"The girl talks and the man listens."
Translation:Flickan pratar och mannen lyssnar.
Is there a difference between pratar and talar, like there us between speak and talk?
I guess "speak" is a bit more formal than "talk"? Are there other differences? Anyway, "talar" is more formal than "pratar".
Well, I was mainly refering to differences regarding when to use one or another. For instance, it's not really correct to say "I talk English", is it? So I was wondering if there where cases when using one (pratar or talar) was more correct over the other.
You are right, "I talk English" sounds weird. "Jag talar engelska" sounds so much better than "Jag pratar engelska", but you can probably hear people say "Jag pratar engelska" too. I think that I once read that "prata" is originally an imitative word (onomato...something :)), as if pratpratprat = blahblahblah. But nowadays it is used more or less as a synonym to "tala".