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    talk/speak

    Q1
    "Can I speak to someone" is used when you ask somebody to speak on the phone. Is there situation I could say "Can I talk to someone?"


    Q2 Any difference?
    You talk too fast!
    You speak too fast!

    :D

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    If I wanted to have a heart to heart with someone,or discuss a serious problem, I might ask if I could talk to them.

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    Re: talk/speak

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Q1
    "Can I speak to someone" is used when you ask somebody to speak on the phone. Is there situation I could say "Can I talk to someone?"


    Q2 Any difference?
    You talk too fast!
    You speak too fast!

    :D
    "Can I talk to someone" would be common in the US.

    I see no difference in your second set.


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    Re: talk/speak

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Q1
    "Can I speak to someone" is used when you ask somebody to speak on the phone. Is there situation I could say "Can I talk to someone?"


    Q2 Any difference?
    You talk too fast!
    You speak too fast!

    :D
    "Can I talk to someone" would be common in the US.

    I see no difference in your second set.

    Do you mean either "Can I talk to Mike?" or "Can I speak to Mike" is fine in telephone conversation? My teacher usually ask us to use 'speak' when you are on the phone.

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    Re: talk/speak

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Q1
    "Can I speak to someone" is used when you ask somebody to speak on the phone. Is there situation I could say "Can I talk to someone?"


    Q2 Any difference?
    You talk too fast!
    You speak too fast!

    :D
    "Can I talk to someone" would be common in the US.

    I see no difference in your second set.

    Do you mean either "Can I talk to Mike?" or "Can I speak to Mike" is fine in telephone conversation? My teacher usually ask us to use 'speak' when you are on the phone.
    Either would be common in the US. :wink:

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    #6
    Speak tends to be more formal, and talk more informal, but there is considerable overlap. Often it is a matter of personal preference which is used.

    :)

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