Exercises - Confusing Words

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Choose speak or talk.

  1. Ruby Japanese and Korean.speak: know/be able to use a language
  2. Enough about homework let’s ice-cream flavours.talk + noun = discuss something
  3. I to Manuella on the phone last night.use speak in connection with telephoning
  4. The teacher wants to to me. I think I am in trouble.if you have something important or serious to discuss use speak because it is more formal than talk
  5. Tim is away at summer camp. He misses his family very much and he wishes he could to them.since Tim wants to speak to his family we use talk because it is less formal that speak

Are the sentences correct or incorrect?

  1. Darling, who are you talking to?
    ‘darling’ indicates an informal situation, therfore, we use talk
  2. My mother talks Spanish.
    speak: know/be able to use a language
  3. I’m speaking at an international conference next week.
    an international conference is a formal occasion, therefore, we use ‘speak’
  4. Hello, can I talk to Jerry?
    use ‘speak’ in connection with telephoning

Complete the sentence with speak or talk.

  1. I’m to the kids at the primary school about recycling next week.giving a lecture at a primary school is an informal occasion, therefore, we use ‘talk’|present progressive → I’m talking
  2. The dinner was very boring, we business all night.talk + noun = discuss something|past simple → we talked
  3. How many languages can they ?speak: know/be able to use a language
  4. I need to to the bank about a savings account.the bank indicates a formal discussion, therefore, we use ‘speak’
  5. Yesterday, we to our neighbours about having a street party.if you are organising a party with your neighbours, you are likely to have a friendly relationship, therefore, we use “talk”|past simple → yesterday, we talked