Quick answer
"Chat" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "charlar", and "talk" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "hablar". Learn more about the difference between "chat" and "talk" below.
chat(
chaht
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to converse)
a. charlar
We were just chatting about you when you walked in.Justo estábamos charlando de ti cuando entraste.
b. conversar
I went to a café after school yesterday to chat with some friends.Fui a un café ayer para conversar con unos amigos.
c. platicar
I think you need to chat with your son about his behavior.Creo que debes platicar con tu hijo sobre su comportamiento.
2. (computing)
a. chatear
She's always on her computer chatting with someone instead of talking with the people around her.Siempre está chateando en la computadora en lugar de hablar con la gente de su alrededor.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (light conversation)
a. la charla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I enjoyed our chat over lunch today.Disfruté la charla que tuvimos durante el almuerzo hoy.
b. la conversación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We had a pleasant chat over dinner with the family on Christmas.Tuvimos una conversación placentera durante la cena con la familia en Navidad.
c. la plática
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I had an interesting chat in the cab from the airport.Tuve una plática interesante en el taxi desde el aeropuerto.
4. (computing)
a. el chat
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The customer service representative told me she would save our chat for future reference.La representante de atención al cliente me dijo que grabaría nuestro chat para referencia futura.
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talk(
tak
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to articulate words)
a. hablar
He hasn't talked at all since the stroke.No ha hablado nada desde el derrame cerebral.
2. (to discuss)
a. hablar
In the meeting we talked about my future at the company.En la reunión hablamos sobre mi futuro en la compañía.
b. platicar
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
My best friend and I spent the night talking about boys.Mi mejor amiga y yo nos pasamos la noche platicando de muchachos.
3. (to gossip)
a. hablar
You should avoid doing anything that will give people a reason to talk.Debes evitar todo aquello que le dé a la gente de qué hablar.
b. murmurar
Everyone is always talking about everyone else in this town.Todos murmuran sobre los demás en esta ciudad.
4. (to give a lecture)
a. dar una conferencia
Today I'm going to talk about new technologies.Hoy voy a dar una conferencia sobre nuevas tecnologías.
b. dar una charla
The professor is going to talk about public policy this afternoon.El profesor va a dar una charla sobre políticas públicas esta tarde.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to discuss)
a. hablar de
It isn't polite to talk politics or religion at the dinner table.No se debe hablar de la política o de la religión durante la cena.
6. (to convince)
a. convencer
I didn't want to go to the party, but my girlfriend talked me into it.No quería ir a la fiesta, pero mi novia me convenció que fuéramos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (conversation)
a. la conversación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We had a talk about my future.Tuvimos una conversación sobre mi futuro.
b. la plática
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I had a really good talk with my parents.Tuve una muy buena plática con mis padres.
8. (lecture)
a. la conferencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I went to a talk about climate change.Fui a una conferencia sobre el cambio climático.
b. la charla
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
After the talk, there will be 15 minutes for questions.Después de la charla, habrá 15 minutos para preguntas.
9. (gossip)
a. el rumor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They say we're all going to get raises, but it's little more than talk at this point.Se dice que todos vamos a recibir un aumento de salario, pero es puro rumor a estas alturas.
b. las habladurías
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The talk in this office has gotten completely out of hand.Las habladurías en esta oficina están completamente descontroladas.
10. (hot air)
a. la palabrería
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's time to turn all of this talk into action.Es hora de cambiar toda esta palabrería por acción.
b. las palabras
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
If you want to succeed, stop the talk and start doing something.Si quieres tener éxito, déjate de palabras y pasa a la acción.
11. (language)
a. el modo de hablar
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
By his talk, you could tell he wasn't from here.Por su modo de hablar, se sabía que no era de aquí.
talks
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
12. (negotiations)
a. las negociaciones
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The talks concluded when both parties reached an agreement.Las negociaciones concluyeron cuando ambas partes llegaron a un acuerdo.
b. las conversaciones
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The purpose of the talks was to come to an agreement over the nuclear issue.El propósito de las conversaciones es llegar a un acuerdo sobre el tema nuclear.
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