I feel like "Ich spreche ein wenig Deutsch" is wrong, can someone please tell me the right way to say this? TIA!


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I feel like "Ich spreche ein wenig Deutsch" is wrong

It isn't wrong, it's fine. But note that this mainly means "I speak German", and only tones it down a bit. So you can't really use it to tell somebody that your German is still limited. For that you would say "ich spreche nur wenig Deutsch".

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Also note that it's not that common to use "sprechen" for an ability. "Sprechen" is the actual act of speaking. So while you can use "ich spreche Deutsch" as an ability, it sounds more like "I do use German to communicate" than "I am able to use German when needed". For the plain ability, "ich kann Deutsch" is better than "ich spreche Deutsch".


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Op · 7m

This makes sense thanks, it seems similar to how one says one is hungry in German by saying "ich habe hunger" literally translated to 'I have hungry'. Thanks for the good tip! Duolingo has taught me "ich habe hunger" and "ich spreche Deutsch" but not the little things like "I only speak a little German" or "Please speak slowly so I can understand you", which is what I really need to be able to say, ha.


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I would use "Ich spreche etwas Deutsch" or "Ich kann ein bisschen Deutsch".


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Philosophically speaking, this is one of those sentences I wouldn't worry about getting exactly right. The level of sophistication you use will also indicate your level of proficiency. If you say it very eloquently, then you make it clear that you speak German pretty well, and don't need the other person to make significant allowances for you. But if you make a grammatical mistake while saying it, you are indirectly communicating that perhaps the other person should speak a bit slower to make sure you understand.


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Personally I’d say “ein bisschen Deutsch”


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I say “ich spreche nur ein bisschen Deutsch”


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You asked the question I also wanted to know the answer to


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I know a little German


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Op · 7m

Ha, good one lol


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Ich können spreche ein kleiner Deutsche. Don't take this for 100% I am new learner.


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A2 - American Learning German in Russia

Hello fellow newbie!

Just a note: placement and conjugation of verbs are important! Können is the infinitive of a verb (think: to be able to) and here you want to conjugate it (make it match) with the subject (ich). In this case, you get “Ich kann” (think: I can).

Now, because you have your subject at the beginning and your verb in the second position (you’ll learn more of this later!) your other verb (sprechen) will remain in the infinitive and be kicked to the end of the sentence. (So far we have: Ich kann sprechen.)

So what about the other parts? Klein means more like small here and a small German sounds funky here, right? It would be better to say “ein bisschen Deutsch” (a little bit of German). This will precede your verb(s) at the end of the sentence.

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So now we get: Ich kann ein bisschen Deutsch sprechen. (The verb sprechen is optional!)


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Couldn’t I say “ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch“ ?


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In my books they say: "Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch"


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Ich kann ein bisschen Deutsch. The verb sprechen is optional.


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