• 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 mutteringsomething 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 continuoussound, 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 totalk. (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: 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...