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    Lightbulb I know enough Japanese to make myself understood.

    Hello all,
    Does the following sentence mean 'speaking in a way that Japanese people understand him, and he can speak enough Japanese '?

    "I know enough Japanese to make myself understood."

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    Re: I know enough Japanese to make myself understood.

    He doesn't speak Japanese very well, but native Japanese speakers get the general idea of what he's trying to say. He likely has problems with grammar and pronunciation, but he's still understandable with some listener effort.
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    Re: I know enough Japanese to make myself understood.

    Skrej gives a good response to your question.

    I'll add there's a sort of old joke where one says, "I know enough ______ to get my face slapped", meaning one has tried to learn a new language mostly for social interactions, but has not learned the subtleties of what is acceptable.

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    Re: I know enough Japanese to make myself understood.

    I am not a teacher.

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