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?
In your cover letter, that is the place to expand upon the information in your resume; you want your cover letter and resume to work with each other to paint a complete picture of you. In your specific instance, given the information you provided, I would put the list of languages on your resume, and then in your cover letter say something along the lines of "As you can see on my resume, I am familiar with both Java and C#.Net. My coursework has focused primarily on Java, but I have also created a basic Patient Administration System using C#.Net as part of a semester-long project." That's it.
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My takeaway from this: if I'm going to claim that I can use a language on a resume or in an interview, then I had better be prepared to start reading and writing in that language as soon as I start, because that's what an employer is going to assume. "I can learn any language" isn't as useful as "I know this language that people at your workplace use." They have work that needs to be done; can you jump in and start doing it?