Translation of speak in Spanish:


hablar, v.

Pronunciation: /spik//spiːk/

intransitive verb

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    • 1.1(say sth)

      sorry, did you speak? perdón ¿dijiste algo? / ¿me hablaste?
      • to speak to / with sb hablarle a algn
      • to speak of sth/sb/ -ing hablar de algo/algn/+ inf
      • could I speak to / with you for a moment? ¿puedo hablar contigo un momento?
      • wake up Mark, speak to me! ¡Mark despierta, di algo!
      • he doesn't speak to me no me habla
      • they are not speaking (to each other) no se hablan
      • I don't know her to speak to solo la conozco de vista
      • I'll have to speak to her about her behavior tendré que hablar con ella acerca de su comportamiento
      • I've often heard her speak about it a menudo la he oído hablar de eso
      • people still speak of him with enormous respect aún hoy la gente habla de él con mucho respeto
      • you spoke once of making way for someone younger una vez mencionaste la idea / hablaste de dejarle el camino libre a alguien más joven
      • you never spoke of this to anyone? ¿nunca hablaste de esto con nadie?
      • his face spoke of terrible suffering su rostro tenía la huella de enormes sufrimientos
      • the meeting is on Friday, speaking of which … la reunión es el viernes, y a propósito …
      • they don't have much money to speak of no tienen mucho dinero, que digamos
      • to speak well/ill of sb hablar bien/mal de algn
      • speaking personally, I think … personalmente, creo que …
      • speaking as a parent/teacher, I think … como padre/maestro, creo que …
      • roughly/generally speaking en términos generales
      • he's not, strictly speaking, a member no es un socio en el sentido estricto de la palabra
      • legally/morally speaking desde el punto de vista legal/moral
      • so to speak por así decirlo
      • She sighed and put her hand to her mouth, almost unable to speak anymore.
      • During their gigs, the six-some regularly distributes pamphlets of information and speaks on stage about causes they feel strongly about.
      • He breathed hard through his mouth, almost unable to speak.
      • He nodded, unable to speak as he shoveled food into his mouth.
      • I was unable to speak, and I didn't trust my voice either.
      • Her voice was still fluctuating in pitch as she spoke, unable to control her delight at the ludicrous moment.
      • He speaks with conviction and conveys emotion well.
      • I open my mouth to speak and Mum raises a hand, to shut me up.
      • Corman always gives good information whenever he speaks, and even if he talks less than usual, it's worth a listen.
      • Beads of sweat appeared on Miller's forehead as he opened his mouth but was unable to speak.
      • Israel was quiet, as if digesting that bit of information and then he spoke, harshly and firmly.
      • She opened her mouth as if to speak, but seemed unable to get the words out.
      • Unable to speak, the girl could only move her mouth to call for her mother's help before falling to the ground unconscious.
      • Unable to speak without her voice cracking, Maple waved him away, feeling the darkness gather.
      • The prince surveyed the three, trying to speak but unable to find his voice.
      • I stood silent, unable to speak as the information slipped into my mind.
      • The tube was still in his mouth, making him unable to speak.
      • John stands, open mouthed at the revelation and is left unable to speak.
      • I was thinking he is a journalist and what if he's gathering information as we speak - maybe I'll just sneak off by myself.
      • Tom suddenly felt himself unable to speak, his throat freezing up and his mouth suddenly going dry.

    • 1.2(on telephone)

      hello, accounts department, Jones speaking buenos días, contaduría, Jones al habla
      • hello, Barbara Mason speaking, could you … buenas tardes, habla Barbara Mason ¿podría … ?
      • could I speak to Mrs Hodges, please? — speaking! ¿podría hablar con la Sra. Hodges, por favor? — con ella (habla)
      • who's speaking, please? (to person answering a call) ¿con quién hablo?

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    (make speech)
    then the chairman spoke luego habló el presidente
    • he spoke for two hours habló durante dos horas
    • the delegate rose to speak el delegado se levantó para hacer uso de la palabra
    • I'm a bit worried about speaking in public la idea de hablar en público me pone un poco nerviosa
    • to speak on / about sth hablar acerca de / sobre algo
    • she spoke for / in favor of/against capital punishment habló a favor/en contra de la pena de muerte
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    dirigirse a
    lines that speak to the heart líneas que apelan a los sentimientos

transitive verb

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    (say, declare)
    nobody spoke a word nadie dijo nada
    • to speak one's lines decir / recitar su (/ mi etc) parlamento
    • to speak one's mind / thoughts hablar claro / con franqueza
    • to speak the truth decir la verdad
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    (language) hablar
    do you speak English? ¿habla inglés?
    • English spoken se habla inglés