(=formal talk) discours m
to make a speech, to give a speech faire un discours
→ He gave a very amusing speech at her wedding.
(=faculty) parole f
to lose one's powers of speech perdre l'usage de la parole
→ She was so shocked that she lost her powers of speech.
(=manner of speaking) façon f de parler
→ I detected a slight Brooklyn accent in her speech.
Her speech was slurred. Elle avait du mal à articuler.
(=spoken language) langage m
→ His classes concentrated on verbal communication through writing and speech.
tirade f → She recited a speech from Shakespeare.
n discours m de réception
→ The first black Oscar winner was the peerless Sidney Poitier, winner of a lifetime award on Sunday night. In his acceptance speech he paid tribute to the "memory of all of the African-American actors who went before me, on whose shoulders I stand."
n discours m direct, style m direct
figure of speech
(=rhetorical device) figure f de style
It's just a figure of speech. C'est juste une façon de parler.
→ Of course I'm not. It was just a figure of speech.
n liberté f de parole
n (mainly British, GRAMMAR) discours m indirect
n discours-programme m
n premier discours m (d'un député etc)
→ She was terrified of making her maiden speech.
part of speech
n partie f du discours
n (British) discours m de la reine
n (GRAMMAR) discours m indirect
n bulle f (de BD)
n (British, at school) jour m de la distribution des prix
speech defect , speech disorder
n troubles mpl du langage
n défaut m d'élocution
→ John's slight speech impediment made it difficult for me to understand him.
n orthophoniste mf
n orthophonie f
n (US, POLITICS) discours m de campagne