How much experience do you need in a language before you can put it on your resume? There is one language I'm in proficient in (Java) which I would definately put on the resume but say I took I couple of semester courses in college which involved extensive programming in C or selftaught myself C# but have written no meaningful projects in it, can I put those languages on the resume without having the employer laugh at it or percieve it as resume inflation?
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I include any language which I have used as a professional; i.e. any language I used while paid to write in it. And I don't list competance levels. A resume is an introduction; If I say "Computer languages: Algol, Basic, C, C++, Cobol, Fiemaker, Fortran, and Foxpro", it's up to the interviewer to ask "Just how much Algol do you know?" Probably more than any other person he's ever interviewed. It's sort of a list of discussion topics, not an expertise claim.
I find that the more technologies a candidate lists on their resume - the less they actually know!
Knowledge of specific technologies is important but experience and knowledge of methodologies is more important.
I would focus on communicating your experience (while mentioning the technology used), and what you know about how software is developed, rather than making lists of technologies and assigning arbitrary levels to them (beginner, intermediate, etc.).
To answer your question - don't list any. Or, list only those that are mentioned in your experience.