This is an imperfect verb, so, it seems like the most correct English translation would be "were talking," to suggest that there might be more talking at some point. But DL accepts "talked" which seems more ambiguous and too "finished," as though the talking is over. So, "talked" probably should be reserved for "поговорил," the perfective version. Am I wrong?
Im having some real difficulty understanding aspect for some verbs. My verb book and dictionary list говорить/сказать as an imperfective/perfective verb pair. 'We were talking about...' sounds like the best translation for 'мы говорили о...' if my understanding is correct. 'Мы сказали...' would surely mean more like 'We said...'? So how do you express 'We talked (about)...' in Russian? Also, where then does поговорить fit in? Both of my dictionaries disagree on the aspect of this verb. What aspect is it? Is it an entirely different verb? I know there isnt always a one-to-one correspondence between English and Russian tenses but do these verbs always come in discrete pairs or is there some overlap? Any help much appreciated as really tying myself in knots with this one.
Hi from Siberia! I'll try to make it clear for you) " Мы говорили (о чём-л.)" means "We talked..." or "We were talking..." depending on the context. "Мы поговорили" means that we had a conversation about something specific and we finished it and can be also translated as "We talked". (I'd rather use "We discussed..." maybe.) I didn't get about discrete pairs and overlap, sorry