Can we use talk and speak interchangeably, or do they have different meanings? Check this out and find out.
Both words refer to uttering words to express ideas. However, according to http://dictionary.cambridge.org, “speak is more formal than talk. We usually use speak for more formal presentations and lectures, and talk for more informal ones.”
Here are other useful tips from dictionary.cambridge.org:
- Speak usually only focuses on the person who is producing the words. Talk focuses on a speaker and at least one listener, and can mean ‘have a conversation.
- We use speak on the telephone.
- We usually use to after speak and talk. In more formal situations, people sometimes use with.
- We don’t use talk when referring to foreign languages.
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