What’s the difference: Hear / Listen
This is a common mistake among students. The verbs listen and hear involve perceiving a sound. Both words are similar with one subtle difference.
Hear means to perceive or become aware of a sound.
- I hear noise.
- I hear police sirens.
- I hear rumors and gossip at work.
Listen means to pay attention to what you hear.
- I listen to music.
- I listen to my clients.
- I listen to my wife.
- Can you listen me? (wrong, incorrect)
- Can you hear me? (right, correct)
- I can't listen you.
- I can't hear you.
- I listen you.
- I can hear you.
- I like to listen music.
- I like to listen to music.
- Can you hear me?
- Did you hear that?
- What did you hear?
- Are you listening to me?
- What do you like listening to?
- Did you hear the news?
- Who did you hear that from?
- Did you hear the new Star Wars movie came out?