Quick answer
"Listening" is a form of "listen", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "escuchar". "Speaking" is an adjective which is often translated as "parlante". Learn more about the difference between "listening" and "speaking" 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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speaking(
spi
-
kihng
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (involving speech)
a. parlante
We have a speaking parrot. Tenemos un loro parlante.
b. que habla
She got a speaking doll for her birthday.En su cumpleaños recibió una muñeca que habla.
c. con diálogo (film and theater)
He got his first speaking part when he was only nine.Consiguió su primer papel con diálogo cuando tenía solo nueve años.
d. hablado (film and theater)
She's had several speaking roles in movies, but nothing big.Ha tenido varios papeles hablados en las películas, pero nada de mayor importancia.
2.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(striking)
a. expresivo
Keith gave her a speaking look.Keith le lanzó una mirada expresiva.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (skill)
a. la oratoria
(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).
Chris took a three-month course to improve his skills in speaking and rhetoric.Chris tomó un curso de tres meses para mejorar sus dotes de oratoria y retórica.
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