English Tutor Nick P Lesson (32) What is the Differecne Between Spectator & Audience


Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is lesson 32.
Today we’re going to look at the difference between spectator and audience. All right,
so first let’s look at the definition. If we say spectator. Someone who watches an
activity or event especially a sports event. We definitely use spectator for sports
events. We don’t use audience. Nobody ever talks about the audience at the basketball game. We say the spectators. Yeah so
definitely for sports. Spectator is used the most with sports whether indoors or
outdoors. So it could be you know baseball where it’s a stadium or soccer
where it’s a stadium or it could be indoors in an arena or basketball or
boxing or wrestling or hockey or anything of that sort. We usually use
spectators. Okay, let’s take a look at the first example. The spectators cheered as
their football team scored another touchdown. They all go’ yeah ‘ They cheer. Yeah number two. The spectators
in the stands. All right the stands, you know that’s the area where the spectators sit.
We hear that a lot in baseball, you know if in baseball you know, the catcher or the
first baseman or the third baseman, there’s a foul ball, it’s close. we often
hear you know, we open hear, the catcher reached into the stands to catch the
ball. So we say it that way. So we refer to the seating area as the stands. So
getting back to the example. The spectators in the stands did a wave
across the stadium. Yeah I don’t know if you’re familiar with this, but I especially
see it in baseball. But it could be really in any sports especially in stadiums,
where large groups of people might just start this. Maybe, all the people in one
particular area. They may all stand up together and they raise their arms up
and they raise them down. And then sit down and it goes around the whole
stadium. That’s called a wave. Yeah so again. The spectators in the stands did a
wave across the stadium. We definitely use spectator here. When spectator is
used for other events, besides sports, they tend to be outdoor events. Yeah, it’s
used most for sports, but it can be used for a few other events . And mostly when
it needs to use for other events it’s usually outside. it’s outdoors. So I gave
a few examples of this. The spectators oohed and aahed as they watched the fireworks.
display. I remember you know like they ooh , aah , wow ! You know, they do that. So you say the spectators oohed and aahed. The
second example here. Many spectators came to watch the launch of the latest space
flight. these are all good examples of outdoor events where we might use the
word, or the term spectator. Okay now, good. All right now audience, audience , audience is
especially indoors. Audience is more often used for indoor events , especially
in a theater, concert hall, arena, auditorium, etc. We use it for
performances such as films, plays, concerts, speeches. Yeah so especially
when you’re trying to be entertained. There are performers we tend to use audience more for that . You know the sports players, I don’t know if we really say they’re
they’re, they are entertaining us, but not exactly performing. So we kind of use it in this way.
Okay, it is also important to note audience is a collective noun, so all the
people in a theater, cinema etc are all part of the same audience. Yeah where
spectator is very very countable and we say
any amount of spectators. Three spectators, ten spectators
50,000 spectators are oh well, usually just say this all the people in one area
watching a performance is just the same audience. Okay. All right. Well let me
use an example that kind of covers that collective idea.
One of the ways that we might try to refer to individual members of an
audience , yet we say members. We say members of the audience, individual
people in an audience are referred to as members. So we could say three members of
the audience fell asleep. That’s the audience cheered for an encore when the
singer finished his last song. Yeah. If you have ever gone to concert, a lot of times you
see it sometimes people hold up like a a lighter or they hold up a candle with a
light on it. Or sometimes I’ve even heard people actually yell encore, encore
you know, and then you know the performer will run out and you know like give the
audience an extra song , one song or two songs.. It’s become such a tradition that I think you know some
performance might be disappointed if the audience did not, you know,
cheer for an encore. To not yell encore or did not do anything for an encore. So again. Definitely we
use audience in that situation. The audience booed that performer off the stage.
Yeah you know this is just the opposite way to express disapproval. to boo, boo someone. This would also probably be most
likely in a theater as well. Okay good, and I guess one of the main note here. I want you to also note audience can be used in
the general sense to refer to all the people who watch TV. So this this would
be quite large. This could be like millions of people you are talking about. A particular program, a particular TV program
like that the old TV “Friends” could just refer to their audience or the
people that watch their show every week is their audience or listen to a radio
program. Yeah if you if you have a radio program you’re on the radio, people who
tune in all the time are your audience or part of your audience. Good as well as fans of a writer, a writer could think
about you know all his loyal fans that you know buy most of his books is part
of its audience. A lecturer yeah, if you’re famous enough lecturer you’re
going around. People might like to follow you and listen to your speeches. You
could have an audience in that sense or or some other sort of entertainer. We can
use audience for. Okay so again just you know very quickly to review. Spectator
is especially used for sports. If it’s used for other events, they tend
to be outdoors. Yes audience mostly indoors. You know there could be another
exception that maybe like at a university maybe they are giving a speech at the
end of the year. That that’s most likely outdoors. We’d probably say that is
audience as well. But again most the time audience is in some place. in a theater, in a cinema, in a concert hall, places like that.
Okay well I hope that clarifies it. Thank you for your time. Bye-bye

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