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If who asks me if i speak civicpride-kusatsu.net, in English I would answer "I speak very tiny civicpride-kusatsu.net", but what would be a proper means of saying this in civicpride-kusatsu.net?


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If girlfriend really desire them to recognize that you space a beginner, much better not usage anything also sophisticated. Ns think the a simple

私わたしは日本にほん語ごが下手へたです。 Watashi wa nihongo ga heta desu.

would be an excellent for this situation.

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If girlfriend don"t want to say that your civicpride-kusatsu.net is poor, you deserve to dodge it with

私は日本語が上手うまくないです。 日本語が少すこしだけ話はなせます。 (thanks Felipe Oliveira)
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There is something really peculiar around trying to discover ever much more elegant methods of speak "I don"t speak much civicpride-kusatsu.net." discovering a language is about coming to understand what people say to you (without "thinking", or "translating in her head"), and finding yourself being able come reply since you understand what to say (again, without calculation). My tip is:

日本語にほんご(は)、少すこし(...)

You only require to know (internally, really understand) three points here: nihongo and sukoshi you more than likely do already, and は(wa) is a subject marker. The topic here is no you, that is civicpride-kusatsu.net, due to the fact that that"s what we room talking about; this means "With regard to the topic of civicpride-kusatsu.net, "not much"".

Here"s a transcript the an really conversation which emerged the various other day in a neighborhood hospital:

Doctor"s assistant: 日本語にほんごは大丈夫だいじょうぶですか

Me: 大丈夫だいじょうぶです

This is much an ext natural for two reasons: No watashi-anata stuff, i m sorry is not about learning civicpride-kusatsu.net, an ext about learning "translated English". And also an oddity the English: when we speak "Do girlfriend speak German?" us really mean "Do you recognize German?" In civicpride-kusatsu.net (and probably countless other languages) the is an ext natural to say "分かりますか?", and if you really know nearly no civicpride-kusatsu.net, the following is an ext useful come memorise as a sentence: