Formas de hablar

speak: make use of words in a normal voice.
May I speak to George?

talk: speak to give information, say things.
What are they talking about?

hesitate: be slow to speak (or act) because one is uncertain or unwilling to talk.
He hesitated before answering my question.

whisper: speak softly, without vibrating the vocal cords, privately or secretly.
She whispered the secret word in my ear.

hiss: say something in a loud whisper. (Snakes also hiss).
‘Get out!’ she hissed at me furiously.

mumble: speak unclearly, so that others can’t hear.
He mumbled something at me which I didn’t understand.

mutter: speak in a low voice, which is hard to hear.
She was muttering something to herself as she went out.

murmur: speak in a soft, quiet voice that is difficult to hear clearly.
The classmates murmured during the test.

hum: make a low continuous sound, when you take a long time deciding what to say.
She hummed at the beginning of the oral exam.

grunt: make short sounds or say a few words in a rough voice, when you don’t want to talk. (Pigs also grunt).
She grunted a few words and left the table.

stammer: speak with pauses and repeating the same sound or syllable, habitually or from fear or excitement.
P-p-please give me the p-p-pen,’ he stammered.

stutter: stammer.
P-p-please give me the p-p-pen,’ he stuttered.

quaver: speak tremulously, because you are nervous or upset.
Her voice quavered for a moment but then she regained control.

lisp: speak with /th/ sounds instead of /s/ sounds.
You’re very thilly, Thimon. (You’re very silly, Simon.)

babble = gabble = gibber = jabber: talk foolishly, in a way difficult to understand.
Her fever made her babble without stopping.

ramble: talk continuously, in a confused way.
Stop rambling and get to the point, please!

slur: speak unclearly, without separating the words correctly.
He was so drunk that he slurred to the bartender for more.

chat: have a friendly informal conversation.
They chatted away in the corner.

chatter: talk quickly and at length about something unimportant.
Please stop chattering, I’m trying to listen to the TV!

gossip: talk about the affairs of other people.
She was gossiping about her neighbours all day.

call: speak in a loud clear voice, shout, cry.
They called for help.

shout: speak in a loud voice, in anger or to get attention.
He had to shout because the music was too loud.

whoop: shout loudly and happily.
The children whooped when we entered the fair.

cry (out): make a sharp noise, in pain or surprise.
She cried out in terror when the old man appeared suddenly.

yell: cry out loudly, in fear, pain or excitement.
She yelled in terror when she saw the dead cat.

scream: cry out very loudly on a high note, in fear, pain, anger or laughter.
The baby was screaming the whole day.

shriek: scream.
The men shrieked with laughter.

bellow: shout in a deep voice.
The captain bellowed orders at the crew.

squeak: speak in a high-pitched voice.
She squeaked out a few words nervously.

squeal: speak in a high-pitched voice, with longer and louder sounds than in a squeak.
Let me go!’ she squealed.

whine: complain in a sad, annoying voice about something.
I don’t want to go,’ whined Peter.

chirp / chirrup (UK): speak in a happy high voice.
All finished!’ she chirped.

cheer: shout because of happiness.
The public cheered when the team appeared.

croak: speak with a deep hoarse voice.
She had such a terrible cold that she could only croak.

blurt out: say something suddenly and tactlessly.
She blurted out the bad news before I could stop her.

snap: say something quickly in an angry way.
‘What do you want?’ the waiter snapped.

splutter: talk quickly in short confused phrases, in anger or surprise.
But… what… where… how could you?’ she spluttered.

bark (out): say something quickly in a loud voice.
‘What do you want?’ the shop assistant barked.