I had listened this sentence somewhere, but couldn't recall where. Today I listened the same sentence in the song "Wanna Know" by "Obie Trice".
So what is the meaning of the line,
You speak no English
To me it appears that it means that you do not speak any kind of English.
I am a bit confused with the meaning of the word any here. When does the word no become any?
I know that a sentence like "I don't care about nobody" means "I don't care about anybody". Does "no" become "any" only in double-negative type of sentences? But there are sentences like, "I have no pen" mean "I don't have any pen". That is "no" is equivalent to "any" in usual sentences also.
Another thing, when we say "I have no pen", it means that "I don't have any type of pen. So a sentence like "I have no X" requires there to be a number of different types of X to exist. But in some sentences like "I have no milk", it means "I don't have any amount of milk". Could you clear the things up, when is
no=any kind of and when is
any=any amount of. Still I can understand when
any=any amount or
any=any kind of, from the context, but I can't conceive an objective criteria for this.