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free speech 2

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Speak and talk, saying the same thing


Speak now or forever hold your tongue  (not literally) remain quiet.

On my journey I was approached by a woman who said, “You speak with nobody on the telephone.” She saw me using my mobile phone and wanted to tell me not to use it inside.  What she should have said was, “You can’t talk on the telephone in here.”

‘Speak’ and ‘Talk’ are often used interchangeably.

‘Speak’ is often used when someone is speaking to a group of people in general.

Examples of various ways to use ‘Speak’ include:

to talk or utter words – “ I was so shocked I could hardly speak.”;

to communicate thoughts or feelings – “I want to speak my mind while I still have the courage.”;

used with languages – “Max speaks both English and Swedish”;

to be on good terms with someone – “We used to speak on a daily basis, but not anymore”;

to make a speech – “My sister will now speak to the crowd to quiet them down.”;

to express something in writing – “His prose speaks of such joy and hope for his people.”;

nonverbal communication – “Their actions speak louder than words.”

to indicate a sign of something – “ Her posture spoke of self confidence and high character.”

Speak also tends to used in more formal situations.

“The President will now speak to the nation in his weekly State of the Union address


Verb Forms: Speak – Spoke – SpokenSpeaking


Do you tend to speak first and then get talked about later?

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Fun With Dick and Jane

Fun With Dick and Jane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Look and See, so simple yet difficult.


While on my journey a woman said to me, “Anybody not look for any people when they are home.” Clearly she meant to say, “Nobody will see any people when they are home.”


When I tried to explain that she should use ‘see’ instead of ‘look’ because they will not see anybody when they are home, she had a confused look on her face.


Look at Jane run faster than Dick.


A person listening to someone else speaking will automatically put together what is being said with how it is being said to facilitate understanding.


To completely understand speech we must first process the non-linguistic properties, i.e. properties not relating to language. When you are only passing through a new town or country, sometimes that’s all time will permit – so non-verbal communication kicks in and is a sufficient replacement.



Look can have several meanings.


As a verb, ‘Look’ means:

to look at something for a reason – “They looked everywhere for the missing child.”;

with an intention – “Look at that three-legged cat”;

to turn the eyes toward something – “Look me in the eyes and tell me the truth.”;

to express something- “She had a disappointed look on her face when she saw the room.”;

appear fitting for something – “She looks every bit of her age.”


As a noun, ‘Look’, can mean:

an appearance or fashion – “She has the perfect look for the job.”;

the act of looking – “Take a look at this.”;

the way something appears – “It looks like it will rain today.”;



Have you ever looked around and not seen?

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