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I am speaking
-estoy hablando
Present progressiveIconjugation ofspeak.
I am speaking
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to articulate words)
a. hablar
"Speak now or forever hold your peace," said the judge."Hable ahora o calle para siempre", dijo el juez.
2. (to talk)
a. hablar
You know you can speak to me whenever you want.Sabes que puedes hablar conmigo cuando quieras.
3. (to expound upon)
a. hablar
I spoke at length about this issue yesterday.Hablé largo y tendido sobre este tema ayer.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
4. (to utter)
a. decir
If you don't speak the truth now, you may never get another chance.Si no dices la verdad ahora, tal vez nunca tendrás otra oportunidad.
5. (to be able to communicate in)
a. hablar
He speaks five languages fluently.Habla cinco idiomas con fluidez.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (utter)
a. pronunciar
she always speaks her mindsiempre dice lo que piensa
to speak the truthdecir la verdad
2. (language)
a. hablar
to speak Spanishhablar español
Spanish spokense habla español
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (talk)
a. hablar
b. conversar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
c. platicar
Regionalism used in Mexico
to speak to somebody (about)hablar or
they're not speakingno se hablan
I'll speak to him about ithablaré con él al respecto
I know her to speak tola conozco lo bastante como para hablar con ella
legally/morally speaking(hablando) en términos legales/morales
so to speakpor así decirlo
who's speaking?¿con quién hablo?
Mr Curry? — yes, speaking¿el señor Curry? — sí, soy yo
4. (give a speech)
a. dar una charla
he spoke on the subject of…el tema de su charla fue…
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (general)
computer/advertising speakjerga informática/publicitaria
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speak [spiːk] spoke (past)spoken (participle:past)
intransitive verb
1 hablar
to speak to sb hablar con algn; have you spoken to him? ¿has hablado con él?; she never spoke to me again no volvió a dirigirme la palabra; since they quarrelled they don't speak to each other desde que riñeron no se hablan; I don't know him to speak to no lo conozco bastante como para hablar con él; I know him to speak to lo conozco bastante bien para cambiar algunas palabras con él; did you speak? ¿dijiste algo?; technically/biologically speaking en términos técnicos/biológicos; desde el punto de vista técnico/biológico
I'll speak to him about it (discuss it with him) lo hablaré con él; (point it out to him) se lo diré
his lateness etc
speaking as a student myself hablando desde mi experiencia como estudiante
we're not speaking no nos hablamos
speak now or forever hold your peace hable ahora o guarde para siempre silencio
he's very well spoken of tiene buen nombre or buena fama
speaking of holidays ... a propósito de las vacaciones ...; it's nothing to speak of no tiene importancia; he has no money to speak of no tiene dinero que digamos; everything spoke of hatred en todo había un odio latente; everything spoke of luxury todo reflejaba el lujo
speaking personally ... en cuanto a mí ...; yo por mi parte ...
roughly speaking en términos generales
so to speak por decirlo así; por así decir
to speak well of sb hablar bien de algn
to speak in a whisper hablar bajo
2 (make a speech, give one's opinion) hablar
he spoke on Greek myths habló sobre los mitos griegos; when the minister had spoken ... cuando terminó de hablar el ministro ...; the member rose to speak el diputado se levantó para tomar la palabra; the chairman asked Mr Wright to speak el presidente le concedió la palabra al Sr. Wright; are you speaking in the debate? ¿interviene usted en el debate?
3 (Telec)
speaking! ¡al habla!; "could I speak to Alison?" — "speaking!" —¿podría hablar con Alison? —¡al habla! or —¡soy yo! or —¡con ella!; especially (LAm) this is Peter speaking ¡soy Peter!; ¡habla Peter!; may I speak to Mr Jones? ¿me pone con el Sr. Jones, por favor?; who is that speaking? ¿con quién hablo?; ¿quién es?; (taking message) ¿de parte (de quién)?
4 [+gun] oírse; sonar
transitive verb
1 (talk) [+language] hablar
he speaks Italian habla italiano; do you speak English? ¿hablas inglés?; he can speak seven languages habla siete idiomas
English spoken here se habla inglés
2 (utter) decir
to speak one's mind hablar claro or con franqueza
to speak the truth decir la verdad
nobody spoke a word nadie habló; nadie dijo palabra
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