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proficient

adjective uk   /prəˈfɪʃ.ənt/ us  
skilled and experienced: a proficient swimmer She's proficient in two languages. It takes a couple of years of regular driving before you become proficient at it.
proficiency
noun [U] uk   /-ən.si/ us  
The job ad said they wanted proficiency in at least two languages.
Translations of “proficient”
in Korean 숙달된…
in Arabic بارِع…
in French (très) compétent (en)…
in Turkish yeterli, usta, mahir…
in Italian esperto, competente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 熟練的, 精通的…
in Russian умелый, знающий…
in Polish biegły…
in Spanish perito, hábil, competente…
in Portuguese proficiente, hábil…
in German tüchtig…
in Catalan expert, competent…
in Japanese 堪能な, 秀でた…
in Chinese (Simplified) 熟练的, 精通的…
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