In English you might say “my Spanish is not very good,” in reference to your language skills, or “I’m trying to improve my Japanese.” Is the same true in French?

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Yes, we definitely use the same phrasing.

Beware that there is no capital in language names in French:

Mon espagnol n'est pas très bon.

J'essaie d'améliorer mon japonais.

  • Ah, i knew that, just wasn't paying enough attention. Thank you! May 26, 2018 at 8:45
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    Of course, one's French husband (mon Français) might need improvement too ;)
    – Luke Sawczak
    May 26, 2018 at 13:37
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    @Luke L'Espagnol de ma Française n'a pas un bon allemand...
    – jlliagre
    May 27, 2018 at 10:58

Yes, you can say it, but this is, in my opinion, not the best option.

I personally never heard "mon" before a language! I would use "en":

Je ne suis pas très bon en espagnol

J'essaye de m'améliorer en japonais

Literally, your language is not improving, but you are improving in language.

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    Pourtant, « Mon français » ou « Mon espagnol » etc. est très courant.
    – Toto
    Jun 5, 2018 at 11:49
  • Je n'ai pourtant jamais entendu ça ailleurs des traductions mot-à-mot ! "Mon niveau d'espagnol" est beaucoup plus français, selon moi.
    – Ivaalo
    Jun 5, 2018 at 12:33

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