The person who wrote that was not claiming authority; they wrote, as you quoted, 'as far as I know'. They also wrote, 'I would appreciate if someone (a native) can answer these questions; I'm really interested in such differences.' The claim that this is infamous characterisation of your countrymen is indeed hyperbolic.
Don't worry about it. I feel no need to apologise for my denseness in not noticing that it was an attempt at humour, so you certainly don't have to feel guilty about my densesness. The threads are a better place for humour, even if it doesn't always work for some. Carry on, please.
What about get married 'off'
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This British author mentions only talk to, although does mention talk with for 'some American speakers':
speak - talk - used with 'to' and 'with'
If you speak to someoneone or talk to them, you have a conversation with them,
I saw you speaking to him just now.
I enjoyed talking to Anne.
Some American speakers say speak with or talk with.
Sinclair, John [Editor-in-Chief] (1992) Collins Cobuild English Usage, London: HarperCollins
Below are from Macmillan Dictionary and Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English respectively, both BrE dictionaries. They do not say that 'talk with' is AmE.
I would like to hear from BrE native speakers.
Thanks in advance.
1. to have a conversation with other people
They were all talking and laughing together.
talk to: I need to talk to you.
talk with: Everyone was busily talking with their friends.
talk about: We were talking about you just last night.
2. Parents should talk with their children about drug abuse.
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Of course dictionaries don't list unnatural forms. They would be ten times the weight and size if they did.
So far you have had me, a speaker of BrE saying: For me, and for many speakers of BrE, 'talk (verb) with' is not very natural. While nobody has appeared to say, "Of course Johnson is right, as always", nobody has yet disagreeed violently.
You had a quotation from Swan, a widely repected writer in BrE areas, giving only 'to' examples, and then saying that some American speakers use 'with'. You then found Macmillan and Longman who do not say that 'with' is AmE. (Why you want speakers of BrE to confirm that is beyond me).
If you like, I'll give you the Longman Dictionary of American English definitions of talk -"1. to say things to someone as part of a conversation", two quotations, one each for 'to' and 'with; "2. to discuss something with someone, especially something important", one quotation for 'with, none for 'to'.
Just what is it about my original statement, implicitly confirmed by Swan, that makes you so desperate for confirmation?