Is there anything wrong with turning on the TV?
TV may have benefits, but are they worth the costs?
[Steve & Hazel]
[Chip & Chelsea]
Sarah and Josh recently got married. They are discussing the amount of time they should spend watching TV.
Josh: Let’s turn on the TV and see what’s on.
Sarah: Josh, you know I dislike channel-surfing to find something to watch. It steals our time. We’ll end up sitting in front of the TV all evening and not doing anything constructive.
J: TV is a good, inexpensive way to be entertained. If we went to a movie or concert, we’d have to pay at least $10 a ticket. Our cable TV (receive multiple TVs form a cable) bill (…charge) is only $60 per month.
S: You’re not addicted to TV, are you?
J: Of course not. I can turn off the (TV) set anytime. But if watching it doesn’t keep you from doing something important, it’s OK.
S: We can discard (throw away) the TV as far as I’m concerned. It’s such a waste of time! Did you know the average American watches four hours of TV every day? Over a lifetime, that’s nine years!
J: But I don’t watch that much a day. I mostly watch sports events. I get the best seat in the house! It’s a much better view than if I were actually at the event.
S: That’s true. But you’re talking about turning it on for no particular reason.
[Traditional Chinese Translation]
[Ashley & Ken]
A: Hey, Ken. I’m doing a survey for the library’s website today. And the question is 「How often do you watch TV per week?」
K: Hmm, not a whole lot. Let’s see, I watched the news and some TV series like Lost. Have you ever seen that?
A: No. What time does it air?
K: Air? Did you just use air as a verb?
A: Yes, I said 「What time does it air?」 That means 「What time is the show on?」 Another word for this is broadcast. TV and radio programs are broadcast all over the world.
K: Uh, you mean 「They are broadcasted all over the world」?
A: You can say that, but most people simply use broadcast for the past participle of broadcast.
K: Oh, I see. Well, I’ve heard people on the radio say 「We are on the air.」 Is that the same thing?
A: Yes, you may shorten it to say 「on air」. 「On air」 means that the program is still being broadcast, while, 「off air」 means the show has ended. If the show is taken off the air that means it is no longer on TV.
K: You know, Studio Classroom has been on the air for a long time. I wish we could talk to Doris right now.
A: It looks like she is on the air right now. Let’s contact her.
K: Oh, okay.
D: Hi, friends. I’m glad you caught me on the air. One more word you may add to your TV vocabulary is 「televise」. To televise means to broadcast something on television. Studio Classroom is being televised right now. We are on the air. So don’t change the channel. Keep watching.
K: I see. You know, Ashley, it’s getting late and it’s time for my favorite TV show.
A: Well, I wouldn’t want you to miss it. I better let you go. (chuckles)
K: Okay. Thanks.
今天的課文中Josh說let’s turn on the TV and see what’s on.講的完整一點可以說let’s see what’s on the air. air除了表示空氣，也可以指廣播或者電視。air當動詞就是播送節目的意思，on the air是正在播出，off the air就是停止播出，broadcast也是廣播、播送，要注意這個字的過去分詞一般都用它的原形broadcast，後面不要加ed。另外televise應該看得出它是來自於television（電視），因此televise就是在電視上播映。
We can discard the TV as far as I’m concerned.
as far as I’m concerned in my opinion
In my opinion, we can discard the TV.
As far as she is concerned, her employee happiness is a priority.
As far as he’s concerned, we can all do more to help protect the environment.
As far as they’re concerned, I should always be practicing my English.
constructive (adj) 建設性的,有助益的
During the discussion, please restrict yourselves to constructive ideas only.
Samuel plays a crucial and constructive role on the team.
addicted (adj) 沉迷的,上癮的 (to)
Nathan is addicted to computer games.
He finally admitted that he was addicted to alcohol and needed help.
discard (v) 丟棄,拋棄
Discarding any unnecessary packing can decrease the weight of your luggage.
Discard the seeds of the green peppers before you cook the peppers.
chuckle [ˈtʃʌkl] DJ [ˈtʃʌkḷ] KK
Variant: chuckled; chuckled; chuckling
They were chuckling over the photographs. 他們看著照片,咯咯地笑了起來。
constructive (adj) 建設性的
cable TV 有線電視
addicted (adj) 上癮的
set (n) 電視機
discard (v) 丟棄
channel-surfing, nothing constructive, addicted, broadcast, do a survey, not a whole lot, air, past participle, televise, chuckle, priority, admitted, crucial, green pepper