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    Speak vs talk

    What's up guy!
    Does these worlds speak and talk have any difference?

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    Re: Speak vs talk

    Sometimes they mean the same, but sometimes they don't. Have you tried googling the problem?

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    Re: Speak vs talk

    Copied from Longman:

    speak, talk

    When one person is saying things, you can use talk or speak, but talk is more usual and speak slightly literary:
    She talked about her job.
    He spoke longingly of his home country.
    Don't interrupt me when I'm talking/speaking.


    If people are having a conversation, always use talk:
    We talked about our relationship.
    They talked for hours.


    If you say that two people are not speaking, you mean they are not willing to talk to each other:
    They've had a row and they're not speaking.
    Someone who can talk has learned to use language
    She could talk before she was two.


    If you can speak, you are able to say something on a particular occasion:
    I was too scared to speak.

    !! When you mention what language someone uses, always use speak:
    She speaks (=knows how to use) French and Spanish.
    We spoke in German at first, then English.


    !! When you ask for someone on the telephone, use speak:
    Can I speak to Clare?

    !! You can speak words. Do not use talk:
    I spoke the words as clearly as I could.

    !! You can talk sense or talk nonsense. Do not use speak:
    I think she talks a lot of sense

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    #4

    Re: Speak vs talk

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Sometimes they mean the same, but sometimes they don't. Have you tried googling the problem?
    To me does not work google! If I will try do it what you said I need pay more for heating For fun! :D
    Last edited by Paulys; 05-Jul-2011 at 23:42.

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