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Lisa's week: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

There’s a whole lot of football going on right now and many of us find ourselves sitting in front of the TV glued to the action. But when my students talk about the European Championship 2016, I often hear these typical mistakes.

“Last night I looked the football play in the TV.” (wrong!)

“Last night I watched the football game on TV.” (right!)

We WATCH action – a film, sport, a game, TV, a documentary, a theatre play or the children playing. It is an active verb used when we look at action over time especially when there is movement or change. The German for the verb “to watch” is zuschauen or etwas sehen.

The verb “to look” means schauen and would be used in a less active way such as, “Look at that player on the ground! That should be a red card!”

By the way, it is a football GAME (noun) and the men PLAY football (verb). Something is ON the TV – the same as on the radio and on the internet.

So, will you be watching the German game on the TV on Saturday? I don’t think you’ll be alone!



What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?