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    #1

    Smile speak or speak in

    Hello,
    When i need to address someone speak a language in a particular situation or for some purpose, i should write 'speak in Thai' or 'speak Thai'.

    Have a lovely time,
    doingresearch

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    #2

    Re: speak or speak in

    Quote Originally Posted by doingresearch View Post
    Hello,
    When i need to address someone speak a language in a particular situation or for some purpose, i should write 'speak in Thai' or 'speak Thai'.

    Have a lovely time,
    doingresearch
    When I need to speak to someone in a particular language in a particular situation, I would speak Thai or in Thai. Both are acceptable

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    #3

    Re: speak or speak in

    NOT A NATIVE TEACHER

    If you say you 'speak' a language, you have the ability to speak it and you speak it habitually..

    I speak Thai.

    If you say you 'speak in', you speak it on a speacial ocassion e.g meeting, lecture...

    My Grandparents won't understand a thing if the priest speaks in French.


    Source: Longman Dictionary of Common Mistakes (My best friend)

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    #4

    Re: speak or speak in

    Quote Originally Posted by Eden Darien View Post
    NOT A NATIVE TEACHER

    If you say you 'speak' a language, you have the ability to speak it and you speak it habitually..

    I speak Thai.

    If you say you 'speak in', you speak it on a speacial ocassion e.g meeting, lecture...

    My Grandparents won't understand a thing if the priest speaks in French.


    Source: Longman Dictionary of Common Mistakes (My best friend)
    The Longman Dictionary gives a useful tip there, but it may not always be followed. I (a native speaker of English) can and do say: "I spent three hours with Mila (a native speaker of Czech) yesterday, and we spoke in English the whole time." This is in line with Longman.

    I can also say: "When Mila came to London with me, she spoke English all the time". This is not in line with Longman. Many native speakers might be more likely to use in English in this last example, but the omission of in is not a mistake.

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    #5

    Re: speak or speak in

    I think the point is 'habit'.. as far as my understanding goes, in sentence:

    "When Mila came to London with me, she spoke English all the time"
    Mila's habit changed here because she has to speak English instead of Czech which is most likely (all the time)... Even 'all the time' implies habit...

    Just my opinion though

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