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"Listen" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "escuchar", and "speak" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "hablar". Learn more about the difference between "listen" and "speak" below.
listen(
lihs
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ihn
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to actively hear; often used with "to")
a. escuchar
Listen! I think someone's shouting your name.¡Escucha! Creo que alguien está gritando tu nombre.
2. (to pay attention; often used with "to")
a. escuchar
He failed the exam because he never listens in class.Falló el examen porque nunca escucha en clase.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (act of listening)
a. la oída
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The band's new album deserves a listen.El álbum nuevo del grupo se merece una oída.
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speak
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to articulate words)
a. hablar
"Speak now or forever hold your peace," said the judge."Hable ahora o calle para siempre", dijo el juez.
2. (to talk)
a. hablar
You know you can speak to me whenever you want.Sabes que puedes hablar conmigo cuando quieras.
3. (to expound upon)
a. hablar
I spoke at length about this issue yesterday.Hablé largo y tendido sobre este tema ayer.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to utter)
a. decir
If you don't speak the truth now, you may never get another chance.Si no dices la verdad ahora, tal vez nunca tendrás otra oportunidad.
5. (to be able to communicate in)
a. hablar
He speaks five languages fluently.Habla cinco idiomas con fluidez.
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