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American English: /ˈlɪs(ə)n/
British English: /ˈlɪs(ə)n/

Translation of listen in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1.1 (focus hearing) if you listen carefully, you'll hear it
    si escuchas con atención, lo oirás
    to listen to something/somebody
    escuchar algo/a alguien
    as she lay in bed she listened to them arguing
    acostada en su cama, los oía discutir
    just listen to him (talk o talking)
    ¡fíjate or mira cómo habla!
    to listen for somethingthey listened for her footsteps
    estaban atentos a ver si la oían venir
    I listened out for the record on the radio (British English)
    estuve atento a ver si oía el disco en la radio
    Example sentences
    • I listen to the sounds of the radiators ticking as the central heating comes on.
    • Every few minutes he would stop and listen to what sounds there were in these quiet highland woods.
    • It's not highbrow in an elitist way but you have to pay attention and think while listening to it.
    1.2 (pay attention, heed) See examples:to listen (to something/somebody) are you listening (to me)?
    ¿me estás escuchando?
    ¿me oyes?
    I'm sorry, I wasn't listening I never used to listen in class
    nunca atendía or prestaba atención en clase
    I can't promise anything, but I'll listen to what he has to say
    no puedo prometer nada pero estoy dispuesto a escucharlo
    he doesn't listen to a word I say!
    no me hace ningún caso
    you tell her: she won't listen to me
    díselo tú, a mí no me hace caso or no me escucha
    if only I'd listened to what she said!
    ¡si le hubiera hecho caso!
    ¡si la hubiera escuchado!
    they won't listen to advice
    no hacen caso de lo que se les dice
    listen, I've had enough of your moaning listen, why don't we go/ask her?
    oye ¿por qué no vamos/se lo preguntamos?
    Example sentences
    • We should listen to expert advice, but to slavishly follow it on every occasion defies logic.
    • Despite being aware of the dangers, a small minority of drivers don't listen to the advice.
    • So he had no choice but to listen to the advice of his friend and enrolled a course for motormen.


  • [colloquial]to give something a listen
    escuchar algo
    after a couple of listens …
    después de escucharlo un par de veces …
    Example sentences
    • Nevertheless, there are undoubtedly some hidden gems which make this set worth the listen.
    • I wish they'd just put up a transcript, but for those of you with broadband it's well worth a listen.
    • On this performance her forthcoming debut album could well be worth a listen.

Phrasal verbs

listen in

verb + adverb
someone may be listening in
alguien puede estar escuchando
to listen in to/on something
escuchar algo

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