ESL Television Vocabulary

English Words for TV Viewing

Wide Screen
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A relatively new type of TV that has a large screen.

“Let’s go to John’s to see the game. He has a new wide screen TV.”

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Flat Screen TV
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This is a new style of TV that is very skinny and doesn’t take up a lot of space. Some people hang these on their walls.

“I don’t have a lot of space in my living room. I’ll need to get a flat screen TV to put up on the wall.”

Clicker
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Another word for the remote control that changes the channels on your TV.

“I can’t find the clicker. Is it under the couch?”

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Premium Stations
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Television stations that one needs to pay for like HBO or Showtime. These stations usually show movies.

“It will cost you about $15 to get two premium stations a month.”

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Sitcom (Situation Comedy)
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A half an hour show that usually shows the lives of a family. Most of the time these are comedies.

“Cheers and The Cosby Show are examples of sitcoms that did really well.”

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Prime Time
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This is the time on TV, from about 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, that the most amount of people are watching television. This is when television stations put on their best shows.

The best shows are always on at prime time.”

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Rerun
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This is when a television network puts on a show that has already been shown months before.

“I hate when they show reruns. I don’t want to watch the same show again!”

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Ratings
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A measurement done to see how many people are watching a particular television show.

“They canceled my favorite show because the ratings were low. I guess nobody liked the show as much as me.”

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Family Friendly
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Shows that are OK for children to watch. These shows don’t show sex or violence

“Now that I have two kids that are old enough to turn on the TV, I have to find out which stations are family friendly.”

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Newscast
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The hour or half hour when a station runs the news

“My dad is always on his favorite chair at 6:00 PM to see the newscast.”

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Local News
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Most cities and towns have a news program that focuses on things that happen in that particular area. This is called the local news.

“My sister’s school was on the local news. They had a fund raiser for a local charity.”

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News Anchor
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A man or woman who reports the news on a particular station.

“My favorite news anchor growing up was Tom Brokaw.”

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Pause for a commercial break
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A commercial break is when the television program is interrupted to show four or five commercials. Newscasters or television hosts will say, “We are going to pause for a commercial break.” to tell the audience that commercials will now be shown.

“When they pause for a commercial break I will take the trash out like my mom asked me to.”

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Infomercial
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A show that does nothing but inform the audience about a specific product. These are shown late at night when there are not a lot of people watching TV.

I saw an infomercial for a new work out video. I was tempted to buy it!”

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Public Service Announcement
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This is shown during the advertisements. Instead of advertising a product, these “announcements” inform the public about a certain issue like a disease or a way to protect the environment.

“I saw a public service announcement about keeping the local lake clean. I guess I can’t dump my garbage in there anymore…”

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Talk Show

A show that has one host who interviews different guests.

“Oprah is the queen of talk shows in the US.”

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