Tess & Ravi

Tess and Ravi talk about pop music and Jo and Adam look at the difference between the verbs 'hear' and 'listen'.

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  • What about you – which British singers or bands are your favourites?
  • Do songs help you learn English?

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Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


The Queen's songs were a great help to learn and use the english language, when I was very young. Now, my best help are Depeche Mode's songs and David Bowie's texts; plus, for my pronunciation and sense of understanding.

I do believe listening music is pleasure way to learn a new language , when I was a child I used to listen english music like Beatles and Elvis Presley and so on , I really liked but didn´t understand at all ,twenty years later my english is much better rather before and I still listening Beatles and Elvis , but this time I can understand the lyrics and it makes the song much pleasure and enjoyable to listening , by the way nowadays there aren´t good music and good singer like formerly

I like the Beatles but my favourite band is Oasis I've seen them twice both at Wembley stadium old and new, I also like the stereophonics I've seen them at Wembley Arena I also like Coldplay avril lavigne I've seen, her twice the 02 Arena and the oppollo in London

I discover the Beatles songs when I was eleven. And more than 30 years after, I still listen to their songs. I really love them. They also opened my mind to know other British and American bands. I like Queen, The Police, Duran Duran, Oasis, Nirvana and many others bands that I can't remember now... Listening to these songs has helped me to improve my English.
Best regards

I learned that to finish email as good way I can use:
I look forward to hearing you.

Could be?
I look forward to listened you.

because, I think listen is more polite than hear, or not?
please, Mr K, let me know.

Hello igor,

That's right -- 'I look forwarding to hearing from you' is a very common way of ending an email. Please notice that the word 'from' is important and that the verb after 'to' ends in '-ing'.

You can change the 'hearing from you' to 'listening to you', but it means something different and more specific. When we say 'hearing from you', it means we look forward to a response (written or spoken) from the person. If you said 'listening to you', it would mean you're going to have an opportunity to listen to the person, for example, they are going to sing a song in a concert or give a speech at a conference. As you can see, that is quite a different meaning!

You might want to read a little about the difference between 'hear' and 'listen'.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

You could say 'I look forward to listening to you'

Hi, Jo and Adam in conversation, Adam say "And now let's look at some of the language that you heard in the podcast." Why is HEAR?

Hello braveofthering,

'Hearing' is the process of us becoming aware of a sound; if we are in a normal state of consciousness, we hear sounds. 'Listening' involves paying conscious attention to sounds. In this case, Adam isn't assuming that people have paid close attention to every single word in the podcast. If he had meant this, he could have said 'listened to' instead.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Matkes from Slovakia,
Don't be too humble, your English is perfect (I'm afraid I'm not native English speaker, either... However, I'm a professional translator of English in both ways, English-Japanese and Japanese-English). Besides, you seem to be very poetic, starting your comment with "beautiful April day". I also love poems, let me see, it's October and in Japan, the leaves of trees are starting to change their colour into yellow and red. We Japanese like to go to a park or a mountain nearby to enjoy the beautiful autumnal trees with their beautifully tinged leaves! Enjoy studying English.
P.S) I love the Carpenters (American pop singers) as well as the Beetles.

Beatiful April day everyone. I don´t listen to music in english as a way of learning. When I listen to music and there is a song that I like, sometimes I want to know lyrics. I will find a "karaoke" version of the song with translate into my mother tongue. My family members often catch me how to sing a song. What is a very fun. My favourite British band is Coldplay. I like the kind of musis that they make. Each member of the band is really well playing a music instrument. The best of all is Chris Martin. He is frontman of the band. He is charismatic, inspiring and full of energy. Everything in this band I like (albums, songs, style dress at last but not least concerts). My English is not at the level I would be able to understand the words of the song that are spoken quickly and incomprehensible.

Can you check my grammar and give me feedback. Thank you :)