In English it is very common to use the present-conjugation of 'to be' plus the ing-gerund form of the verb to describe an action in progress.
Ex: "I am talking to Tom".
Would both of the following be correct?
1) Parlo con/a Tom 2) Sto parlando con/a Tom
In contrast, if I wanted to say: "I talk to Tom", meaning that I am not currently talking to him, but on occasion we talk with each other, how would you differentiate that from Parlo con Tom?
This is just an example using one verb, but I would like to know when either case is more appropriate.