Translation of talk in Spanish:


hablar, v.

Pronunciation /tɔk//tɔːk/

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(utter words)

      • Why are they not talking about putting the power back on and getting the sewage out of the streets.
      • For example, to claim a right to free speech is to talk nonsense as nobody really has such a total right.
      • She talks at a rate of knots, but is charm personified.
      • Schools may not provide enough information for young girls but friends talk about sex amongst each other, they know what happens.
      • As might be expected, he does not clearly express his stance even though he talks about the power of the presidency.
      • While no one likes to face this possibility, it's not a bad idea to talk about caring options before they become a necessity.
      • He talked in his speech about the abuse of power by the executive.
      • When I get home I speak to my wife and we don't talk about football.
      • He is openly weary of discussing his adoption and complains that the last journalist he spoke to wouldn't talk about anything else.
      • With these ideas out of the window, what is there to talk about?
      • Nobody can accuse him of not finding the time to talk to whoever wants to speak to him.
      • Throughout his speech, the minister talked about culture as an instrument for social improvement.
      • She's not speaking to him and he's not talking to her and they haven't spoken for years.
      • We talked about personal beliefs and embarrassing moments.
      • As well as stopping and talking to people on the street we also spent a lot of time checking under bridges and talking with the homeless there.
      • For Arius, it was logically possible to talk about God without talking of him as Father.
      • However, since I was so relieved to be talking to someone, I started talking with her friend.
      • Even as we talked, the unreliable power supply was affecting the lighting.
      • She was always strangely content to focus on her job, never talking about her personal life.
      • He talks at great length about architecture.

    • 1.2talking present participle

      (doll) que habla
      (newspaper/book) grabado
      talking picture película sonora feminine
      • He talks, but his speech has not developed at the rate it should.
      • He can only use his right hand and finds talking difficult as his speech is impaired.

  • 2

    (speak) hablar
    (converse) hablar
    (converse) platicar Mexico Central America
    to talk in English/in a whisper hablar en inglés/en susurros
    • she talks very fast/with a French accent habla muy rápido/con acento francés
    • we talked on the phone platicamos por teléfono
    • everyone stopped talking todo el mundo se calló
    • stop talking! ¡silencio!
    • he never stops talking no para de hablar
    • they talked and talked hablaron largo y tendido
    • you'd think she was a monster the way they talk oyéndolos a ellos, cualquiera diría que es un monstruo
    • I wish he were dead! — you shouldn't talk like that! ¡ojalá se muriera! — ¡no digas eso!
    • to talk about sb/sth hablar de algn/algo
    • we talked about you/the weather hablamos de ti/del tiempo
    • the year's most talked-about event el acontecimiento más comentado del año
    • you ate it all? talk about greedy! ¿te lo comiste todo? ¡hay que ser glotón!
    • for a basic kit you're talking about $900 para un equipo básico hay que pensar en unos 900 dólares
    • to talk of sth hablar de algo
    • she's talking of retiring next year está hablando de jubilarse el año que viene
    • talking of food, when's dinner? hablando de comida / a propósito de comida ¿a qué hora se cena?
    • the much talked-of project has come to nothing el proyecto del que tanto se ha hablado ha quedado en agua de borrajas
    • to talk to sb
    • are you talking to me ? ¿me hablas a mí?
    • I wasn't talking to you yo no estaba hablando contigo / no te estaba hablando a ti
    • who was that you were talking to? ¿con quién hablabas?
    • aren't you two talking to each other? ¿ustedes no se hablan?
    • he wanted someone to talk to necesitaba a alguien con quien hablar
    • to talk to oneself hablar solo
    • I was only talking to myself estaba hablando solo
    • he was talking at rather than to us se estaba escuchando a sí mismo, más que hablando con nosotros
    • they talked right past each other hablaron sin entenderse
    • to talk with sb platicar con algn
    • to get talking ponerse a hablar
    • how did you get talking to / with him? ¿cómo fue que entablaste conversación / que te pusiste a hablar con él?
    • she kept him talking while I escaped ella lo entretuvo hablando mientras yo me escapé
    • they talked away for hours estuvieron horas charlando
    • they talk in millions of dollars hablan de millones de dólares
    • don't talk daft! ¡no digas bobadas!
    • it's easy for you to talk! ¡es fácil decirlo / hablar!
    • you're just lazy! — you can talk! / you can't talk! / look who's talking! ¡es que eres un vago! — ¡mira quién habla!
  • 3

    • 3.1(have discussion)

      is there somewhere we can talk? ¿podemos hablar en privado?
      • we've got to talk tenemos que hablar
      • I'm always here if you want to talk si necesitas hablar con alguien, aquí estoy
      • the two sides are ready to talk las dos partes están dispuestas a negociar
      • to talk about sth
      • we have to talk about dates tenemos que discutir posibles fechas
      • they refuse to talk about sovereignty se niegan a entrar en negociaciones sobre soberanía
      • We want them to talk to each other in addition to their governments talking.
      • North End confirmed they were talking to players, but refused to name names.

    • 3.2(give talk)

      dar una charla
      to talk about/on sth dar una charla sobre algo

    • 3.3(gossip)

      people will talk va a dar mucho que hablar
      • you know how she talks ya sabes cómo le gusta hablar
      • you can't stop people talking no se puede evitar que la gente haga comentarios
      • He always was a big name here in New York, but now the whole country's talking about him.
      • She's the bride-to-be who's got the whole country talking about her cold feet.
      • These long ago promised chairs have had the whole office talking for weeks now.

    • 3.4(reveal secret)

      to make sb talk hacer hablar a algn
      • Multinationals will go to any lengths to keep their employees from talking, we can reveal.
      • Some talked and sold their secrets for their lives.

transitive verb

  • 1informal

    they were talking Italian hablaban (en) italiano
    • to talk golf/economics hablar de golf/economía
    • we're talking big money here estamos hablando de mucho dinero
    • don't talk nonsense! ¡no digas tonterías!
    • We're certainly not talking your average, run-of-the-mill love story here.
    • We're talking people with million-dollar mortgages, and that means really big homes.
    • We're talking real people from Paris, real feedback, and it's been good.
    • A while ago people were talking Oscar nominations, but it would really be an injustice if it got any.
    • We are not talking teenagers, but trained conscripts and combat veterans.
    • The place is chock a block full of foreigners, and I'm not just talking Americans here.
    • We're talking six whole movies here that could provide a veritable dissertation on horror films.
    • But that image isn't there for no reason, and this is Europe we're talking about, a whole new experience for the club.
    • Where the age or consent is a defence, well you're talking a different kettle of fish.
  • 2

    (argue, persuade)
    to talk sb into/out of sth/-ing convencer a algn de que/de que no + subj
    • he talked me into doing it me convenció de que lo hiciera
    • see if you can talk her out of it! a ver si puedes convencerla de que no lo haga
    • Many of these people were talked into getting things on hire purchase.
    • Hedda talks him into committing suicide by shooting himself in the temple.
    • During the second semester that year, I talked Scott into getting a show at the campus radio station, where I'd been working for a year.
    • He was talked out of a tightrope walk between two sky-scrapers to open a megastore in New York, but he has come close to death many times in publicity stunts.
    • Just a couple of months back Lynn was reputed to have talked him out of an early marriage because she felt he wasn't ready to settle down.
    • My boss had talked me into doing the New York City Marathon, and I was 30 pounds overweight and hadn't put on running shoes in a year.
    • She could talk anyone into anything, Katie thought as she walked into the restaurant.
    • Anyway, it's a look I like, and unless my friendly neighbourhood stylist talks me out of it, that's it!
    • Your mind is made up, and it's not like I'd be happy if I talked you into staying with me.
    • The lady who owns the shop talks me into buying an ice cream.
    • While at his daughter's home he developed an infection and after days of persuasion from his family was talked into going back into hospital.
    • These she continued to use for daytime wear and was able to talk her mother and her best friend into trying out the new style.
    • The negotiators would come up, attempt to talk this person into letting them go.
    • For a moment, I seriously considered trying the lamb's brain concoction, but I was talked out of it by my colleagues at the last minute.
    • Damien didn't talk me into it but I felt under pressure.
    • A former professor talked me out of it in a letter in which she told me she personally did not think anyone could reach Papa.
    • I was reluctant to have the party but my daughter and wife said not to be selfish and talked me into it.
    • She tries talking him out of it, and motivates him by offering him some ‘supplements’.
    • Mrs. Talbot talked me into this - even cleaned and pressed everything for me.
    • And he really talked him into staying.


  • 1

    • 1.1(conversation)

      conversación feminine
      I gathered very little from my talk with her saqué muy poco en limpio de mi conversación con ella
      • it's time we had a little talk ya es hora de que hablemos seriamente
      • I had a long talk with him estuve hablando un rato largo con él
      • In movies like this, a picture is worth a thousand words, and less talk would have been welcome.
      • There was talk of the weather, the crops, some gossip and scandal, some hunting and fishing news.
      • There are many wounded and witnesses have described seeing bodies, although there has been no talk of fatalities yet.
      • Conversation analysts have developed a variety of procedures for the study of talk in interaction.
      • She definitely preferred small talk to no talk, especially in this situation.
      • Then it got peaceful, and everyone started eating, and there was only the low murmur of talk and laughter.
      • Footsteps receded down the corridor and melted into the low hum of talk from the banquet.
      • In fact, careless talk and unciphered communications gave considerable help to German intelligence.
      • There has been a lot of talk regarding low fan attendance at the convention.
      • Newcomers adjust their talk and nonverbal interactions to those of a work group they are entering.
      • Discourse is defined as talk and texts which are studied as social practice.
      • There is constant talk throughout the story of what our emotions really speak of, where they come from, and what they mean.
      • The avian flu virus which has generated much talk and discussion across continents in recent weeks is of a deadly nature.
      • Labouring men would have been baffled by talk of stress.
      • For example, there has been much talk about the increasing deprofessionalisation of teaching.
      • It could have become a little new-age preachy, with talk of enzymes and vitamins enhancing your well-being.

    • 1.2(lecture)

      charla feminine
      to give a talk about / on sth dar una charla sobre algo
      • And at the café there will be a series of informal, short talks by experts in various fields.
      • The city centre attraction has transformed its world of original interiors into the setting for informal themed talks on dining over the past 300 years.
      • The department's aim is to shrink the window of opportunity for crime through measures such as personal safety talks, partnership working and Neighbourhood Watch schemes.
      • Senior officers will be on hand on the streets to offer information and advice as their colleagues conduct talks at a number of schools.
      • In the future Mr. Hunt is hoping to be available to lecture and give talks to the schools in the area.
      • I also participated in the public programs with talks and lectures to various groups during the exhibition.
      • Members of the Countryside Team will be present and there will be an informal talk, followed by a gentle walk through the park.
      • Earlier the peer educators had used a lecture-cum-discussion technique and but later switched over to informal talks in groups.
      • The committee is hoping to invite several people to give talks atthe launch and the usual story tellers will also be present.
      • In about a month I am doing a couple of talks at the Bath literary festival.
      • He frequently gives talks to art clubs and societies and will be teaching painting in Tuscany this summer.
      • I confess that, by that point, I was too distressed to listen to the fourth talk at all.
      • He gives talks to school children about the war and what the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Sunday is all about.
      • What I thought, listening to Matt's talk at that conference, was that you could do the whole process in parallel.
      • I did not even prepare for the talk as I've given that lecture so many times before.
      • A German documentary film maker accompanies her to Oxford, even filming my interview with her, and she has a busy schedule of lectures and talks across the world.
      • He also gives regular talks to schoolchildren on what dog-ownership involves.
      • In his talk, Harvey will address the anxiety that string theory has produced.
      • Ice Age mammoths, life in Iron Age Britain and views of the Second World War are among the topics in a new series of talks at the museum.
      • Guild members found the talk very informative and extend thanks to Ann for her time and interest.

    • 1.3talks plural(negotiations)

      conversaciones feminine
      negociaciones feminine
      to have / hold talks mantener / sostener conversaciones
      • the two leaders met for talks los dos líderes se reunieron para dialogar
      • The Pope and the president met today in private talks at the Vatican.
      • The two countries have not held formal talks on normalizing ties since October 2000.
      • The deal was reportedly agreed at secret talks before Christmas between the two men.
      • The two sides have held talks four times since their first encounter in September 1997.
      • Union negotiators and government officials are involved in talks to try to prevent further action.
      • It was unclear whether the meeting would be for more talks or a formal farewell.
      • Both sides held talks the past two weekends, but there's no indication of a breakthrough.
      • I know my agent and the club are in talks at the moment but I'm just concentrating on playing, I don't really get involved in stuff
      • The decision came at 11.30 pm on Thursday after 14 hours of talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
      • No formal talks are under way, and there is a chance no deal will occur.
      • He has one year left on his contract and yet again yesterday he refused to be drawn on the prospect of any talks to extend it.
      • Singapore is also now in formal talks with Canada, China and Mexico for similar agreements.
      • Health chiefs are hopeful that a ban could come out of talks at a high level conference on improving public health to be held in March.
      • He simply believes these issues should rarely be addressed in trade talks.
      • He continued to obstruct the strike for nine weeks, holding secret talks with local authority employers.
      • The 19-year-old striker was in lengthy talks at Deepdale before negotiations broke down.
      • Norway has indicated it has suspended formal involvement in the talks, adding to the pressure on the prime minister and the president to end the political stalemate.
      • The foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia flew to Tripoli for the formal opening of the talks.
      • This is why we need talks which addresses the security issues, the social and economic issues and the core political issues at the same time.
      • In a series of calls, he made clear that Britain would retain the referendum option and that he did not want to prejudice next week's crisis talks at a Brussels summit.

  • 2

    • 2.1(suggestion, rumor)

      there is talk of his retiring se habla de que / corre la voz de que se va a jubilar
      • there was even talk of … llegó incluso a hablarse de …
      • it was the talk of the town no se hablaba más que de eso

    • 2.2informal derogatory (words)

      palabrería feminine informal derogatory
      palabras feminine
      it's just talk! es pura palabrería informal derogatory
      • you get nothing but talk from him! habla mucho pero luego nada
      • all that talk about making me a star! ¡tanto hablar de que me iban a convertir en una estrella!
      • to be all talk (and no action) hablar mucho y no hacer nada
      • If it is unable to do this, then all talk about independent public opinion is just empty talk.
      • And despite all their talk they cannot give a promise that the tax burden will fall.
      • Otherwise our country's stated educational goals are merely empty talk.
      • For all their talk and promises of support, they have always placed self-preservation at the top of their list.
      • If we think about it together we might be able to do things beyond just empty talk.
      • The promises and the tough talk are being met with justifiable skepticism.
      • It seems to have been Africa's fate to become a theater of empty talk and public gestures.