The irregular verb ‘sprechen’ = to speak in English. As per the definition of the Duden, it is used to form or utter speech sounds and words, but also in the sense to speak in a certain way. It is commonly used with the following prepositions:
to speak about = sprechen über
to speak of = sprechen von
to speak with = spechen mit
A) He speaks German and English. = Er spricht deutsch und englisch.
B) We speak about the history of Germany. = Wir spechen über Deutschlands Geschichte.
C) Lisa speaks with confidence. = Lisa spricht mit Selbstbewusstsein.
Ronny speaks with his teacher. = Ronny spricht mit seinem Lehrer.
There are also a few interesting expressions that use this verb:
A) Her comment speaks volumes. = Ihr Kommentar spricht Bände.
B) The judge declares him guilty. = Der Richter spricht ihn schuldig.
C) He is lucky to be alive. = Er kann von Glück sprechen, am Leben zu sein.
Present Tense Conjugation
Since the verb ‘sprechen’ is an irregular verb, it changes its word stem in the past tense and present perfect.
Past / Perfect Tense Conjugation