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  • Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Lesson 311.

  • Today the lesson is the difference between wow and whoa.

  • Okay . The first thing to look at which always surprised me is that sometimes students of ESL have

  • difficulty with pronunciation.

  • A lot of times.... and the biggest problem is usually with wow, they often pronounce

  • like whoa.

  • So students will be reading and WHOA will be there and they will read it as wow.

  • And I tell them No.

  • No.

  • No.

  • Wow is WOW, So remember wow has that sort of an Ow sound at he end.

  • (like in ouch) Like you hurt yourself.

  • And whoa has more of an oh sound like in Oh boy !. So the first thing to really note is

  • to make sure you clearly know the difference in pronunciation, WOW is wow and WHOA is whoa.

  • Okay.

  • Let's go on.

  • The interjection wow is used to show that someone is very surprised , impressed, or

  • extremely pleased about something.

  • All right.

  • Here it is as an interjection.

  • Remember an interjection that is like when you just suddenly say something or you say something that interrupts

  • someone's speech.

  • That's an interjection,. so that's where is is some similarity between whoa and wow. actually,

  • whoa has a lot of meanings that is very different from wow.

  • But there is one meaning that is similar and is sometimes when they both mean surprise.

  • But you can kind of look and see where there is some difference.

  • So again, let's get back to the note here.

  • The interjection wow is used to show someone is very surprised, impressed, or extremely

  • pleased about something.

  • Extremely happy about something.

  • So you can see right away that wow again tends to be a little bit more positive.

  • If we use wow as a verb. This is another important difference

  • Wow can be a verb.

  • Whoa is not a verb.

  • So if it is a verb , it is always wow.

  • If we use wow as a verb, it means to greatly impress.

  • And fill with enthusiasm and admiration.

  • Like you could say her performance wowed me.

  • You could say that.

  • Okay . Let's continue.

  • The original meaning of whoa is a command to a horse to stop or slow down.

  • So that is where it comes from.

  • Obviously if it is used in that way it is always whoa.

  • You can imagine from some cowboy movies.

  • A cowboy is holding is holding the reins.

  • Whoa,.

  • Whoa . Whoa . Tying to tell the horse to either slow down or come to a complete stop.

  • So that is also important because that is kind of translates over to one of the uses

  • that we use whoa as an interjection too.

  • So let's continue here.

  • One of the main uses of whoa is to tell people to do something more slowly or stop.

  • We often tell people to speak more slowly.

  • Like if somebody was speaking very quickly.

  • Too quickly, you couldn't understand them.

  • Maybe they were very excited or nervous.

  • and you we saying whoa, whoa slow down.

  • Speak slower so I can understand you clearly.

  • You could say that.

  • Let's continue here.

  • Whoa can also be used to express surprise.

  • , interest , alarm , especially followed by a strong reaction.

  • Surprise is the one we are going to get to.

  • Where that could be some crossover.

  • This is why I think students get confused is because there is a little similarity.

  • sometimes when they mean surprise.

  • Alarm is probably more just with whoa, especially when some thing is threatening or scary, you

  • are probably a little more likely to use whoa.

  • Whoa tends to be a little more negative.especially followed by a strong reaction.

  • Yeah like if some one was possibly threatening you.

  • You say whoa ,whoa back off.

  • Whoa what are you doing ? We wouldn't say wow what are you doing ? In a way like you

  • are going to attack a person.

  • Or a person is aggressive or threating you.

  • You wouldn't say wow like how nice of you.

  • No we would say Whoa, whoa.

  • Sometimes we might often used it to back off a little bit too.

  • Which is basically similar to the idea of stop.

  • Let's continue.

  • Although this is not a hard-and=fast rule.

  • That means that it is not a hundred percent.

  • Many people often feel wow is more often used in positive situations that is what I mentioned

  • already.

  • and whoa is in negatives ones.

  • Now you can find some examples where you can say that is not one hundred percent true.

  • Yeah, but in general probably 70 or 80 % of the time it is kind of true.

  • Let's give some examples here.

  • You know, especially if you are excited about something.

  • You can say Wow ! you did it, We probably wouldn't say whoa you did it.

  • Unless it was a bad thing maybe.

  • Okay number two.

  • Wow ! This is delicious.

  • We probably wouldn't say whoa this is delicious.

  • We are a little more likely t say wow in this sort of situation.

  • Wow!

  • You bought me a present..

  • Yeah you are much more likely to say wow than whoa you bought me a present.

  • It sounds a little awkward.

  • No . Whoa you bought me a present like...No.

  • We wouldn't do it that way.

  • Here are some situations in whoa is probably more common.

  • Whoa ! Speak slower.

  • I cannot understand what you said.

  • Or number two here.

  • Whoa !. Don't climb on that . You might hurt yourself.

  • Yeah . That is one way we wouldn't say wow.

  • If you are warning someone.

  • Like Whoa that's dangerous.

  • You wouldn't say . Wow.

  • Don't climb on that.

  • Wow sounds like you are impressed.

  • They can accomplish that.

  • That t hey have good skill climbing up there.

  • No.

  • Here you are telling them there is some danger. You know, so it expresses some alarm.

  • Whoa ! I cannot believe you insulted her like that.

  • Yes we are much more likely to say Whoa in this situation.

  • Whoa don't raise your voice to me, especially if someone was being aggressive.

  • to you.

  • They started talking to you in kind of a threatening way.

  • You say whoa , whoa.

  • This is another one that means to slow down or stop.

  • Back off.

  • But here is some crossover.

  • Here is a few examples of crossover.

  • Maybe either one could be used.

  • So there are some examples where it might be okay.

  • You could either say wow or whoa that's impressive.

  • Yeah.

  • You could.

  • Wow or whoa look at the size of that mountain.

  • You could say wow that it is kind of exciting.

  • or you could say whoa like wow you didn't expect that .Whoa.

  • It is so large..

  • Yeah.

  • . especially with size we might sometimes use wow or whoa.

  • Either way.

  • I hope you got a little bit of a better feel when to use them and when not to use them.

  • What to look out for.

  • Be careful about the pronunciation.

  • Okay anyway.

  • I hope you got it, I hope it is clear, Thank you for your time.

  • Bye-bye.

Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Lesson 311.

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