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Difference Between “Hear” and “Listen” enero 6, 2008

Posted by Romexi in Inglés | English.
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Aquí les dejo una Cita de ESL, se trata acerca de los verbos listen y hear. No los pongo en español porque los confundiré mas. Sin mas ni menos aquí se los dejo

Many of my ESL students are confused about when to use the verb “hear” and when to use the verb “listen.” I wonder if this may be because in other languages (at least Spanish–escuchar), the same word is used for both English words.

“To hear” is used when a sound comes to your ears. For example, I hear loud music coming from next door. Or, I hear the dog barking outside. Or, I hear the baby crying.

“To listen” is used when a person wants to hear something and is paying attention to it. For example, I am listening to a wonderful new CD. Or, I am listening to my brilliant ESL tutor’s explanation about verb tenses.

Compare, “I was listening to some music when I heard the phone ring.” Here, I am actively listening to some music and the sound of the phone ringing was a sound that came to me without my taking any action.

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1. daniel movilla - abril 9, 2009

great explanation! thank you


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