This week, the speaking class have been thinking about some of the words we can use to describe ‘talking’. The students then worked on their own lists of the phrases we can use for the words talk, speak, say, tell.
To talk (to someone) about something
To talk a lot/too much/all the time
To be able to talk
To give a talk to an audience
To speak to/with someone about something
To be able to speak a language
To make a speech to an audience
To say something to someone
To say nothing/’when’
Used in direct speech: “Pass me the book,” she said.
To tell someone something
To tell someone to do something
To tell the truth/a lie/a story
Complete these sentences with the words talk, speak, say, tell. You also need to choose the correct tense.
- She was _______ to go home.
- They _______ to each other quietly in the library for an hour.
- “Come in,” they ________.
- The postman didn’t _______ me he had delivered the parcel.
- How many languages do you ________?
- ______ me the truth!
- Don’t believe him. He is always _______ lies.
- “Please stop _______ and listen carefully to me”, he ________.
- You must be silent when he is _______.
- There is nothing more you can _______ to convince me.