So it’s a bit of a thing, that if you’re clearly making an attempt to speak Japanese, someone is eventually going to say your 日本語 is 上手. They’re being polite, of course, it’s terrible. But at least you’re trying to learn and maybe making some somewhat-intelligible sounds come out of the mouth-hole once in a while. And by you I mean me.
So what is the polite way to answer that? I mean, I don’t want to refuse a compliment, but I also don’t want to look like I think I actually believe I’m good at it. Something like “You’re very kind! I’m sorry I’m not better, but I’m trying to learn!” Or should I just say thank you and leave it at that?