Speak or talk? Can I use indifferently speak and talk? For exemple : yesterday I spoke to a friend of mine on Skype, yesterday I talked to a friend of mine on Skype. Someone told me to talk is more elegant.Is it the only difference?
Jul 23, 2014 11:41 AM
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I agree with Joe - 'speak' is formal than 'talk'. Whoever told you that 'talk' is more 'elegant' was mistaken. For example, you would say that the President came out onto the balcony of his residence and 'spoke' to the people. This is much more formal - you wouldn't say 'talk' in that situation. 'Talk' suggests a more informal chat with friends, and wouldn't be appropriate for such a formal situation. 'Speak' basically means to use language. You say 'I speak English' not 'I talk English'.
July 23, 2014
Often "speak" and "talk" can be used interchangeably. However, there are small differences... "Speak" implies you are giving someone else information. "Talk" implies that you are having a two-way conversation (back and forth). "Talk" is not really more elegant..."speak" is often more formal than "talk".
July 23, 2014
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