2年間ぐらい全然漢字使ってなくて、今なんか書こうと思えば、ま、ちょっと難しい。読めるっちゃ読めるけど... I haven't used kanji at all for about two years, and if I want to write something now, it's a little difficult. I can read it, but ...

I've never heard this っちゃ_るけど construction used before in all my time studying this language. I've searched around but can't find any lessons relating to this on any online grammar guides. Maybe it's rare.

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    Related: japanese.stackexchange.com/q/21318/43676
    – aguijonazo
    Jul 15, 2021 at 3:40
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    @aguijonazo Thanks for the reply, and the link! Since I couldn't find るけど on that post specifically, I'll just assume that っちゃ_るけど = "somewhat ~~", "~~ to a degree", "You could call it ~~, I guess", etc. Like maybe: 読めるっちゃ読めるけど... = "I can read it somewhat, if you'd like to call it that..."
    – SomaRise
    Jul 15, 2021 at 5:07

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る is the 終止形 ending of the verb. So as you comment, V + っちゃ + V + けど would be the general pattern.

  • 忙しいっちゃ忙しい (in the post) = I got things to do, but not ultra-busy.

  • クラシックを聞くっちゃ聞く = I listen to classical music, but not a huge fan.

  • そいつを知ってるっちゃ知ってる = I know that guy, but not very well.

For the meaning, I think you already get it right.

  • Thanks for the help! I hope this post will be as useful to future language students as it has been for me.
    – SomaRise
    Jul 15, 2021 at 8:19

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