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I don't know how to express myself when I want to say that I don't use my earphone when I listen to the music from my computer.

For example,

Please do not _____, use earphone/headphone instead.

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  • Can you provide an example sentence or dialogue so that we can give you an accurate answer? Also, what is wrong with "I don't use my earphone[s] when I listen to the music from my computer"? – Em. Apr 12 '17 at 19:06
  • I just wonder if there is a shorter way in oral English for that... – No One Apr 12 '17 at 19:09
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    The speaker... You use the speakers. Also, I don't think "earphone" is common... I hear "earbuds" for the little in-ear headphones. – Catija Apr 12 '17 at 19:18
  • ...Please do not listen to your computer's built-in speakers, use earphones instead. – JavaLatte Apr 12 '17 at 19:23
  • @Catija, earphones is number two after headphones. earbuds is way way down. In words... books.google.com/ngrams/… In pictures... google.com.eg/… – JavaLatte Apr 12 '17 at 19:24
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You don't listen to music "with/from/using your computer speakers". Instead you use headphones.

Note that there is some overlap in the meaning of "headphones" and "earphones" which may vary from person to person. Technically these are "headphones", and these are called "earbuds" -- but I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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You use the speakers.

When I'm at home, I listen to music on my computer's speakers. When I'm at work, they've asked me to use my headphones instead so that I don't bother the people around me.

I don't know that "earphone" is a widely-used phrase. Generally people call them "earbuds" if they're in-ear headphones like these.

Image of wired black earbuds

But people will regularly still call these "headphones".

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    I am aware of the term earbud, but to me it sounds very.....Appley for want of a better term. It might be generational, but I would definitely call those earphones, with the type which cover the ears being headphones. – Joseph Rogers Apr 12 '17 at 22:08

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