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Episode 11

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

Tess & Ravi

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Leave a comment below!

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

Leave a comment and we'll discuss some of your answers in the next podcast.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


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 :)

I listen to us and uk music becuase it does not only help me relaxed but also learn english, improve my listening skill. Besides, when listening to foreign songs, I can learn a lot about the cultures of all countries in the world. It is very interesting because I feel like I can travel around the world.

good evening everyone!
I'm an English learner here. I always listen to English musics by lookıng at its lyrics and then i memorize this lyrics and i try to sing it :) it helps me to speak well or read. but nowadays i'm interested in learning Persian and Arabic by listening to music and memorizing these :) when i sing it next to my Afghan friends , they get surprize how i could sing it with good pronounciation :))

Good evening to everyone.
My favorite kind of music is electronic music, music that hasn't much words. But sometimes I listen to pop music and I very proud because I start to understand the lyrics. And when I noticed that I can understand the lyrics, then listening to pop music all the time. I thibk is a good and easy way to help you learn English so.
My favorie English band is the Beatles.
And for to improve my English usualy I watch movies with audio in English and with subtitles in English. For me this is the best way to increase my English level while I'm relaxing at movie.