Let’s Speak English (Speak, Talk, and Say)

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Differences between say, speak and talk

Speak is used often when one person addresses a group
Talk suggests that two or more people are having a conversation
Say is used with words; structure: say sth to sb

Examples:
He spoke to the class about the problem.
Can you speak Chinese?
I’d like to speak to Mr. Pitt.
They talked for hours about the problem.
Can I talk to Mr. Pitt?
She said nothing all morning.(-> spoke no words!)
As she entered, she said ‘Hello’ to me.
He said ‘Goodbye’ and went away.

Related words and expressions


Speech: act of speaking or formal talk given to an audience
Speaker: person who speaks
Talk: conversation or informal speech
Saying: well-known phrase
Be on speaking terms with sb: be on friendly or polite terms, be willing to talk
Talk one’s head off: talk to much
Before you could say Jack Robinson: very quickly or suddenly

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