what is the difference
do you speak french?
no i don't
can you speak french
no i can't
The small difference I see is that if you "don't" speak french, you could potentially speak a few words in french, it's just that you don't use French as a language to speak in. If you "can't" speak french, you can't say even one word in french.
"Don't" implies that you are not in the habit of speaking french, while "Can't" implies that you are unable to speak french.
The second example could be used as a response to a statement:
Originally Posted by Unregistered
"I am multi-lingual."
"Really? Can you speak French?"
"No, I can't."
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