Word pairs: hear | listen

Questions
Overview

I hear you - Listen to jazz to relax

Hear

We use hear to describe the natural process of identifying sounds. It is involuntary and simply involves a sense:

  • I heard a loud noise. (it happened near me; I didn't intend to hear it)
  • They can't hear you. You have to speak louder.

Listen

We use listen to describe a voluntary action. We listen to something when we pay attention to it:

  • I like listening to classical music.
  • She never listens to her parents.

Apesar de em português "ouvir" e "escutar" serem muitas vezes usados como sinônimos, a diferença em inglês é marcada. Hear para audição e listen para o ato consciente de escutar:

  • Eu gosto de ouvir jazz. I like hearing jazz. (I like listening to jazz)
Further learning
Description Author Language
The main differences between 'hear' and 'listen'. Nick Shepherd
Examples using 'hear' and 'listen'. engVid