Fluency allows you to participate fully with Spanish speakers
Click on the button to the left to watch a short video. When you become fluent in Spanish you'll be able to understand the conversation and you would be able to take part in it too.
But if you only reach a beginner or intermediate level, you'll find it difficult to understand or participate in this conversation. Yes - you may be able to make your needs known in Spanish in many simple situations, but if you don't understand what native speakers are saying you'll be watching from the sidelines.