> works, but sometimes the English is just so awful orI agree. The background of what they're talking about helps sometimes, too, but all of the above, so to say, adds up to probably no more than 30-40 percent of the instances.
> ambiguous that it's hopeless.
People often say "I speak language X," but there are levels to which one speaks a language, including one's own.
It is one thing to be able to say "I'll ask John to buy coffee on Wednesday," already a higher-level skill if, as needed, an English speaker can rattle it off on the spot without errors in Slovak, for instance, and another level to say something like "While having little experience, had anyone expected him to at all, John would have been ready to embark on a long, arduous odyssey to achieve the lofty goals he had set himself." In that sense, most native speakers don't fully "speak" even their mother tongue.