I'd like to ask a question in an email and I need to explain that I already speak two foreign languages fairly well. I don't want to seem overly confident as I know I still make mistakes, but I can keep a conversation going with anyone using these languages.

As the email I'm writing is quite long, I assume there could be one or two mistakes in it. I thought about adding the "judge it for yourself" phrase, but I'm not sure I'm using it correctly. A Google Search didn't show me relevant hits, so I'm even more inclined to suspect that the phrase might be a little off.


(... bla bla bla, I moved to Germany, but don't speak the language...)

I already speak English and Spanish fairly well (well, judge it for yourself, though) and now I am learning German.

(btw, is the double well awkward?)

Is this correct? Would you recommend me using another phrase?

PS. If I made any other mistakes in this post, let me know and feel free to point them out, because it's difficult for me to spot unidiomatic phrases.

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    Since the email is writing not speaking, I’d leave the whole “you can judge for yourself” clause out completely. – Jim Dec 27 '16 at 19:37
  • And if it was speaking? I'd like to know how to use this phrase (or find a better one). Thanks for the tip, I'll consider leaving it out from the email. – Vince Varga Dec 27 '16 at 19:40

The usual and customary phrase is "judge for yourself", without the "it". Google Ngrams shows practically no incidence of "judge it for yourself" when compared to "judge for yourself".

And yes, I think the second "well" is awkward.

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