snakker and taler

what is the difference? when do you use one or the other?

December 16, 2017


Tale: Usually one-sided talking. Speaking.

  • Jeg taler om problemet: I talk about the problem (I am talking about it to others).
  • Jeg taler til dig: I am talking to you (I am doing all the talking).
  • BUT, jeg taler med dig: I am having a conversation with you (no difference from jeg snakker med dig).
  • Jeg taler dansk: I speak Danish (more formal).

Snakke: Converse with, have a conversation with.

  • Jeg snakker om problemet: I'm discussing the problem (with other people), or informal babbling.
  • Jeg snakker med dig.
  • Jeg snakker dansk: I speak Danish (more casual).
December 17, 2017

"Snakke" is usually more informal than "tale"

January 11, 2018
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