Use・Speak languages/ Fluent (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Use languages

Speak

To be able to use a particular language

The man can speak English and Russian.

Know

To be able to speak a language

I know some French.

Understand

To know the meaning of words, a language, what someone says, etc.

I can understand Chinese.

Use

He uses Spanish when he talks with his parents.

Make yourself understood

To communicate effectively

I tried to make myself understood to the customs officers with some English words I know at Kennedy International Airport.

Speaker

Noun

A person who speaks a particular language

The man is a Spanish-speaker.

Fluent

Adjective

Able to speak or write a foreign language very well

She became fluent in German.

Proficient

Adjective

Able to do something well or skillfully because of training and practice

She is proficient in German and Chinese.

Bilingual

Adjective

Able to speak two languages equally well

My children are bilingual in English and Vietnamese.

Trilingual

Adjective

Able to speak three languages equally well

I am trilingual in English, Spanish and Italian.

Multilingual

Adjective

Speaking, using, or written in several different languages

Some people in my office are multilingual.

 

Speak, Say words / Talk (synonyms, similar words, thesaurus)

Speak words

Say

To use your voice to express an idea, feeling, thought, etc. with words

I do not believe a word he says.

Speak

To use your voice to say something

She never speaks at the meetings.

Talk

To use your voice to say words

She talks too fast.

Utter

Formal

To say something

I did not utter a word during the meeting.

Articulate

To speak very clearly so that every word you say can be heard and understood

He was too drunk to articulate his words.

State

To express something formally in speech or writing, especially in a careful and clear way

She stated her intention to resign from the government.

Use

To say or write particular words

Don’t use the word in front of your little brother.

Declare

To say something firmly and clearly

SW: assert, affirm

I declared my innocence.