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blacknomi

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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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blacknomi said:
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.
 

blacknomi

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MikeNewYork said:
blacknomi said:
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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blacknomi said:
MikeNewYork said:
blacknomi said:
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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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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