How to Say "I Speak a Little Spanish"

Quick Answer

I speak a little Spanish. = Hablo un poco de español.or Hablo muy poco español.

  • Saying "Hablo un poco de español." puts a positive spin on things. It's like saying "Yes, I do speak a little Spanish."
  • Saying "Hablo muy poco español." puts a negative or apologetic spin on things. It's like saying "I'm sorry, I don't speak much Spanish."
examples
Mi mamá no habla inglés. - ¡No te preocupes! Hablo un poco de español.
My mom doesn't speak English. - Don't worry! I speak a little Spanish.
No entiendo. Hablo muy poco español.
I don't understand. I speak (only) a little Spanish.

While the term español is generally used to refer to the Spanish language, the use of the term castellano is preferred in Spain and some Latin American countries.