Oír

 

“I’m all ears” 👂 literally, as in English, means being ready to listen and fully attentive to what another person has to say. 🤓 

👯‍♂️Similar expressions:

Other expressions with the word “oídos” (ears) used in the same way in English expressions:

👉🏽hacer oídos sordos: to turn a deaf ear, meaning ignoring what someone has said. 🙉

 👉🏽oído cocina: heard, chef! Equivalent to received and understood. 👩🏽‍🍳

 🌀Conjugation:

The verb oír is an irregular verb in the present tense.

It belongs to the group with the first person (yo) irregular in “g,” like:

“hago, pongo, salgo”…

Additionally, it’s an example of the intervocalic “i” change, occurring when an “i” appears between vowels and changes into a “y” , as in:

👉🏽Oies: oyes,

👉🏽Leiendo: leyendo

👉🏽Construiendo: construyendo

This is a rule that always applies in Spanish: whenever there is a combination of “i” between vowels, it becomes a “y”.

👉🏽Oír conjugation:

Oigo
Oyes
Oye
Oímos
Oís
Oyen

🆚Difference between “oír” and “escuchar”:

👂🏽“Oír” refers to the physical ability to hear or perceive sounds with your ears. It is a passive or accidental action, similar to “hear”

— ¿oyes ese ruido? (Can you hear that noise?)

🎶”Escuchar” involves actively paying attention; it requires engagement, similar to “listen”.

— ¿escuchas algún podcast? (Do you listen to any podcasts?)

✋🏽”Oye”:

 “Oye” is the command form used to call someone’s attention; it’s similar to “hey,” “listen”… “Oiga,” the formal version, can be used to call attention in a formal situation.

“Oye”it’s a common way to start a sentence:

Oye, ¿sabes si…? (Hey, do you know if…?)

🎤Canción con “oye”:

“Oye como va,” originally a mambo written by Tito Puente, was turned into a classic in latin rock by Santana.🎸

 The song follows the tempo and rhythm of “cha-cha-cha,” a music and dance originating from Cuba.🪇

“Oye como va”, Santana (1970 )

More frequent verbs:

Check other important verbs for beginners in Spanish in our post about pensar:

“Pensar” verbs in Spanish

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