Don't Confuse These: Hear & Listen

Don't Confuse These: Hear & Listen

Don't Confuse These is a series of very short podcasts about words we may confuse.
This episode focuses on Hear & Listen.

Listen to this podcast and find out the difference!

Voiced by Gregory Theiner

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Hear and Listen

Which one means that we are thinking about this information?
Hear or listen?
In which case are we more concentrated?

When we hear something, our ears catch sounds and send signals to the brain.

I heard a strange sound during the night. Maybe we have mice!

When we listen, we concentrate on this action.

I listened to a beautiful piece of music by Mozart. I concentrated.

I heard some music in the living room, but I didn't listen to it.
I didn't concentrate, I was trying to do my homework and that music was bothering me.

We use listen with 'to'.

I listened to the radio, we listen to music, she didn't listen to her mother.

What are you listening to right now?
Yep – you're listening to this podcast!

What noises can you hear outside?
Can you hear rain?
Can you hear children playing?

Now you know the difference between ‘listen' and ‘hear'!