how to pronounce hören


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the above transcription of hören 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.

hören is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of hören in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:

“… kann das gar nicht hören also das ist …”

meanings of hören


  1. To listen (to pay attention to a sound or speech; to accept advice or obey instruction).
  2. To hear (to perceive sounds (or a sound) through the ear).
  3. To hear (to be contacted (by)).
  4. To attend, to go to, to sit in on.
  5. To hear (to receive information; to come to learn).
  6. To get, to receive.
  7. To listen to, pay attention to (to give (someone) one's attention).


  1. Hearing.

hören frequency in german - A1 level of CEFR

the word hören occurs in german on average 147.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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