Aww yeah, RealLifers, what’s going on?

This is Ethan, with another video for you. So, today I’m going to talk to you about something I have noticed a lot of my students confuse. These three phrases sound similar, but have quite different meanings.

Take Care, Be Careful & Watch Out

So watch this video and read the transcript for full understanding, and hopefully you’ll never mix up these phrases again, aww yeah!

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Take Care

Alright guys, so, let’s start out with take care. People a lot of times confuse especially take care and be careful.

So, take care, usually, you just use to say goodbye to someone. It means take care of yourself.

So, you know, I hope that you’re leaving now but that you’ll take care of yourself.

So, you can use this actually saying it to people, you can use it in emails, it’s a very friendly way to say goodbye to someone. Take care, or take care of yourself.

be carefulBe Careful

But this is very different from be careful.

So, be careful is a warning. So, for example, if someone is going to hike a very tall mountain, like here in Cataluña, for example, we have Pedraforca.

If someone is going to go hike Pedraforca, you might say to them “Be careful, it’s a dangerous hike.”

Watch Out

And then we have watch out, which is very similar to be careful, you’re warning someone, but it’s much more in the instant.

watch outSo, say that you’re with a friend, walking down the street, and you come to a crosswalk, and your friend is about to step into the street and there’s a car coming. You say “Watch out! Don’t step into the street.”

So, that’s how you use that. It’s much more in the instant, whereas be careful is maybe a warning about someone doing something, or going to do something in the near future, or warning someone about a situation in general.


So, just remember that, watch out is for an immediate warning, and be careful is more general. Take care is a way to say goodbye.


Alright guys, so I hope you won’t confuse these anymore, be sure to put them to use, and pay attention to them in your favorite TV shows, movies and podcasts.

Alright guys, have a good one. Later!

  • Neusa Weiss says:

    I'm surel I'll never

  • Neusa Weiss says:

    I'm I'll never

  • Cool! thank you and take care of yourself!

  • I’ll never confuse these again

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Haha thanks a lot Alcione!

  • Mach says:

    So good~Thank you, Ethan

  • Mariluz says:

    Thaks for your help. Take care is in spanish “Cuidate”, be careful is “Ten cuidado” and watch out is ¡Cuidado!. Do you know others languages?. You speak german, poland, portuguese and spanish?. You lived in this countris. Gracias por tu explicación, está muy bien y la he entendido a la perfección. Solo espero que habiendo vivido en tantos países, hayas aprovechado para conocer su lengua y su cultura. Seguro que sabes que tu lengua tiene muchas palabras latinas porque Inglaterra fue invadida por los romanos y siglos despues por normandos. En USA también se habla español.
    Un saludo

    • Ethan says:

      Hey Mariluz, I’m so happy that this helped you! I speak English, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and some French and German :). Not Polish, although I’d like to learn it.

  • Mariluz says:

    Thanks for answering. You are very nice. It’s very interestig this blog too, You know it? She teaches English and is bilingual.

    One question: You learned Spanish in Spain or USA? ¿has aprendido español en USA o aquí en España?. Los idiomas latinos se parecen, y una vez que dominas uno, es mas fácil aprender otros. A mí me resulta fácil entender el portugués porque yo hablo gallego, que es una lengua que tiene el mismo origen.

    Sigue con tu labor y disfruta de tu estancia en España.

    • Ethan says:

      Yes, I know that blog. I’ve talked to her before, but I didn’t find her very open-minded, which is surprising for an English teacher. However, I know she has some useful materials. If you’re looking for English teaching blogs in Spanish, I’d recommend Aprende Inglés Sila. Silvia speaks excellent English and I think she has the best English blog in Spain for sure. I’ve met her several times in person, and she is amazing.

      I learned Spanish in both–I took classes in the University (but of course it doesn’t set you up to speak), and learned much, much more living in Spain. I also understand Gallego very well since I lived in Brazil :). I lived a short time in Ourense.

  • Mariluz says:

    Hello Ethan. You are right. Aprende inglés Sila is a good blog.

    I have a friend who is a school teacher. He agrees. His exact words were “I like it. I’ll share …” and he shared on his facebook. Thanks for the recommendation. Ella parece una persona agradable, sencilla y educada. De momento, los contenidos que he visto hasta ahora son muy amenos, explicados con naturalidad y simpatía. Uno de sus consejos es ver películas en inglés, algo que yo hago desde hace tiempo. Me encanta ver series en inglés subtituladas en español como por ejemplo, “person of interest”. I like Harold Finch.

    Thanks for answering. You are very very nice.


    • Ethan says:

      Hey, I recommend TV series over movies usually just because they’re convenient and it’s easy to make a habit of watching them everyday. We have a new guide coming soon to help you learn with Friends if you’re interested you can sign up for updates here:

      Any other questions, just let me know 🙂

  • Zin says:

    thank u ,very useful for me