My English skills are poor. Which of these is correct to say?

"I can't understand what does it mean"
"I can't understand what it means".

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    "What does it mean?" is a question. "I can't understand what it means" is a statement (though it implies that you are asking for an explanation).
    – Kate Bunting
    Jul 4 '19 at 12:38
  • @KateBunting Thanks for your interest. Which one is more popular than the other?
    – Antonio
    Jul 4 '19 at 14:05
  • That depends whether you are asking a question or telling someone that you don't understand them!
    – Kate Bunting
    Jul 4 '19 at 15:36

"I can't understand what it means" is an indirect question. You need to use a direct word order, like in a statement, after what/when/where/if/etc.

"Can you tell me where the bank is?"

"I was wondering how you did that. "

If you really want to use your first example, you need to separate it into two distinct sentences: "I can't understand. What does it mean?"

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