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The most common form is 「日本語ができますか？」 or 「日本語(を)喋れますか？」. It's completely OK to directly ask someone's ability in this case. I usually make "indirect" questions like 「日本語をお話しになりますか？」 only when I talk to someone who is far higher than me and have to be super polite. 「日本語しゃべるの？」 sounds a bit weird to me, because 「しゃべるの？」 is a casual expression but the speaker ...
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