宮崎-ハロー-英会話-の-ミニレッスン 22:I went to a park and watched the flowers
I have a student who is a teacher at a Junior High school in Miyazaki and she told me that in a textbook she teaches from was this sentence:
“I went to the park and watched some flowers.”
This is a little strange. In English, we say “See”, “Look” and “Watch” but in Japanese it’s all the same word, 見る.
So what is the difference?
“see” means something comes into our vision, or line of sight, without paying attention, or concentrating on it.
e.g. ” I can see your house from my apartment”. ” I saw something strange yesterday.”
“look” means we pay attention to, or concentrate on something.
e.g. “What is she looking at?” “I looked at the photo.”
“watch” is used when something moves, changes or develops.
e.g. ” He watched TV.” “I watched the rugby game.”
So we say ” I looked at the photo and watched the video.”
And because flowers don’t move, “I went to a park and watched the flowers” is a little strange. I think “I went to a park and saw the flowers” sounds more natural.