the language comfortably. And as I recall responding to such a question on a college application (NOT Harvard's) years ago, there was space on the form to distinguish languages I could only read from languages that I also could speak.</p>