Speaking and Talking

Art of Conversation

Oral Communication

Many think that speaking and talking are same.Even dictionaries rarely make the difference.But experience says all talks are not of same effect.Some are hearty and some are just told. Hence there is the necessity to recognise the difference between the two.Oral communication is day by day getting more and more importance.It is now recognized as an art. One who erpeerts in it, get greater success in life.There is a proverb iun kannada which means-'words spoiled the house, and a hole(in the cooking pot) spoiled the burning oven'.

Speech and Talk

By 'speech' we should mean such spoken words which are softly said, with all humility and humbleness,with an intension to enlighten the listener either with thesubject knowledge , or with good advise intended to modify the behaviour.

'Talk' , on the other hand, should mean such words which are spoken only to show the superiority, power, or influence, egoism, etc. The 'Talks' are never hearty. nor they are enlightening.(Excluding the use of this word with reference to lecture talks by good speakers).

Talk may win

Speech reaches the hearts. But talk does'nt looses always. On certain occassions, talk only wins. For eg: election campaigns in India( with certain exceptions, ofcourse). Talks may bring in practical benefits sometimes. But it rarely wins hearts.

Speech on the contrary, looses sometimes, eventhough genuine.But that is always due to the negligence , or underestimation on the part of the listener, not due to defect in speech. Such people later repent for discarding such speeches.


Let us speak , instead of only 'talking'.And , let us learn to value the speeches uttered by others, for our own benefit. That makes them happy and keeps us on the positive , profiting side.


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Nagaraj H.N. 8 years ago

Very interesting factors are nicely told in this article. Nobody had told these differences so nicely.

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einron 8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

There seems to be a difference between speech and talk. Speech may mean a public address, or an oration. Normally, one puts more effort in a speech than an ordinary talk.

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prasadjain 8 years ago from Tumkur Author

Speech- is often used in that sense, but not always. Especially,'speaking' means normal, meaningful talk.

nida 7 years ago

please tell me if,

"i am speaking to you"

is a wrong sentance gramattically . Someone told me the correct grammar is

"i am talking to you"

Please confirm.


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prasadjain 7 years ago from Tumkur Author

  Generally, What your friend  told is correct. But, your sentence construction is not gramatically wrong. Here, it is related to sementics i.e.meaning.Speech-is used to more serious,planned talk.Talking is usually a casual one,and personal.In some socieites, these are used as synonyms.

ladyp360 7 years ago

some people just dont no what to say or how to say it

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prasadjain 7 years ago from Tumkur Author

Yes,that's why quarrels and/or misunderstandings start.What we should speak, should be mentally thought prior.Then communication will be successful and gives intended result.Unthought speech often will be ambiguous.

There is a proverb in Kannada which means-'talk spoiled the home. and the hole(in the cooking pot) spoiled the oven'.Is it not true?

Mathew Arnold has rightly told-'control of tongue is the begining of knowledge.Control of mind is the consumation of knowledge'.

Let the secceh and talk enlighten us.Let these be enjoyable,not aggrievable.

Aravind 7 years ago

Thats great work .. It clarified the difference perfectly... :) (thumbs up !)

Purush 7 years ago

This is a very good information that I have learned now. I was getting confused to use these words in our day today life. I speak to say "thanks" for the article.

Timothy 6 years ago

i must confess ..... this information is really the best. please do you have a book with the topic? before consulting this site, i was have a problem with my frieds over the meaning of communication and talking. please in case you have information on this, please kindly send to my E-mail address: tami4timo@yahoo.com. i will really appreciate it so much

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prasadjain 6 years ago from Tumkur Author

DEar Mr.Timothy,

I do not have a book that could be sent by email.I have big books. My knowledge of these two words is mainly by my coming across these in best writings in English.

There are many books about which you can know by ebay adds.Refer to them

sheila 6 years ago

defend or refute: "speaking better,live better"

THIN THIRI ZAW 5 years ago

I want to English speaking .

I don't understand English speaking.

Avinash Merugu 5 years ago

This is a very good article and I would to thank Mr Prasad for sharing this article

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