Talking vs. Saying vs. Speaking vs. Telling

I am talking to Jane.  I speak with her every day.   She said that she is graduating next week.  She will tell me what time to be there.

John is telling me a story.  He spoke of a time that has long passed.

The CEO gave a speech yesterday.  He spoke about how the economy would impact the company.

Let me know if you would like to talk about this.  I can tell you the meaning of each.

Usually talking and speaking imply two way conversation but not always while telling and saying imply 0ne way.

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