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Present participleconjugation ofspeak.


An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (involving speech)
a. parlante
We have a range of speaking clocks for the visually impaired.Tenemos una gama de relojes parlantes para las personas con deficiencias visuales.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't think Curtis and his brother are on speaking terms.Creo que Curtis y su hermano no se hablan.
Laura has a very soothing speaking voice.Laura tiene un tono de voz muy relajante.
c. con diálogo (film and theater)
He got his first speaking part when he was only nine.Consiguió su primer papel con diálogo cuando tenía solo nueve años.
d. hablado (film and theater)
She's had several speaking roles in movies, but nothing big.Ha tenido varios papeles hablados en las películas, pero nada de mayor importancia.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g., sex, once upon a time).
a. expresivo
Keith gave her a speaking look.Keith le lanzó una mirada expresiva.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (skill)
a. la oratoria
(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).
Chris took a three-month course to improve his skills in speaking and rhetoric.Chris tomó un curso de tres meses para mejorar sus dotes de oratoria y retórica.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (doll, robot)
a. parlante
speaking clockinformación horaria
2. (theater and cinema)
a speaking partun papel con diálogo
speaking [ˈspiːkɪŋ]
1 (talking) [+doll, computer] que habla; parlante
2 (eloquent, striking)
speaking likeness vivo retrato (m)
(skill) oratoria (f)
speaking clock (n) servicio (f) telefónico de información horaria
speaking distance (n)
to be within speaking distance estar al alcance de la voz
speaking part (n) papel (m) hablado
speaking terms (n)
to be on speaking terms with sb hablarse con algn; we're not on speaking terms no nos hablamos
speaking trumpet (n) bocina (f)
speaking tube (n) tubo (m) acústico
speaking voice (n)
a pleasant speaking voice una voz agradable
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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