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An example use of speak in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… now I saw you speak this listen to this …”
Speak means to say something with your voice.
the word speak occurs in english on average 94.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that speak can be often used in the following areas:
1) people, society, and culture;