Translation of speech in Spanish:

speech

Pronunciation: /spiːtʃ/

noun/nombre

  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (act) habla (feminine (with masculine article in the singular)) we communicate through speech nos comunicamos mediante el habla freedom of speech libertad (feminine) de expresión or de palabra 1.2 uncountable/no numerable (faculty) habla (feminine (with masculine article in the singular)) to recover one's speech recuperar el habla to lose the power of speech perder* el habla
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    • I'd long since lost the ability to understand human speech.
    • Their research could have implications for discovering how the developing brain processes sound and speech.
    • One of the most compelling is the marked improvement of our ability to understand speech if we can observe the speaker's lips moving.
    1.3 uncountable/no numerable (manner of speaking) forma (feminine) de hablar
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    • Each has an idiosyncratic style of dress and speech.
    • She had an excellent ear for accents and individual styles of speech, but otherwise did not alter her voice drastically.
    • His soothing, mannered style of speech and genuine affection for his film kept my attention throughout the duration of the commentary.
    1.4 u and c (language, dialect) habla (feminine (with masculine article in the singular)) in casual speech en el habla coloquial (before noun/delante del nombre) a speech community una comunidad lingüística
  • 2 countable/numerable 2.1 (oration) discurso (masculine), alocución (feminine) [formal] the Queen's/King's speech[ discurso pronunciado por el monarca en el que se detallan los planes del Gobierno ] speech! speech! [humorous/humorístico] ¡que hable! ¡que hable! to make o [formal] deliver a speech (on o about sth) dar* or [formal] pronunciar un discurso (sobre or acerca de algo) 2.2 [Theater/Teatro] parlamento (masculine)
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    • Other cassettes sport Agatha Christie tales and one cassette in particular is all about the great speeches by famous characters in various Shakespearean plays.
    • And then in the middle of my long speech I forgot my lines.
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    • The manner in which he conducted branch meetings or indeed his professionalism in his delivery of addresses and speeches at formal functions would be sadly missed.
    • Formal speeches were delivered at the main gate but were drowned out by a low flying army helicopter.
    • At 81, he can get the full attention of an audience while delivering a speech or singing a song..
  • 3 [Linguistics/Lingüística] direct/indirect o reported speech estilo (masculine) or discurso (masculine) directo/indirecto

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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.