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"Can you speak English?"

Translation:你会说英文吗?

December 5, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/verticordian

it's my understanding that 说 is not 100% required in this sentence and that '你会英文吗?' makes perfect grammatical sense. any confirmation on this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yasmin611499

What's the difference between 英文and 英语?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nick133353

英语 is only the spoken version of the language. 英文covers the language in its entirety


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dennis385858

That being the case, the correct answer should be 英语 and not 英文.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StephanusG1

The language in its entirety includes the spoken language. Both are acceptable here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Clara604861

But the question is specifically about speaking. 说.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yury184467

Is 你会不会说英文 correct answer for this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msf7SF

How can one 说 a written language which 文 refers to?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dennis385858

You are right. The correct word is 语.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RaymondGri3

In my experience 可以 is also used but wasn't an option.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KentaroT.V

Yeah I put "你可以说英文吗?" but It was marked wrong. I'm confused.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/s_a_r_i_t_a

Can I say "你英语会说吗"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Audacity1

No i don't think so


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Audacity1

Can you also say 你说英文了吗 ni shuo ying wen liao ma

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