10 Ways of Looking in English

Here you’re going to learn 10 ways of looking in English. To notice, to catch someone’s eye, to gawk and more. Advanced English words and expressions will help you improve your level of English.

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Ways of looking in English

Ways of looking in english

Hi, there this is Harry and welcome back to my English learning podcast Speak Better English.

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We look at idiomatic expressions, phrasal verbs, advanced vocabulary words, all aspects of grammar and pronunciation.

So what are we going to look at? The clue is in the word ‘look’. So we’re going to learn different ways of looking in English.

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Let’s start:

to glance

Meaning:  to look at something quickly


👱‍♂️ Did you get a chance to look at those documents that I left on your desk?

👩‍🦰 Ah, I glanced at them quickly but I didn’t see anything that was of interest.

Just glance at the menu. Pick something that you want and let’s order.

to notice

Meaning:  to detect; to become aware of something


I was walking down the street and noticed that there was a car parked outside my house.

I noticed that my wife was texting someone.

to observe

Meaning:  to look at something a little bit more intently; to notice a lot of details


Please observe the rules of the road.

The police observed one of the suspects leaving a house on Green Road.


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10 ways of looking in english

to peer (at something)

Meaning: to squint your eyes together and look at something with concentration


The kids were peering through the gap in the hedge, curious to see what we were doing.

to recognise

Meaning: to identify someone or something because you have seen it before


I think I recognise this car. It looks like Mike’s car.

I recognise the signs, somebody has had an argument with somebody.

to stare

Meaning: to look intently at something or someone, usually without your eyes blinking at all


👱‍♂️ What are you staring at?

👩🏽‍🦱 Ah, that guy over there, he just put that packet into his pocket and he hasn’t paid for it. 

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10 ways of looking in english

to gawk

Meaning:  (very informal, slang) to stare at something in a rude way


She hated the way they were gawking at her.

to examine

Meaning:  to look at something in a lot of detail; to check something; to go through things in a lot of detail


Please examine the documents carefully before you sign them.

Please examine your change before you leave the shop.

to catch someone’s eye

Meaning:  to attract someone’s attention


It just caught my eye when I was in the shop. I thought it would look nice on the table there.

to catch a glimpse of

Meaning:  to get a quick look at something or somebody; to see something for a very short time


Oh, I didn’t see anything, I only caught a glimpse of them as they were passing by.

I was busy so I just caught a quick glimpse of them when they were leaving the office.

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So let me give you those again. The ways of looking in English:

  • to glance
  • to notice
  • to observe
  • to peer
  • to recognise
  • to stare
  • to gawk
  • to examine
  • to catch someone’s eye
  • to catch a glimpse of

So these are all ways of looking. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed that and if you wish to contact me, you can do so at www.englishlessonviaskype.com Always happy to hear from you. If you have any questions, I’m really really happy to answer them. Thanks for listening to me and join me again soon.

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