For example, instead of saying 'you have to listen to the person you are talking with', I want to say: 'You have to listen to your ___________'

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    It's ugly, but how about conversational partner?
    – Anonym
    Dec 31 '15 at 20:35

The word is interlocutor. "You have to hear/listen to your interlocutor."

But it can refer to anyone taking part in a conversation.

  • Is it also correct if the conversation is in written form? Dec 31 '15 at 20:29
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    That would be correspondent Dec 31 '15 at 20:40

"collocutor," meaning "The person with/to whom one is speaking."

collocutor noun col·loc·u·tor \kəˈläkyətə(r), kōˈ- ˈkäləˌkyütə(r)\ Definition of collocutor

: a person to or with whom one speaks

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