What's the difference between these two? According to wiktionary both are perfective forms of говорит but I'm not sure if they're really interchangeable. When should each one be used?


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Сказать means to make one or more statements which have the effect of informing the listener on some clearly identified subject. For example:

Скажите что я позвонил.

Хорошо, скажу.

In contrast поговорить means to have a talk with someone. It conveys the idea of uttering appropriate words in order to revolve a situation or to make one's position clear. For example:

Наш сын меня не слушает. Ты должен с ним поговорить.

Хорошо, я поговорю.

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