Tuesday, 14 February 2012

What Are You Watching?


SCENARIO
Imagine you are watching something when a relative, a friend or a colleague stops by. You might be looking out of your window, watching a crowd, observing the scenery or looking at anything else for that matter. The other person is curious and wants to know what is catching your attention, so he/ she might say to you: "what are you watching/ what can you see?"


In Spanish, the other person could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Qué ves?*

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Que ve (usted)?*


*NB In Spanish, it is quite common to use this form of the question ("what do you see?"), even though what is really meant (in English) is: "what are you watching/ what can you see?".


OUR TIP
The first thing to note is that you DO NOT need to be concerned about the level of formality in the other person's question. Your main concern should be about communicating what you are watching/ what you can see. Perhaps you want to say that:
  • You can see an object.
  • You are watching TV.
  • You are watching a film or something similar.
  • You observe something/ something happening.
  • You are watching/ you can see what someone does.
  • You observe something about the other person.

Here are some examples of how you would say what you are watching/ looking at:
  • Veo una tele (I can see a TV).
  • Veo la tele  (I am watching TV).
  • Estoy viendo la tele (I am watching TV).
  • Veo una película de horror  (I am watching a horror movie).
  • Estoy viendo una película de horror  (I am watching a horror movie).
  • Veo nieve en las montañas  (I see snow on the mountains).
  • Estoy viendo como nieva (I am watching the snow fall).
  • Veo lo que hace Pedro (I can see/ I am watching what Pedro is doing).
  • Estoy viendo lo que hace Pedro (I am watching what Pedro is doing).
  • Veo que estás cansado (I can see you are tired).


    Now you should practice answering the question:
    ¿Qué ves?



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