Mike Tyznik (noktulo) wrote in linguaphiles,
Mike Tyznik
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Hear vs. Listen

Is there a distinction made between "hear" and "listen" in French? I ask because in the Blow song "Bonjour Jeune Fille" the same lyrics are repeated in French, then English:

bonjour jeune fille en haut, nous avons écoutés le son de votre amour

hello young girl upstairs, we've heard the sounds of your love


I've always thought écouter meant "listen to," but does it also mean "hear"? Because in this context if it only means "listen to" it gives the lyrics a different meaning.

Thanks!
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