2010年09月

英会話ワンポイントレッスン19. トーク・アベニュー新宿 Vocabulary "Vision" words

Contributed by Daniel Evans

 

ONE POINT LESSON: VOCABULARY

"Vision" words

 

Many non-native English speakers make mistakes when using " vision" words.  Sometimes we can use more than one word in a certain situation,  but often we need to use only one specific word...this is where mistakes can happen.

 

The most common "vision " words are:

 

see: to be aware of visually, to gain knowledge through the eyes.

(This is the easiest word to use, it has a wide meaning and is rarely incorrect)

 

look at: to focus on, to direct the eyes towards one point.

(This is used when we make a special effort to see a specific thing/area)

 

watch: to observe, to look at the actions of someone/thing.

(We usually use this word for when we try to see specific actions.  It is also the best phrase to use for visual entertainment.)

 

Below are some examples of how we commonly use these words.

 

  • I would like to see the Grand Canyon one day.
  • You can sometimes see Mount Fuji from here.
  • I've lost my dog. Have you seen him?

 

  • Do you mind if I look at your sketchbook?
  • Look at that woman, she's beautiful!
  • Sometimes, I like to look at photographs from my school days.

 

  • Let's watch a movie.
  • I watch TV for about two hours each day.
  • When I go to the park, I like to watch the ducks swim.

 

So we cannot, for example, "look at a movie" or "wacth Mount Fuji", but "see" is okay for both.

                                                                                                                                     

 "See"  also has a few other meanings which are not about vision.  For example;

 

I see = I understand

I'm going to see my friends tonight = I'm going to meet my friends tonight

                                                                                                                                      

So remember, be careful when using "vision" words.

 

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英会話ワンポイントレッスン18. トーク・アベニュー新宿 "Turn On" and "Leave On"

Contributed by Joseph Smith

 

ONE POINT LESSON: "Turn On", "Turn Off", "Leave On"

In English, "Turn On" is a phrasal verb used to indicate pressing a button, turning a switch, etc. in order to make something change from "off" to "on". 

 

For example:

  • Tom turned on the lights when he entered the room.
  • You must press the red button to turn on the television.
  • If you turn on the water, do not forget to turn it off.

We generally use "turn on", and it's opposite, "turn off", when talking about objects which use electricity, gas, water, etc.  Therefore, a car can be turned on, as well as a radio, a hair dryer, and a heater.

 

"Leave On" is a phrasal verb which gives the information that after you turned something on, you left the area without turning it off.  For example, if you leave your apartment and forget to turn off the television, we would say you left the television on.  Or if you leave your house but do not turn off the air conditioner, you could say you left the air conditioning on all day.

Here are some more examples:

  • Julie is worried because she left the oven on when she went to work.
  • If you want to save money, don't leave the lights on when you are away.
  • Dawn leaves the television on when she's at work for her dog to watch.

"Leave On", "Turn On", and "Turn Off" are all equally useful for you to use in your daily life.  If you can understand the differences in how to use them, you can significantly improve your English ability.

 

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