Carol
Help please!! What it’s the difference between “listening” and “hearing”. If I want to say, what it’s the correct: I still listening boring or I still hearing boring. Thanks! 
Apr 30, 2018 11:11 PM
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The difference is that "to hear" is passive and "to listen" is active. To listen is to pay attention and concentrate on what the other person is saying, but to hear simply means that your ears register the sound. For example, if a teacher is talking to you and you are daydreaming, you hear the sound of them talking but you do not know what they said because you were distracted and were not listening. Hear = oír; listen = escuchar. 

I'm not entirely sure of what you would like to say. If you write what you would like to say in Spanish I can translate it to English for you. 

ome examples of the words in context are:

"I am listening, but I am bored" 

"What I am listening to is boring" 

"I heard them talking, but it was boring and I stopped listening" 

April 30, 2018

Patrick above is correct. Because "to hear" is an involuntary, passive act, the following is not possible in English :

I am hearing something boring. (INCORRECT)

Instead, you have to use something like the following :

I am listening to something boring. (CORRECT)

If you want to know more about this subject, you should research "stative verbs" in English.



April 30, 2018
Would it be like the difference between escuchar and oír?
May 2, 2018
Thanks  a lot guys! Patrick and Charles! 
May 1, 2018
Carol
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