VIDEO: How to get from B2 to C1 level?

If you have achieved the level in your foreign language where you are comfortable using it, you can communicate with people, listen to podcasts, read books without greater problems, that’s great! Congratulations because achieving this level is not very simple. So if you’ve made it that far, that’s awesome!

And the best thing is about to begin, because you can now start using the language and learn new information using the language as a tool. That’s actually one of the reasons why I love learning languages. I love to get new information through a different language. It makes me much happier than if I do it through my mother tongue, Slovak.

“Learning new things through a foreign language is fun.”

If you are on a comfortable B2 level, and want to move it to C1, I suggest that you start using the language to learn new things with online courses.

For example, you can use the website

It has a lot of free courses about everything, any topic that can possibly interest you will probably be there. Also, many universities create open courses for the public with interesting lectures from professors.

The language as a tool

In this way, you can use the language to get new information about something that interests you, but also to learn the language itself, as you will learn a lot of vocabulary connected to this topic.

Write the new phrases down and process them with other methods to make sure that you store them in your active vocabulary, not just the passive one.

One of my favorite methods is the Goldlist method. You can just write down phrases you heard in the course and put them into your Goldlist. Or you can use the Anki app, or whatever app you use to learn vocabulary. Just make sure it’s systematic.

You can work for 20 minutes a day, and always note 5 new words. Then you will grow your vocabulary step by step, while it won’t take you a lot of time. So this is one of the ideas of what you can do. I hope you enjoy it, and it will be fun for you. 

If you’re already on the B2 level, I guess you’ve made language-learning your daily habit. Still, if you need some help with finding more time in your day, check out our article on how to win over your ever-so-full schedule.

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Lýdia Machová

Language mentor
I have learned 7 languages by myself, and I usually add a new one every two years. As a language mentor I've helped thousands of people to learn languages by themselves, in ways different from traditional classroom methods, and with much better and faster results. I'm a TED and TEDx speaker and a former organizer of the Polyglot Gathering, one of the biggest world events for polyglots.