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    Are these sentences correct and natural?
    1. A little English is spoken in Japan.
    2. A little English is spoken in this case.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: a little English is spoken

    #1 is a good sentence, but I don't know what #2 means.

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    Default Re: a little English is spoken

    Thank you very much, 2006.

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    Default Re: a little English is spoken

    You could say 'little English is spoken in Japan' if you thought the langugae level was inadequate.

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    Default Re: a little English is spoken

    Thank you, Tdol.
    1. Little English is spoken in Japan.
    = People in Japan don't speak English well.
    They are not good at speaking English?
    2. A little English is spoken in Japan.
    = People in Japan don't speak English frequently.
    They usually speak Japanese?

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    Default Re: a little English is spoken

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan View Post
    Thank you, Tdol.
    1. Little English is spoken in Japan.
    = People in Japan don't speak English well.
    They are not good at speaking English?
    "Little English is spoken in Japan" means to me that not much English is spoken in Japan. (Whether that is true or not is irrelevant here.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan View Post
    2. A little English is spoken in Japan.
    = People in Japan don't speak English frequently.
    They usually speak Japanese?
    "A little English is spoken in Japan" means to me that some English is spoken in Japan, but English isn't used very often.

    To say "They are not good at speaking English" say "Their English is inadequate (or some variation of that). (Of course, the terms we are using here are relative. What is not enough for one person might be too much to another.)

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    Default Re: a little English is spoken

    Thank you very much, RonBee.
    How about these?
    1-1. I speak little English.
    1-2. I speak English little.
    2-1. I speak a little English.
    2-2. I speak English a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan View Post
    Thank you very much, RonBee.
    How about these?
    1-1. I speak little English.
    1-2. I speak English little.
    2-1. I speak a little English.
    2-2. I speak English a little.
    The second one is the only one that doesn't work.

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    Default Re: a little English is spoken

    Thank you, RonBee.

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