How to reach level B2 in English?

According to the CEFR, level B2 in English is the one that will allow you to speak fluently on most subjects, to understand almost everything you hear and read and, even, to work in English! Sounds good, right? So let’s go !

What is the B2 level in English?

Level B2 is the second of the intermediate levels. He is often called a confidant (assured, sure of himself). Once you reach B2, you will be able to talk about most topics fluently , without too many mistakes or too much hesitation. This is called being conversationally fluent . You will be able to watch films in English without subtitles , read information in English, express and defend your opinions, write in a structured way, make an oral presentation and you will even be able to work in English without feeling lost! At this stage of your learning, you will no longer be afraid to face a native speakerand to speak to him only in English, without even thinking in Hindi.

Maybe you are then wondering if it is worth continuing after reaching B2, because it is not clear what more we could learn? In a few words, it will still be difficult for you to read long complex texts, such as novels, you will not need Hindi subtitles when you watch a movie or a series, but you may have some still need in English. And, although you will be able to express yourself on most subjects in English at the B2 level, you will still struggle to talk about very complex or abstract things.

Welcome to professional English: level B2 will allow you
to work in English!
How to reach level B2 in English?

 

What does level B2 in English contain?

According to the CEFR, this is what one should be able to do:

 

What skills?

  • Understand the essential content of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text, including a technical discussion in his specialty.

  • Communicating with such a degree of spontaneity and ease that a conversation with a native speaker does not involve tension for either of them.

  • Express yourself in a clear and detailed way on a wide range of subjects, express an opinion on a topical subject and explain the advantages and disadvantages of different possibilities.
 

What grammar?

Here are the grammatical constructions you need to know to reach level B2. We’ve put together the best resources for you to familiarize yourself with all the B2 level information:

In EnglishIn French
Describing past experiences and storytellingDescribe past experiences and tell a story
Describing feelings and emotionsDescribe feelings and emotions
Describing hopes and plansTalk about your hopes and plans
Giving precise informationGive accurate information
Expressing abstract ideasExpressing abstract ideas
Expressing certainty, probability, doubtExpress certainty , probability , doubt
Generalizing and qualifyingGeneralize and nuance
Synthesizing, evaluating, glossing informationSynthesize, evaluate and comment on information
SpeculatingMake assumptions
Expressing opinionsTo express one’s opinion
Expressing agreement/disagreementExpressing agreement/disagreement
Expressing reaction, eg indifferenceExpress a reaction, for example, indifference
Criticizing and reviewingCritique and analyze
Developing an argumentDevelop an argument
Checking understandingCheck understanding
Managing interaction ( interrupting , changing topic , resuming or continuing)During a conversation: interrupt, change the subject, restart a conversation
Taking the lead in an interactionLead an interaction
Encouraging and inviting another speaker to continue, come in.Encourage or invite someone to continue, join the exchange.
Interacting informally , reacting , expressing interest, sympathy, surpriseInteract informally : react, express interest, sympathy, surprise
Linkers (sequential, past time)Link words (logical and temporal connectors)
Connecting words expressing cause and effect, contrast, etc.Linking words expressing cause and consequence , contrast , etc.
Past simple (Narrative)The past tense (narration)
Past continuous (Narrative)The past progressive/continuous (narration)
Used to (Narrative)Used to (narration)
Would expressing habit in the pastExpressing a past habit with would
Not perfectThe past perfect/more-than-perfect
Past perfect continuousThe continuous/progressive past perfect

Describe a problem, express feelings…
In short, learn to complain in English too!
How to reach level B2 in English?

In EnglishIn French
Future time with will and going to (Prediction)Expressing a future idea with will and going to
Future Continuous (Prediction)Expressing a prediction with the continuous/progressive future
future perfectFuture Perfect
Future perfect continuousFuture perfect continuous
Present perfect continuousThe progressive Present Perfect
Mixed conditionalsConcordance of tenses with the conditional
WishHow to use the verb wish
Advanced phrasal verbs (B2 verbs, double prepositions)Phrasal verbs, level B2
All passive formsAll forms in passive voice
Reported speech (range of tenses)indirect speech
Relative clausesRelative clauses
ShouldHow to use Should
Modals of deduction and speculationModals for expressing deduction or supposition
Can’t have, needn’t haveModals in the past tense: can’t have, needn’t have
With abstract nouns
Adjectives and adverbs ( contrasting adjectives and adverbs , adjectives used as intensifiers)Adjectives and adverbs (differentiating between adjectives and adverbs)
Attitudinal adverbsadverbs of manner
Collocation of intensifiersCollocations with intensifiers

The list of grammatical constructions has been adapted from the British Council and EAQUALS .

 

What vocabulary?

Here is the vocabulary you need to know to pass the B2 in English:

General B2 vocabularyIn French
Contrasting opinions (on the one hand…)Compare / contrast opinions ( on the one hand… )
Summarizing exponents (briefly, all in all…)Expressions to summarize ( briefly, all in all …)
FlatsharesCollocations
Colloquial languageThe colloquial language
Educationeducation
MoviesMovies
Books and Literaturebooks and literature
News, lifestyles and current affairsInformation, lifestyles and news
MediaThe media
ArtsArts
HealthHealth
Sexsex

Even time spent on social media could
become time spent learning English!
How to reach level B2 in English?

 

What topics?

And here are the topics you need to be able to talk about. Keep in mind that it is very likely that you will have to talk about one of the following topics (or a similar topic) during your speaking test:

The individualThe people
Behavioral patternsBehaviors
Fashion / clothing / cosmeticsFashion, clothes, cosmetics
partnershipRelationships
Making friends (in person, on the net, etc.)Make friends (in person or online, etc.)
Roles in the familyRoles in the family
Contacts at work / at schoolContacts at work, at school
FamilyFamily
Family/bringing up childrenThe family , raising children
Relationship of generations / living togetherRelations between generations, living together
Marriage / forms of partnershipMarriage, couple
Place of livingPlace of life
Rental / property / lodgingsBeing a tenant, owner
Buying a flat / buying on credit / renovationBuy an apartment, take out a loan, renovate
Way of living in a town and in a villageLive in the city or in the countryside
Traveling/transportationTravel
Driving/highway codesDriving, the rules of the road
Walking , riding the bikeWalk, cycle
Reasons / forms of traveling abroadHow and why to travel abroad
Shopping/shopsShopping
Shopping clothes / commercials, adsConsumer habits, advertising
Chains / shopping by mailChain stores, mail order
Retail shops versus shopping centersSmall shops vs malls
Communication/keeping in touchCommunicate, keep in touch
Reasons for the popularity of mobilesThe reasons for the success of the laptop
The role of language knowledge in communicationThe role of language knowledge in communication
The increasing dominance of the English language alThe growing dominance of the English language
ServicesServices
Car rental / travel agenciesRent a car ; travel agencies
Repairs / warrantiesRepair ; operate a warranty
culture/entertainmentCulture and entertainment
Books versus Internetbooks vs internet
Cinema, theater versus TV, video, DVDCinema, theater vs TV, videos and DVDs
The Internet and the social networking sitesInternet and social networks
Time/weatherThe weather, the seasons
Role and accuracy of forecastsThe role and accuracy of weather forecasts
Relationship of climate and flora / faunaThe link between climate and fauna and flora

Is global warming a real problem?
Learn to express your opinions in English!
How to reach level B2 in English?

Health, illnessesHealth
Outpatient department / hospital / specialistsAmbulatory services, hospitals, specialists
Nature cure – medicinesTraditional medicine vs modern medicine
Prevention / screeningPrevention and screening
Healthy dietHealthy food
SportSports
Doing sports – healthy lifestyle – dangerous/extreme sportsDoing sport, its benefits, dangerous or extreme sports
Ball games / team sports / rulesBall games, team sports, rules
Water sports / winter sportsWater sports, winter sports
Olympic GamesThe Olympic Games
MediaThe media
Features of newspapers , their columnsCharacteristics of newspapers, their sections
Sensation and newsSensationalism and news
HobbyHobbies
Pursuing amateur artsPractice the art as an amateur
Clubs (sports, cultural, professional)Clubs (sports, cultural, professional)
Hobby and workLeisure and work
Modern / peculiar hobbiesModern and unusual leisure
Studying/workingstudies and work
Language knowledge / skills / careerLanguage knowledge, skills, career
Equal opportunities in education / finding a workplaceEqual opportunities in education, in job search
UnemploymentUnemployment
Exchange programs / scholarships abroad / professional developmentExchange programs, scholarships abroad, vocational training
New forms of studyingNew ways of studying
European UnionThe European Union
Work in the EUWorking in the European Union
Language teaching / language knowledge / work opportunities in the EULanguage teaching, language skills , work opportunities in the EU.
Culture and civilisation: the home country and the target language countryCulture and civilization: country of origin and target country
Population / ethnic minoritiesPopulation, ethnic minorities
Historic traditions / monuments / cultural valuesThe history of traditions, monuments, cultural values
Artistic / ethnographic characteristicsArtistic, ethnographic characteristics
Public lifepublic life
Public institutions / personal documentsPublic institutions, personal documents
public safetypublic safety
National holidaysPublic holidays and national holidays
Environmental protectionThe environmental Protection
Pollution (air, water, soil, etc.)Pollution (air, water, soil, etc.)
Selective waste managementSelective sorting
recyclingThe recycling
Alternative sources of energyAlternative energy sources
Current topics/eventsThe news
Public life / politics / NGOsPublic life, politics, NGOs
Economyeconomy
ArtsArts
SportsThe sport

The topics are taken from the ECL Examination System site .

 

How to reach level B2 in English?

Here are our tips for reaching level B2 in English:

  • Reaching a level as high as B2 takes a lot of hard work and if you lack motivation or are learning English for any reason other than your own desire, you may run into problems. The solution is to diversify your resources and your equipment , and if it was previously optional to read and listen to media in English. now is the time to dive in! Try to do everything (or almost) that you would normally do in Hindi in English . I know it’s difficult and it’s not mandatory to do everything right away. Start by reading newspapers in English, try to discover more English music , replace Hindi subtitles with English subtitles, etc. Adapt yourself and your habits to include more and more English in your life!

  • In the B1 level article it was said that you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes and you still are, but at B2 level your goal is no longer just to make yourself understood. Now you must strive to speak English with a higher level , to make fewer mistakes; it is a level that should allow you to work in English in good conditions. Spend more time correcting your mistakes, and learning from them to keep improving. Experiment with new constructions, more complicated sentences: you will certainly make new mistakes, but these are the ones that will allow you to learn more and more. Get out of your comfort zoneand avoid using the same words and constructions all the time, even if it worked until now. Enrich your vocabulary.

  • We all have the same problem: we don’t have enough time to do everything! It can seem difficult, if not almost impossible, to find time each day to devote to English. An excellent technique, used by many great polyglots to make the most of their time, is to use their downtime ; we usually let a lot of “insignificant” moments escape us instead of using them to practice our English! Discover more tips for finding time to practice English !

You can’t learn English while sleeping,
but in almost all other situations, you can!
How to reach level B2 in English?

 

Method to reach level B2 in English

Are you looking for a method that brings together all the points we have just discussed in a logical and efficient system? So, discover our method, Click & Speak , and become bilingual in English! We have chewed up the work for you to find in the same place something to practice from home every day , intelligently. Our training allows you to take care of pronunciation, oral and to find your words in English.

 

How long to reach level B2 in English?

If you are starting from scratch, you will need around 500-600 hours of study to reach level B2 in English.

If you have an A1 level , you will need approximately 410-500 additional hours; if you already have an A2 level , you will have to study another 320-400 hours; and if you speak English at level B1 currently, you will need another 150-200 hours of work to reach B2.

 

Resources for level B2

 

Listen to English at the B2 level

Here are six example sentences taken from the Click & Speak method to give you a clearer idea of the B2 level:

  • It was around the time of my birthday last year. = It was last year, around my birthday.
  • I felt like one big dork! = I felt all awkward!
  • I’m shocked. I had no idea what he was going through. = I am shocked. I had no idea what he was going through.
  • How long do you think I would last, if I was to ride that bull? = How long do you think I would last if I rode that bull?
  • If all your friends jumped off a bridge then would you do it too? = If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you follow them?
  • He used to try to pick up a new habit every month. = He used to try to pick up a new habit every month.
 

English exam level B2

Watch the following videos: they show how the speaking test of a B2 exam can work. Can you understand all the questions and their answers? Do you think you can answer it?

 
Cambridge English: First (from 2015), Victoria and Edward
 
 

B2 level exam in English, oral expression

 
LRN Mock Interview for Level B2
 
 

How to speak English at B2 level

 
ISE II (B2) Speaking & Listening Manual
 
 

Oral expression and oral comprehension in English, level B2

 
B2 First English Test – Speaking Test
 
 

Obtain an English diploma, level B2

 

Written comprehension level B2

One of the elements of the exam that should not be overlooked is that of written comprehension . So here are some sites where you can practice it:

  • British Council
  • Exam Français
  • French test
 

B2 level test?

That’s a lot of information, we know! So, why not take a B2 level mock exam :

  • Cambridge First Certificate Exam
  • Exam Français

It will help you to understand well if you are ready to pass the B2 exam in English!

As with the other articles in this series, I would like to share with you my own experience of the B2 level! Currently, I have about a B2 level in Norwegian, which is my major at university. I always try to read the news in this language, I watch series and films in Norwegian to practice my comprehension and, even if it is still difficult from time to time, especially when people speak too quickly, I always manages to understand the essentials. I can also communicate with the natives in their own language, and despite a few mistakes here and there, we can chat on most subjects! Hope this gives you a better idea of what this level is all about and what you can expect.

What do you think ? Have you already reached level B2 or do you need a little more work? If you are still lacking a bit of basics, revise B1 ; and if you believe you have already reached this level, then the advanced level – the famous C1! – awaits you.