answer a question indirectly

Over the Thankgiving break, some uncles were in town and our family went out to dinner in New York. I greeted my uncle at the restaurant:

Uncle: (Cantonese) <Hello! Long time no see. Has your Chinese ???>
Crab: <Hallo hallo, uncle. What does “??” mean?>
Uncle: “Improve.”
Crab: Oh.

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