AEE 1244: Looky Here! New Ways to Add Spunk and Sass to Your English

Hey Lindsay how are you?

I recently hear someone say “looky here” when trying to explain something or draw attention to it. Have you heard this phrase? Do you use it? To me it’s such a fun sounding little phrase that I thought our listeners would love to hear more about it and some other similar ones.

What does looky here mean? It can be used in a couple ways, but to me it’s about drawing attention to something in more of a sarcastic way.

I may use it like this:

Looky here–I didn’t think you’d show up.

Now looky here– you’re finally cleaning the apartment.

Looky here–you’re doing an amazing job even though it took you a long time.

This reminds me of the episode we did about “look at you!”

Link: https://www.allearsenglish.com/show-someone-youre-impressed-in-english/ 

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What is important about this? It has spunk and attitude, so you NEED the appropriate intonation and expressiveness. How would you say it Lindsay?

This phrase can show you are extra surprised–MAYBE in a way that showed you didn’t think something would happen or you are happy your point has been proven.

Let’s do a few more examples:

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L: Michelle– I’m telling you–there are no Thai restaurants on this street

M: Wait

L: Oh wow

M: Looky here–three Thai restaurants on one block!

L: Ok fine, you were right!

M: Lindsay I told you. I don’t have any more gum. (Lindsay sees a whole thing of gum in Michelle’s hand.

L: Looky here–I thought you didn’t have gum!

M: Ah, oops. SOrry Lindsay–I was just trying to save it.

-this can sound humorous but also can give you a bit of an attitude

What other similar expressions can we use?

-What do we have here/what have we here

L: Ugh there are no cheap computers at this store. Ooo what do we have here?

M: Nice–that’s a great deal. Get it!

M: I don’t want to go to that party anymore.

L: What have we here…miss party girl is finally tired. Thank goodness.

-Well well well

L: There’s never any time to exercise.

M: Well well well–I see you have tons of free time on Tuesdays–you totally can do it you just don’t want to.

M: I lost that white shirt.

L: No you didn’t. I just saw it.

M: No way. That’s another one.

L: I’ll show you…(comes back with shirt) well well well–look who was right!

You can actually add “well well well” to either looky here or the other one -or you can just do one well  – “Well looky here!”

-these phrases show a certain spunk and are also fun. Be careful how you use them as they can sound a bit sarcastic- they can be used in different ways with different intonations–maybe we will do a followup, but today we are focusing ont hese ways.

Roleplay:

Michelle and Lindsay are trying to find a friend’s house but they are lost

M: I’m telling you it’s on the right.

L: No it’s not! 

GPS: Your destination will be on the right

M: Well well well. I guess I was right. 

L: Fine but there is no basketball hoop at her house. This must be the wrong address.

(friend comes out of the house)

M: What have we here. Hi Rachel!

L: Gosh what is with me today? Where’s the gift?

M: RIght there.

L: No it’s not.

M: Oh no!

L: Well looky here. Miss organized forgot it!

Takeaway: These are good phrases that will draw attention to something. Intonation is huge.They can make your language more spunky. THink- when could you have added them to a recent conversation?

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