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How to detect buyers lying about their proficiency in a language


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I've noticed from some posts that some buyers order and then find out that the seller isn't proficent in English or any language they claim to be proficient in. I know most people aren't swimming in cash and just want the service they're promised.

the trick is to first check out if they have any samples of their work. However, they could've copied that, so look for something that's rare and couldn't be copied. Secondly, notice their spelling and punctuation in the description. And finally, the best advice I can give you is to go to their profile and see whether they've taken the Fiverr English test and how they scored, I would say that's the litmus test for determining whether the seller is actually fluent in English.

If they're claiming to be proficient in a language other than English, check the reviews. That should give you an indication as to whether they're being truthful or not.

Good luck, don't get scammed!

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4 hours ago, the_civil_panda said:

And finally, the best advice I can give you is to go to their profile and see whether they've taken the Fiverr English test and how they scored, I would say that's the litmus test for determining whether the seller is actually fluent in English.

Not really. I thought it was a silly test. They gave me 40 minutes to take the test and I finished it in less than 10 minutes. I scored a 9/10, which was lower than some of the sellers I've considered buying from (and who I found couldn't even string a decent sentence together).

For me, the best test of a seller's English ability is to chat with them in the order chats or do a quick Zoom call. I also like to do a mini order to test their services out and see what it's like to work with them.

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Simply by

  • Description check
  • Brief conversation
  • Asking complex questions
  • Grammar check
  • Ask for references 
  • Writing samples

Lastly pose complex questions and scenarios and be attentive to their replies.I also provide services in various languages. Feel free to ping me.

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Hey! I would recommend to arrange a quick 10min call with the seller and you will be just fine. 

Every time I purchase a gig, I always have a call with the seller prior to finalising the order. The reason for this is that knowing a language is one thing, but understanding what someone is asking, in this case the buyer, it's another thing. 

Arrange a call, you won't regret it. If the seller doesn't want, then maybe you need to change seller. 

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18 minutes ago, roundedsquares said:

Hey! I would recommend to arrange a quick 10min call with the seller and you will be just fine. 

Every time I purchase a gig, I always have a call with the seller prior to finalising the order. The reason for this is that knowing a language is one thing, but understanding what someone is asking, in this case the buyer, it's another thing. 

Arrange a call, you won't regret it. If the seller doesn't want, then maybe you need to change seller. 

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Talk: Engage in conversation to assess fluency.

Tests: Use language proficiency tests.

Samples: Request work examples.

Terms: Test specific vocabulary.

Culture: Ask about cultural knowledge.

Responses: Watch response speed.

Complexity: Use intricate language.

Mistakes: Note common errors.

Tasks: Assign small language tests.

Grammar: Check for errors.

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22 minutes ago, monoara_1526 said:

Thanks for your right comment 

What’s so right about it? All the scammers cheat on that test anyway. It’s not a good way to judge if somebody is a fluent English speaker.

EDIT: Oh, I see you cheated on it too...

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Yes, this topic holds significant importance. There are numerous valuable suggestions here, and I'm grateful for all the insightful contributions. However, I'd like to bring up an observation: What might occur if an English-proficient seller lacks a strong understanding of the services they're providing? Recognizing and comprehending the services is equally crucial.
Other hand, someone is very well at conversation than speaking to understand the projects. So you can check the reviews provided by many buyers. And then you can start the projects with the seller.

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The Fiverr test is similar to an online exam. You get plenty of the resources to use and cheat. 

The only way to weed out the liars is to chat with them. 

I didn't mention the zoom because a lot of sellers find it difficult to 'speak' English due to the reason that they don't speak it on a daily basis and may find it hard to conversate. On the other hand their writing ability may be better than many of us. 

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That's a big issue, I was once invited to webinar held by fiverr, this topic was one of the main subjects in the meeting,, I remember I asked them what happens if a buyer because of this issue cancels a the order and then one of the staff replied that this issue must be resolved with CS team, all I know this issue was under investigation by fiver since 2020 and as result they added google translate button and Grammarly add on to chat for both client and seller.

Honestly this problem goes both ways, A seller or even a buyer can just lie about it and fiverr can not do anything about it except providing tools to minimum problems.
You can simply ask some distracting questions to check if your seller or buyer understands you however I strongly advice not to do it. Simply ask if client can understand you and if not make sure he approves the description on your gig.

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I just did this. I asked her if she was located in USA and she said she was. I checked the time stamp on the message thread and asked her if she was really in the US because it wasn't 6 hours ahead in any state right now and she blocked me. I only called her out because like other people I have messaged with, she couldn't form a sentence to save her life.

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