LISTEN vs. HEAR
LISTEN vs. HEAR: meaning and examples
Today we look at two more words, this time verbs, that can cause confusion in English: hear and listen. They can be translated into Spanish/Catalan as oír/sentir and escuchar/escoltar, respectively.
So what are the differences between these verbs?
Listen means: to pay attention to a sound or make an effort to hear a sound or understand what someone tells you.
I listen to the radio every morning on my way to work.
My husband never listens to what I have to say!
Hear means: to realise that something or somebody is making a sound. In this case there is not necessarily an effort made to detect the sound, as with listen.
She became very frightened when she heard noises outside the door.
I heard rumours that the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) is going to quit.
If you have any questions about the difference between these two verbs, please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.
Enjoy the rest of your day!