5 American Phrases with HEAR to Help You Sound like a Native English Speaker

There are some phrases native speakers use which you will not learn in your traditional classroom or even in your textbooks. They can be used in your daily conversations, at your workplace or even when conversing with your friends. These five phrases have something in common — they all use the verb “hear”.

Hear tell.

This phrase can be used in a sentence like, “I hear tell that in Boston the winters are cold or even Hear tell that Seattle is a rainy city. This phrase is similar to, “I heard that.”

I hear you/that.

Whether you use I hear you or I hear that, both phrases mean the same thing which is implying that you are listening or that you are agreeing. However, when using the phrase I hear you, you can instead say I hear ya to sound like more of a native speaker.

I heard it through the grapevine.

This means that a person heard a rumor or gossip. Use this phrase when you don’t want to say who told you some information.

Hear you me.

This is a way of emphasizing or being dramatic to make someone listen to you. You can also use this in addressing a crowd when speaking in public or you simply want to add some emphasis like, “Hear you me, I will not break my diet.”

Hear me out.

 It simply means that you want someone to listen to you. This can also be used when you are in a disagreement with someone or when you are in a heated debate.

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