What is this 'art' they call effective communication anyway? One talks, the other stands there and looks like they're interested and vice versa. How hard is that?! Is there a difference between '€˜to hear' and '€˜to listen'? [spacer] We use the words so interchangeably, so they must mean the same thing. [spacer] "Did you hear me?" [spacer]OR[spacer] "Are you listening?" [spacer] Below is some humor to associate the difference, if there is any, right? First, let's look at their meanings according to Merriam Webster's Dictionary. Meaning of HEAR:[spacer] To perceive or apprehend by the ear. Meaning of LISTEN: [spacer] To hear something with thoughtful attention : give consideration. So maybe they aren't the same after all, eh? I've come to the conclusion that when you are in a conversation with someone, many times they are so engrossed in what they are going to reply back that they don't 'really' listen, they just 'hear'. Many years ago I came across a comic strip that was a prime example. Even though I don't have it anymore I can sure describe it. [spacer] Picture if you will, the first panel showed a woman in a business suit ready to go out the front door of her home, briefcase in hand. [spacer] Turned toward her husband, the dialogue box says, "Honey, just put a capful of soap in each load. That's all you need to do. It's so simple a child could do it!" The second panel shows the husband and wife standing in front of the washing machine. [spacer]Soap bubbles are foaming out of the top and down the front. [spacer]They are standing in knee high bubbles. [spacer]The wife's hands are on her hips, giving him a disgusted look. [spacer]The husband has his baseball cap in hand and the dialogue box says, (you guessed it) "Honey, I only used a cap full!" Of course at this point you may be thinking, this has nothing to do with hearing or listening, eh?! For you guys that don't do laundry... capful means the lid of the detergent container. LOL! So here's another prime example: €“ A Polish man moved to the U.S. and married an American girl. [spacer] Although his English was far from perfect, they got along very well. [spacer] One day he rushed into a lawyer's office and asked him if he could arrange a divorce. [spacer] The lawyer said that getting a divorce would depend on the circumstances, and asked him the following questions. [spacer] Have you any grounds? [spacer] Yes, an acre and half and nice little home. [spacer] No, I mean what is the foundation of this case? [spacer] It made of concrete. [spacer] I don't think you understand. [spacer] Does either of you have a real grudge? [spacer] No, we have carport, and not need one. [spacer] I mean what are your relations like? [spacer] All my relations still in Poland. [spacer] Is there any infidelity in your marriage? [spacer] We have hi-fidelity stereo and good DVD player. [spacer] Does your wife beat you up? [spacer] No, I always up before her. [spacer] Why do you want this divorce? [spacer] She going to kill me. [spacer] What makes you think that? [spacer] I got proof. [spacer] What kind of proof? [spacer] She going to poison me. [spacer] She buy a bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. [spacer] I can read, and it say: ~~~Polish Remover~~~ *******This does not reflect ANY prejudice or slander, just merely fits the joke! ******** The ancient Greek word for hear is '€˜akikoa' and listen is' €˜ikousa'. Obviously meaning there is a difference. Genesis 49:2 Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob,And listen to Israel your father. Psalm 81:13 Oh, that My people would listen to Me,That Israel would walk in My ways! Proverbs 1:33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil. Proverbs 19:27 Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. John 8:43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. Think this pretty much sums it up! So, to you, is there a difference in hearing than listening?

Alison Stewart @kiwibird ·

I can hear the television in the distance...but I'm listening to you!:mrgreen:


Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

Amen my friend, i love it!!

How many times have I heard but not listened. And I so know when the kids are hearing but not listening.
And I love the humour.

Ted Foy @following ·

What a winderful message,:clap: I love the humour mixed in with it. Reminds me of the parable of the soils.(Matt. 13, Mark 4 & Luke 8) All too often the saved and the lost hear, but yet do not really listen. Lord forgive us!

:dance:Thanks so much for this insightful message.:dance:



My87 year old dad wears a hearing aid which he detests. Often when he wears it, it emits a high pitched sound because he does not take the trouble to adjust it.

I said "Dad, please turn down your hearing aid" and signalling to his hearing aid.
Dad said " I can hear you because I can read your lips"
"Dad, please you need to turn down that hearing aid" I repeated.
Dad said "I can hear what you said, what did you say?"


Andrew Luckhaupt @luckyone ·

So am I to conclude that the dude multitasking (doing the laundry AND cleaning the floor) is now an issue. Sheesh just can't please anybody! Did he ruin his ballcap? That was probably not the point...but, did he??? Ball caps are expensive! HEHEHE

Billy Beard @billyb ·

I am sorry 2G, I just had to do this. What did you say now, didn't hear you??:flower::pray:

Really liked the jokes, and the message! God Bless, billy

Art Schnatterly @aliveintheword ·


Love the humor AND the multiple messages in the blog and comments.

One of my favorite Bible passages begins "Shema, O Israel..." Shema is Hebrew for "hear." My granddaughters know that when Grandpa says "Shema" it is time to pay attention.

Shalom, Art

Linn Tuttle @ladylinn ·

Well addressed! This is something that needs attention and you did it well. Blessings and keep it up.

Lady Linn

Bill Sorensen @billansor ·

listening and truly listening and understanding the question is so very important...

Many times people answer me before I am done talking... .


If I am asking a question... . have the questioned answered before I am done asking...


put words into my mouth that were not anywhere near what it was I was saying..

Sensitivity to listening is just paying attention in a sincere manner. Pride often times gets in the way of listening and hearing what is totally being said.

Would that people listen and hear the Word of God and truly obey... would be the answer to the issues before us today...

Well said and thought out... .


Mary Shellow @awesomewonder ·

Thanks for the humor you are too funny. My Sunday School teacher use to say" whats serving God if we can't laugh I imagine that he laughs at us al the time" And look at this LISTEN and SILENT have the same letters go figure.

God Bless you

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