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    Other ways of saying "having a general command of English"?

    Hi,

    When someone asks how good my English is and I would like to tell him/her that I only have a general command of the language, but do not want to use this phrase as I think it is a bit too formal in conversational context, what should I say?

    I only have "general English"? I only have "average English"? Or are there any more idiomatic ways of saying?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Other ways of saying "having a general command of English"?

    (By the way, I do not know if it is correct to say "general English" or "average English" in describing language ability)

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    Re: Other ways of saying "having a general command of English"?

    Quote Originally Posted by thincat View Post
    Hi,

    When someone asks how good my English is and I would like to tell him/her that I only have a general command of the language, but do not want to use this phrase as I think it is a bit too formal in conversational context, what should I say?

    I only have "general English"? I only have "average English"? Or are there any more idiomatic ways of saying?

    Thank you!
    "General English" and "average English" are unnatural. I'd say:

    - I've got a pretty good command of English.
    - My English is quite good.
    - I'm about intermediate level in English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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