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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Exercise

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.

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Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hi Everybody,
İndeed I don't like very much listen to music. Even so I seldom listen to some songs. so I haven't got any favourite singers and brands. Especially I prefer listen to instrumental music. My favourite name is Lindsey Striling. I actually like to listen to violin and piano. Englısh songs avail for improve my Englısh language. I just listen to Englısh songs beacause of this.
Have a nice day everyone. take care of yourself.

I don't know any English music band but I know some singers such as Shakira, Enriko, Adel etc. I really like their voice and type of music. I used to listen to English music to learn English but now I seldom listen to English music, because it took me many times to learn new English words and many of those new words were informal and the speed of songs was very high and I couldn't understand the meaning of songs. I decided to listen to learn English podcasts to practice the listening skill.

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

Hello,
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,
Kirk
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,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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