how to pronounce listening


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the above transcription of listening is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

listening is pronounced in three syllables

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video examples of listening pronunciation

An example use of listening in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… never been meaning I'm listening I have …”

meanings of listening


  1. Of an action that is performed with caution and attention to sounds.
  2. Of something that is used in order to hear or to improve the ability to hear.
  3. Of something or someone that listens.


  1. Action of the verb listening.
  2. Skill or ability of perceiving spoken language.
  3. An educational exercise involving listening.


  1. Present participle of listen.

listening frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word listening occurs in english on average 65.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics listening can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that listening can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words that rhyme with listening


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