Is there ever a difference between descriptions of frequency and the present tense?

For example, is there a difference between "I speak English." (referring to frequent speaking of English) and "I speak." (in present tense, as you might see in a first-person narrative)?

If so, what is it? If not, why isn't there a difference between the two?

I apologize for my vagueness in use of the word "difference". I'm asking for any sort of difference, even at the most general level, in how the two are used in a sentence.

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There is no 'difference'. They are both 'habitual' present. 'I am speaking' would convey the present (progressive). Many other languages do not make this distinction.


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