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"I speak English."

Translation:Jeg snakker engelsk.

4 years ago

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mgeisler

As a Dane, I would say that "Jeg taler engelsk" is more correct than "Jeg snakker engelsk." Both are commonly used and both are accepted here on Duolingo.

4 years ago

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I think that just depends on who you are. Hence, we accept both :)

4 years ago

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What is the difference between "snakke" and "tale" ?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mgeisler

This dictionary says that "snakke" is more informal than "tale": http://ordnet.dk/ddo/ordbog?query=snakke

So I say that "snakke" is like "chat" in English and "tale" is more like "speak". Examples would be "I would like a chat with you" and "I would like to speak with you" where the first sentence is more informal than the second.

I'm unsure how to relate "talk" back to the Danish "tale" and "snakke", but I guess it's similar to "snakke" as well.

4 years ago

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In English, we are more likely to say "I would like to talk with you." or "I would like to talk to you." or "Can we talk?" "Chat isn't just an informal word for talk, but implies that the conversation itself is just not important at all. "We chatted for hours about nothing and everything." We use chat when talking about how we were talking casually. We could not say "I chat Danish.", but we could say "We chatted a little in English, a little in French and then we tried to chat in Danish, but I need more practice."

When talking about languages, we would be more likely to say "I speak Danish." and never "I talk Danish.", but we could say "I talked to my friend in Danish about his family." We can use speak formally and often regarding speeches. "He is speaking at the Los Angeles conference."

We can "talk" formally or informally. There is no indication that it is casual as with "chat" or formal as with "speak".

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speak http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talk http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chat

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/puppylove_ap

I'm glad they give both options. I've always said taler as opposed to snakker.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica509568

so "snakker is informal"

1 year ago