Hear me out | English expression meaning | Free lessons with pronunciation (2023)

Hear someone out

Today’s expression is to hear someone out. To hear someone out is to listen to their point of view, even if you disagree with it. This expression is almost always used in the imperative. You’re almost always saying to another person, “Hear me out.”

You would typically tell another person, “Hear me out,” when you think the person won’t listen to what you’re saying, or if you think that person will quickly disagree with you. Do you remember hearing it earlier? I told you, “hear me out.” I was about to say something that I knew you might not find convincing. I was about to say that chocolate and bacon go well together . You should try chocolate-covered bacon . I knew I was going to say that. And I knew there would be some of you—you know who you are—who would not be convinced by this. So, I said, “hear me out.” Listen to what I’m saying. You don’t have to agree with it, but I would like you to listen and then make up your mind.

I recently made some changes to the how-to videos that accompany each lesson on the website for Plain English Plus+ members. JR is the producer of everything, so it’s his job to produce these videos too. And the changes involved a few extra steps for JR. So, when I told him about this, I said, “JR, hear me out, this is what I want to do.” I wanted JR to listen to my whole point of view before deciding whether he liked my ideas or not.

I anticipated that JR might not like the changes because he’s already got a big job. He has to produce two versions of the audio—fast and slow—plus the video, upload everything, manage the translations, and he has to do it 52 weeks a year. We don’t take any weeks off here at Plain English. So, if we add steps to the workflow, it could really affect JR’s routine or even his whole week.

But JR heard me out and we both agreed on the steps. We compromised. I changed my original idea and he agreed to add some steps to his workflow.

Sometimes you might want to hear someone out, even if you have no intention of doing what they say. It can be polite and respectful to hear someone out. Just let the other person explain their ideas, give them the satisfaction of saying their piece. Hear the person out.

If you express a controversial opinion, you might preface it with, “hear me out.” I think they should change a big rule in ice hockey. Hear me out. A penalty in ice hockey results in a power play, which is two minutes where one side plays with more players than the other side. If the end of a period comes during those two minutes, it can interrupt the momentum of the team with more players. I think they should change the rule and let the team take their power play in two consecutive minutes, so their momentum isn’t interrupted.

Just now, I told you I had a proposed rule change for professional ice hockey. Who am I to propose rule changes? Rule changes don’t come from fans. But hear me out, I said, it’s a good idea. At least listen to the idea. I was about to express a controversial opinion, and I said “hear me out” at the beginning. I was asking you to listen and keep an open mind during my explanation. Feel free to disagree later, but at least hear me out.

JR’s song of the week

Today’s song of the week is “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters. JR was at the Art Institute of Chicago and saw an art exhibition by Bisa Butler. The exhibit showed vibrantly colored fabrics depicting black life, whether ordinary or extraordinary. And each portrait came with a song to accompany it. If you put all the songs together, you get a nice playlist. The Muddy Waters song “Mannish Boy” was on that list, so JR selected it this week.

See you next time!

And that’s all for this Plain English, lesson number 401 on this Thursday, September 23, 2021. We’ll be back on Monday with a new lesson. I don’t know what we’ll talk about on Monday, but on Thursday, we’ll be ready wish a happy fiftieth birthday to one of the most famous travel destinations in the world. And I bet a lot of you have been there. That’s coming up next Thursday. So, you have a week to guess what it is. Have a great weekend; we’ll see you back here on Monday.

¿Hablas español?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into Spanish. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

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你说中国话?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

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Parlez-vous français?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

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Você fala português?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

How is this different than simply using a translation engine?

Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visitPlainEnglish.com/sampleto see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

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日本語は話せますか?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visitPlainEnglish.com/sampleto see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

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Parli italiano?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

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Can I see a sample?

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Sen Türkçe konuşmayı biliyor musun?

The transcripts of Plain English lessons are available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation. Turkish translations are available starting at Lesson 278.

How is this different than simply using a translation engine?

Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visitPlainEnglish.com/sampleto see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

How can I access the translations?

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Mówisz po polsku?

The transcript of Plain English lessons are available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation. Polish translations are available starting at Lesson 278.

How is this different than simply using a translation engine?

Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visitPlainEnglish.com/sampleto see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

How can I access the translations?

Translations are included in two memberships:Plain English Plus+andStarter. Choose a plan and get started today!

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