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TO SPEAK. This term is used in the English law, to signify the permission given by a court to the prosecutor and defendant in some cases of misdemeanor, to agree together, after which the prosecutor comes into court and declares himself to be satisfied; when the court pass a nominal sentence. 1 Chit. Pr. 17.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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For example, many of my known Sindhi families speak with their children either in English or in Urdu.
In related news, the Queen isn't the only royal that can speak French fluently.
I respect the choice of the people to choose not to speak or learn Welsh but what does make me angry is the argument like the one on Twitter about the total disrespect of Welsh speakers.
Like many have told me over the years: "I so wish I could speak it." It's never too late.
A recent parliamentary green paper stated that: "With improved levels of English, people will be less vulnerable to isolation and loneliness and can build their confidence to speak up for themselves.
On this day, you must resolve to speak out, you must resolve to speak against evil on our land.
'Now our children and their children speak Torwali,' said Said Gul, Rahim Gul's first cousin.
The research, conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), shows that a record 65.5 million US residents five years of age and older don't speak English at home, representing the largest percentage rise since 2010 among languages with more than 400,000 speakers--Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Chinese, Persian, Haitian, Gujarati and, of course, Spanish, the dominant second language in the United States.
In the past, he would rebel against it, saying his friends don't speak it.
The station contacted the pub's owner Finbarr O'Shea who said his staff needed to wear certain clothes and similarly, needed to speak a certain language.
When you speak, try to get into a rhythm or a flow.
For all age groups, there has been a slight increase in the percentage who report being able to speak Welsh, but not fluently.