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    Default Talk in English or talk on English?

    I wonder what is correct "I talk in English" or "I talk on English"?

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    Default Re: Talk in English or talk on English?

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    Some possibilities depending on what you mean to say;

    To talk in English.
    To talk on in English.
    To talk on English Language.

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    Default Re: Talk in English or talk on English?

    If you're talking about the language, we normally use "speak", not "talk".

    I was speaking [in] Spanish with a friend yesterday.
    He speaks in English on the phone every day.

    We don't necessarily use "in". I speak Spanish. He speaks English every day.

    I think it's better to use "speak" when the subject is languages. You wouldn't ask someone "How many languages do you talk?" or "Do you talk German?"

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    Default Re: Talk in English or talk on English?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you're talking about the language, we normally use "speak", not "talk".

    I was speaking [in] Spanish with a friend yesterday.
    He speaks in English on the phone every day.

    We don't necessarily use "in". I speak Spanish. He speaks English every day.

    I think it's better to use "speak" when the subject is languages. You wouldn't ask someone "How many languages do you talk?" or "Do you talk German?"
    What about such an example? ;

    My friend and I were talking, and then I suggested him that we talk on in English to improve our speaking skills.

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    Default Re: Talk in English or talk on English?

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    What about such an example? ;

    My friend and I were talking, and then I suggested him that we talk on in English to improve our speaking skills.
    Personally, I would say "My friend and I were talking, and then I suggested that we speak English so we could practice".

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    Default Re: Talk in English or talk on English?

    What's wrong with?

    • We were talking [about] the English Language!
    • Let's talk football!!!

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    Default Re: Talk in English or talk on English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    What's wrong with?

    • We were talking [about] the English Language!
    • Let's talk football!!! - Very colloquial, and I don't particularly like it. There's nothing wrong with "Let's talk about football".
    There's nothing wrong with those (well, apart from the missing "about" in the second sentence).

    I said that we usually use "speak" when the verb is followed by the name of a language/number of languages.

    We speak Spanish.
    They speak German.
    We speak four different languages.

    We are talking about speaking English.
    They are talking about speaking German.
    He was talking about last week, when he was speaking Italian all week!

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