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Aug 24 2016

English Lessons Houston – Make and Do

English Lessons Houston- Do and Make

Hello Students!

In today’s lesson, we will learn about when to use “do” and when to use “make”.  Make and Do can be very confusing for students learning English.  In this lesson, we will go over the rules about Make and Do and when to use each one.

Make is for creating or building something new.

Make a date or appointment or date

John and I made a date to have lunch together.

“Make a plan” –   Make a trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We made plans to visit New York City this summer.


“Make noise” –

Turn down the music.  You are making too much noise!

 

 “Make a promise”-

I made a promise to finish the project by Friday at noon.

 

Make the bed” –

It’s a good habit to make the bed every day.

 

Make a phone call” –

Jing made a phone call to her mother in Beijing.

Make a decision” –

I made the decision to buy the Porsche.   Confused about the word By

 

 

 

 

 

Make an improvement” –

You’ve made a big improvement in your work!

Make a meal, food or drink”-

I made lunch for my wife today.  I made Italian food.

 

make food

 

Do is used when talking about a job or task.

Do business”

Last year, we did business with Petrobras.

“Do household tasks like cleaning, dishes, laundry” –

My wife did the dishes last night while I did the laundry.

Do laundry

 

 

 

“Do exercises” –

Nicole did exercises at the gym today for two hours.

 “Do your best”-

My children do their best to make good grades.

 

Do a job” –

Last month, our team did a job for NASA.

 

Do the wrong/right thing” –

My husband told me that I was doing the right thing.

 

Do homework” –

I like to do my homework on the weekends. 

 

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Do for a greeting” –

How are you doing?  I’m doing fine.

 

That’s our lesson on DO vs. MAKE!  I hope you do well this week in your lessons!

If you are in Houston, Texas please call us for private English lessons.  For more information, visit http://www.englishlessons-houston.com or write to julie@englishlessons-houston.com    (713) 993-6511  We also offer SKYPE lessons.

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Mar 27 2016

English Lessons Houston -American Idioms using Similes

American Idioms

Idioms using Similes – Lesson 5

 

Hello Students!

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Americans use lots of idioms, especially in movies and at the office.  The more you use and understand them, the greater your English speaking skills will be.  You will “fit right in”!

Today, we are looking at American idioms that use similes.

What is a simile?  A simile compares two things that are not alike.

They contain the words, “as…….as a/an ……” or  “like”.

Most similes are idioms. They are used to emphasize something.  (very tired, very hungry, very busy, etc.)

Here are some examples of American idioms from similes.

simile 6as hungry as a bear”very hungry

After running three miles in the park, President Obama was as hungry as a bear.

 “eats like a horse” – eats a lot

For lunch, President Obama ate two plates of spaghetti, three pieces of bread and two bowls of ice cream.  He ate like a horse!

 

 


“as sick as a dog” – to be very sick Similes 5

After eating all that food, President Obama was as sick as a dog!

 “as fit as a fiddle”- to be fine, to be healthy

So he took a nap after lunch, and after that, he was as fit as a fiddle.

similes 4as busy as a bee” – very busy

In fact, he worked in the Oval Office until 7:00 p.m.  He was as busy as a bee.

 

 

as cool as a cucumber” – to be very calm, to think and speak calmly

The President made some very important decisions, but he was as cool as a cucumber.

as fresh as a daisy” – very rested, wide awake and alert  simile 7

After a good night’s sleep, the President woke up at 5:00 a.m. as fresh as a daisy.

 

 

as regular as clockwork” – to do something at the same time every day, or to be on the same schedule

He had breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and went to the Oval Office at 8:00 a.m., as regular as clockwork.

Here are a few others:

  • as big as house,
  • as stubborn as a mule
  • as weak as a kitten
  • as high as a kite
  • as free as a bird

 

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That’s our lesson on Idioms from Similes!  I hope you don’t have to work like a dog this week!

If you are in Houston, Texas please call us for private English lessons.  For more information, visit http://www.englishlessons-houston.com or write to julie@englishlessons-houston.com

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Mar 26 2016

English Lessons Houston – Passing the TOEFL Integrated Speaking Tasks

Passing the TOEFL Integrated Speaking Tasks

from Worldwide English in Houston, Texas

 

TOEFL int speakingAre you getting ready to take the TOEFL test?  As you know, there are four parts to the TOEFL test and one of those parts is a speaking test.  In this lesson, I will give you some hints to help you do very well in the Speaking test so that your score on this test will improve.

There are six tasks on the TOEFL Speaking test.

There are four integrated speaking tasks on the TOEFL test: two of the tasks have reading, listening and speaking.   For each task, you have 45 seconds to read, you have 30 seconds to prepare your answer and write notes, and 60 seconds to speak.  There is one speaking task that is about two students talking, or a counselor or professor talking to a student.  The other integrated speaking test is a university lecture.  You may not understand the content of the lecture, but there is enough information so that you will be able to answer the question.

In this lesson, we will look an an integrated speaking task that has reading, listening and speaking.  For these tasks you have 45 seconds to read, 30 seconds to prepare your answer and 60 seconds to speak. TOEFL int speaking 3

Here is an example of the reading, listening and speaking task:

  • The reading is an announcement about a work/study program for students. (45 seconds to read)
  • The listening part is about two students discussing the announcement. (you may take notes)
  • Here is the speaking assignment:

One student wants to be in the work/study program.  What are the requirements necessary and what are the advantages of the program?

Before you start, it’s good to know that:

  • The purpose of the reading is to give you a chance to read the vocabulary used before you listen to a conversation or lecture. It helps you to recognize the vocabulary when you hear it.
  • Usually, you need the information from both the reading and  listening parts in order to answer the question in the speaking part.
  • In this example, you are asked to talk about the requirements and the advantages of the work/study program. You have one minute to do this.

TOEFL int speaking 2Sample answer:

Introduction:

There are requirements and advantages for students in the work/study program.

Requirements

One requirement is that a student must be enrolled full-time in the university.  Also, students must be able to prove that they have a financial need and must fill out paperwork about their finances. Students can apply if they have a lot or just a little financial need.  Not all students qualify to participate in the work/study program because they do not need financial help.

Advantages:

One advantage of the work/study program is that students can earn up to $3,000 per year.  This will help students with their educational expenses. Also, the work/study program can give students valuable job experience in their major area of study.

Conclusion:

For these reasons, the work/study program can be very helpful for students who have financial needs.

Now, let’s put it all together:

There are requirements and advantages for students in the work/study program.    One requirement is that a student must be enrolled full-time in the university.  Also, students must be able to prove that they have a financial need and must fill out paperwork about their finances. Students can apply if they have a lot or just a little financial need.  Not all students qualify to participate in the work/study program because they do not need financial help.

One advantage of the work/study program is that students can earn up to $3,000 per year.  This will help students with their educational expenses. Also, the work/study program can give students valuable job experience in their major area of study.  For these reasons, the work/study program can be very helpful for students who have financial needs.

Time:  58 seconds

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More helpful hints:

  • In these integrated speaking tasks, you have more time available to answer. So you can give more details.
  • Be sure to speak slowly so that the listener understands what you are saying.
  • Remember to include your introduction and conclusion. This shows the listener that you are organized.
  • Use transition words. This also shows the listener that you are able to organize your thoughts.
  • If you are listening to a lecture and you don’t understand the topic, don’t worry. Just take notes and look back to the reading to help you answer the question.  Some of the lectures are about topics that you’ve never seen before.  That’s okay because you can still answer the question if you take good notes and organize your answer.

If you are in Houston, Texas please call us for private English lessons.  For more information, visit Worldwide English or write to julie@englishlessons-houston.com

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Feb 18 2016

American Idioms from Weather Lesson 4

English Lessons Houston-American Idioms

Idioms from Weather – Lesson 4

Hello Students!

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Americans use lots of idioms, especially in movies and at the office.  The more you use and understand them, the greater your English speaking skills will be.  You will “fit right in”!

 “snowed under” – to be very busy, to have many things to do

At Brown & Root, we have so many projects, we are snowed under!


“weather the storm” – to go through a difficult times; to wait until conditions improve

Our sales at Nordstrom were down last year, but we weathered the storm and sales are much better this year.

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 “the calm before the storm” – the peaceful, calm time before you become very busy

All the visitors from Hong Kong are arriving on Friday.  This is the calm before the storm and we are trying to make sure everything is ready for them when they visit our office.

 

get wind of”to hear about something or learn about something

My boss got wind of the news that the company was going to be sold.

Weather idioms 5

 

a fair-weather friend”– someone who is your friend when you are doing well

John was always friendly to me until I was laid off from Atlas Oil.  Now he won’t return my calls.  I guess he was just a fair-weather friend.

 

to rain cats and dogs” – to experience very heavy rain  Weather idioms 2

The weather was terrible as I was driving to work in Chicago.  It was raining cats and dogs!

 

 

 

a breeze” – something that is very easy to do

I promised my team at Medallion Oil that this project would be a breeze because we have done this type of work many times before.

 

Weather idioms 4to feel under the weather” – to feel ill or sick

I was feeling under the weather this morning, so I decided to stay home in bed today.

 

 

 

 

 

throw caution to the wind” – to be careless, to not worry about the consequences  Weather idioms 6

My wife said that we did not have the money to buy a DeLorean, but I threw caution to the wind and bought the car anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

take a rain check”– to do something at a later time

My colleagues asked me to lunch today, but I was busy so I told them that I would take a raincheck and eat with them next week.

 

That’s our lesson on Idioms from Weather!  If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com  or call 713-993-6511.

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Feb 01 2016

American Idioms from Time – English Lessons Houston

English Lessons Houston-American Idioms

Idioms from Time – Lesson 3

 

Hello Students!

 

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Using idioms is a vital way the English language is used, and the more you use and understand them, the greater you English speaking skills will be.

 

 “To kill time” – to wait for something to happen, to waste time    Time idioms 2

We arrived at the movie one hour early, so to kill time, we took a walk.


“take time out” – to rest or relax for a short time

Ricardo took time out from his studies to go see the new Star Wars movie.

 

 “to make time” – to do something that you did not plan to do

I am very busy today, but I will make time to go and visit my sister who is in the hospital.

 

time idioms  “time flies” – time goes by very quickly

Time flies when you’re having fun!”

 

in the nick of time”– when something happens before it’s too late

My boss arrived for the meeting in the nick of time, just 1 minute before it started.

 

 

beat the clock” and also “ahead of time” – to complete something early, before it is due

My report was due at 5:00 p.m., but I beat the clock and turned it in at 1:00 p.m.

My report was due at 5:00 p.m., but I finished ahead of time, at 1:00 p.m.

in no time” – very quickly

I promised my team that I would finish my project in no time.

Time idioms 3

to take one’s time” – to do something slowly and carefully

When I go shopping, I like to take my time to look around.

“it’s about time” – to say that something or someone is late

I finally got a promotion to Team leader.  It’s about time – I’ve been waiting for two years!

 

time’s up” – there is no time left for something

At the end of one hour, our director called “time’s up” and the meeting was over.

 

That’s our lesson on Idioms from Time!  If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com  or call 713-993-6511.

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Oct 25 2015

English Lessons Houston: Idioms from Food

English Lessons Houston-American Idioms

Idioms from Food

Idioms from Food 5

 

Hello Students!

 

In today’s lesson, we will learn more about idioms. Using idioms is a vital way the English language is used, and the more you use and understand them, the greater you English speaking skills will be.

 

“To go bananas” – to get excited

When Samantha won a $100 gift card to Starbucks, she went bananas.  Idioms from Food 2

 

“in a pickle” – in trouble

James was in a real pickle when he realized how much work he had for the week. He had two presentations he had to give this week and three deadlines. How was he going to get all that done?

 

“fishy” – suspicious

Tony suspected something fishy was going on when he came home and his front door was open.

 

Idioms from Food 3 “peanuts” – cheap price

John bought a new Ralph Lauren polo shirt. He said he bought it for peanuts at the outlet mall.

 

Idioms from Food 1a peach” – a nice woman

Anne is a peach! She always helps us at the office.

 

 

a lemon” – something that doesn’t work well, like a car or appliance

Abdoul was really happy when he bought a used car last week. But the car is a lemon. The brakes don’t work, the air conditioner doesn’t work and the car makes a loud noise.  Idioms from Food 4

nuts” – crazy

Antoine must be nuts. He paid over $200 for that shirt!

 

a piece of cake” – something that is very easy to do

Enrique always does very well in his algebra class. Mathematics is a piece of cake for him.

 

That’s our lesson on Idioms from Food! If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com or call 713-993-6511.

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Jul 19 2015

TOEFL or IELTS? You decide!

TOEFL or IELTS? You decide! Part 1 Reading

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There are two tests that are accepted in most American colleges and universities that evaluate an student’s proficiency in the English language, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). These two tests have big differences and it is important to compare the two so that you can make the right decision about which one is right for you. Note: In this comparison, we are looking only at the IELTS Academic Test and not the IELTS General Test. Also, since the most common TOEFL Test is the iBT (internet-based test), we will examine this one.

Both of these tests cover four areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Both tests cost between $150 and $200. Over 6,000 educational institutions worldwide accept both of these tests. Be sure to check with the universities and programs you are interested in first to find out for sure and also to see what the minimum score is for acceptance into their academic programs. The IELTS is scored from 0-9 and most universities require at least a 6.5. The TOEFL iBT is scored from 0-120 and most universities require a TOEFL score of about 100. Some universities accept a lower score with an agreement to enroll in their ESL Intensive Courses.

In Part 1, we will examine the differences between the IELTS and the TOEFL Reading sections of the exam.

TOEFL 1

IELTS Reading Test

The IELTS Reading test is divided into three passages. There are different types of question formats:

  1. Fill-in-the blank with the word or words
  2. Short answer
  3. Multiple choice, choosing from answers A, B, C, or D.
  4. Matching two or more answers from a list
  5. Labelling plans, diagrams or charts with one or more words.
  6. True, False or Not Given

One of the major differences in the IELTS reading test is that the passages are organized from easy to difficult. Passage 1 is the easiest, Passage 2 more difficult and Passage 3 is the most difficult.  The first passage is the shortest, usually about 600-700 words and the third passage is usually more than 1,000 words. The Reading Test contains 40 questions. You have 60 minutes for the IELTS Reading Test.

How is it different from the TOEFL? The IELTS Reading Test tests different types of reading materials. For example, you may be required to read a passage and answer questions, but it’s also possible that you will be asked to study charts for information. There may be very little to read in one passage, but a lot of visual materials that require that you look at everything very carefully. You may be required to draw your own conclusions about the charts you see. Also, the IELTS has a larger variety of questions than the TOEFL.

Recommendation: If you get confused by long, reading passages, the IELTS may offer an easier Reading Test for you than the TOEFL. If you enjoy studying charts and making deductions, there is a good chance that one of the passages on the IELTS will have charts for you to study and answer questions. If you prefer to answer different types of questions, the IELTS offers a greater variety and it is my opinion that the multiple choice questions are easier than those of the TOEFL Reading Test.

TOEFL 3TOEFL Reading Test

The TOEFL Reading Test consists of reading three to five passages. All the questions are worth one point, except the last question is worth more than one point. The Reading Test is divided into three sections. In the Reading Test, you can choose to skip a question and come back to it later, but be sure to answer all of the questions.

There are different types of question formats:

  1.  Multiple choice with one correct answer.
  2. Insert a sentence where it best fits into the passage.  You will have four possible locations to choose from.
  3. Summary questions that contain six answer choices.  You will asked to choose three.  These questions are worth two points.
  4. A “category” chart with five to seven answer choices that fit into two categories.  This question is worth more than one point.

One of the big differences in the TOEFL test is that there is a lot of reading. It is recommended that you read the entire passage before answering the questions, but I know that many students prefer to “speed read” through the passage and go directly to the questions. Sometimes, this can result in a wrong answer, particularly when general or main ideas are being questioned.

How it is different from the IELTS Reading Test? The TOEFL Reading Test takes from 60-100 minutes and there are three timed sections. The IELTS has three reading passages but you have 60 minutes to complete all three sections. Both tests have about 40 questions. If you are a very good reader and enjoy studying reading passages very carefully for vocabulary, context, main idea and inference, you may prefer the TOEFL Reading Test.

Conclusion: Students have told me that the TOEFL Reading Test is very difficult and that they prefer the IELTS Reading Test which a greater variety of test and question formats. They have said that the time allowed in the TOEFL is not enough to study and answer all of the questions correctly.

Worldwide English teaches private lessons to expats and their spouses in their home or office in the Houston, Texas area. We can help you to prepare for the IELTS or TOEFL exams.

For more information visit http://www.englishlessons-houston.com or write to julie@englishlessons-houston.com 

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Jun 11 2014

Business English: Making Business Phone Calls

 

Business English Lessons 2– Speaking on the Phone in English

Making a Business Follow-up Call and Responding to a Follow-up Call in Business English

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Here in Houston, Texas in the USA, we offer private English lessons.

Ready to make a business phone call in English?  If you are thinking of using the phone, it’s best to be prepared!  Make notes that you can ready.

 

What do you say if you don’t understand the person you are talking to? Let’s start with a few basics.

“Excuse me, could you say that again more………loudly/slowly/clearly?”

When you think you know what the speaker is saying, check to make sure:

“Let me make sure I understand.  You said …………..  Is that correct?”

Making a follow-up call:

“Hello ……………..  This is …………….

I’m calling about ……………………….. (the email I sent you, the letter I mailed you, the meeting last week)

regarding………………………. (the purchase, the contract, your questions, your order, your inquiry).

I wanted to see if you…………….. (are still interested, have had the time to look over the order, have any further questions, can meet for lunch next week, have made a decision about…..)

Receiving a follow-up call: phone 3

 

Thank you for responding so quickly,

I appreciate your getting back to me.

Thank you for returning my call.

I wanted to speak to you about……… (the terms of our agreement/your order/the contract/the questions you had)

Arranging to meet:

 

I suggest that we meet in person to discuss this further.  Are you available this week/next week/tomorrow afternoon?

When would you like to meet?

I’m available to meet with you…..next Thursday/this afternoon at 4:00/ this Friday morning.

(Note:  In American English, this Friday morning means Friday of this week; next Friday morning means Friday of next week)

I’ll send you an e-mail to confirm ……our meeting/what we have agreed upon/the terms of your order.

phone 1Ending the call:

 

It was nice speaking to you.  I look forward to ……meeting you/doing business with you again/speaking to you in the future.

See you…….on Thursday/next month in Madrid/at the next meeting.

Please call me again if you need anything further.phone 6

That’s our lesson on making and receiving follow-up calls!  If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com  or call 713-993-6511.

Jun 08 2014

American Business English Lessons 1 – Introductions and Greetings

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Business English Lessons 1– Introductions and Greetings in Business English  greetings and introductions 1

 

Here in Houston, Texas in the USA, we offer private English lessons.

Hi Students!  Here are some key expressions to use if you are meeting someone for the first time and you are speaking American English.

In this lesson, we’ll discuss meeting someone for the first time and also greeting your colleagues that you already know, that you see every day. 

 In general, American business people are more informal. 

If you are meeting someone for the first time who holds a position higher than yours, use a formal greeting. 

If you are meeting a colleague, someone who is a co-worker or in the same position as yours, it’s fine to use an informal greeting.

 If you have any questions about these expressions, you can send me an e-mail at Worldwide English at julie@english-lessonshouston.com 

Greetings and Introductions 1

What is the difference between Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Miss?

Mr. (Mister) – A married or single man

Mrs. (pronounced “misses”) – A married, divorced or widowed woman (widowed means that her husband died)

Miss -A young woman who has never been married.

Ms.  (pronounced “mizz”) – This is fine for all women over 20 when you don’t know if they are married or not.

HANDSHAKES

  1. Americans greet each other with a handshake.  This is true for men greeting women, women greeting women, or women greeting men.  Sometimes, if we have a long conversation, we will shake hands again when we are saying goodbye. 
  2. Make sure that you use a firm handshake.  If your handshake is weak, American business people may feel that you are not a strong person. 
  3. When shaking hands, look the person in the eye.  If you look away when you are introducing yourself or shaking hands, American business people will feel that you are hiding something or that you are not friendly. 
  4. Smile, shake hands and introduce yourself!  shake hands 4

INTRODUCTIONS

Introducing yourself:

  • Formal – Hello, my name is __________________.  It’s very nice to meet you.
  • Informal – Hi, my name’s __________________.  Nice to meet you.
  • I don’t think we’ve (we have) met.  I’m ______________________. 

Introducing other people:

  • Formal – Mr./Mrs./Ms._________________, may I introduce my __________, Mr./Mrs./Ms.____________.
  • Informal – This is……. (my friend _______, my colleague __________________, my wife _____________).
  • I’d like you to meet my (colleague, friend, co-worker) _________________________.

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Exchanging greetings:

  • Formal – I’m very pleased to meet you.
  • I’m delighted to meet you
  • I’m very happy to make your acquaintance.
  • Informal – Nice to meet you.  (Very nice to meet you.)
  • Good to meet you.
  • Someone you have spoken with or written to but never met – It’s great to finally meet you.

Saying something about your job in the company:

  • Formal – I’m in charge of ________________.
  • I’m responsible for ____________________.
  • My job involves _______________________.
  • Informal– I handle__________________.
  • I oversee _____________________.
  • I am a/an __________________ here at company name.

GREETINGS   shake hands 6

When American business people greet you and ask how you are, they really don’t want a long answer.  It’s just a way of saying hello and after that, they move on. 

Greeting your colleagues and bosses every day at work:

Formal – Good morning, afternoon Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. ______________. 

Formal answer:  I’m just fine, thank you, and you?  Or “Very well, thank you, and you?”

Informal – Hi __________________, how’s it going?  (This means, “How are you?”)

Answer:  “Great, thanks.  How about you?”

Also “How’s it hangin’?” (How are you?)

 Answer:  “Good, thanks.”

Hi _______________, what’s up?  (This means, “What are you doing?”)

Answer:  “Not much, what’s up with you?” is the most common answer, or “Just working on my project” or “Just going out for lunch” or say what it is that you are doing at that moment.  Use the –ing form of the verb. 

“What’s new?”

 Answer:  “Oh, nothing much, how about you?”

Hey, _________________.  (This means, “Hi ____________” and you can just answer, “Hi”.)

That’s our lesson on greetings and introductions!  If you come to Houston, Texas in the USA and you need private English lessons, contact Worldwide English at http://englishlessons-houston.com  or call 713-993-6511. 

 

 

Jan 04 2014

English Lessons Houston – Phrasal Verbs 1 “Up”

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English Lessons Houston – Phrasal Verbs 1

Welcome to the world of English phrasal Verbs!  There are lots of them.  In these English lessons, we are going to be looking at the most common ones.  When you become accustomed to using English phrasal verbs, they will be easy for you.  So, let’s get started!photo for up blog 2

An English Phrasal Verb is made up of a verb and a particle.

 

Inseparable phrasal verbs – the verb and the particle must stay together.

Examples of inseparable phrasal verbs:

  • Break down – stop working properly

My car is making a noise.  I think it’s going to break down soon.

  • Get together – meet

Let’s get together at Starbucks this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

  • Run out of – not have enough

Can you lend me $25.00?  I have run out of money!

  • Look after – take care of

I need to look after my mother.  She is not feeling well.

Separable phrasal verbs – the verb and the particle can stay together or be separated.

Examples of separable phrasal verbs:

  • Call someone back – to return a phone call

I need to call Robert back.  He is waiting for my call.

  • Do something over – to do something again

I’ve made many mistakes on this essay.  I will have to do it over.

  • Fill something out – complete a form with information

phrasal verbs 1There are several pages for my visa application.  I need to fill them out.

  • Figure something out – to think about something until you understand it

Mathematics is difficult.  It takes me a long time to figure it out.

 

Let’s look at phrasal verbs using the word “up”.photo for up blog 3

 

  • Call someone up – to call someone on the phone

Tonight I’m going to call my father up and speak to him.

  • Back up – to go in reverse (backwards)

To drive away, I need to first back my car up

  • Catch up – to finish the work you have or to move faster to come up to someone or something.

I have so much work to do.  I’m not sure if I can catch up

My boyfriend is walking too fast.  It’s hard for me to catch up to him.

  • Wrap up – to finish

I am about to wrap my project up

  • Run up – to go high

My credit card balance is very high!  Last month I really ran it up!

  • Turn up – to appear

I wonder when my girlfriend will turn up.  She’s been gone all day!

  • Hurry up – to go faster

Hurry up!  The movie is about to start!

  • Look up – to find something

If you don’t know the meaning of these words, look them up in the dictionary.

  • Bring up – to talk about

When I was talking to my boss this morning, he brought up the fact that I have been late two times this week!

  • Take up – to spend time

I have more than 50 e-mails.  They are taking up too much of my time.

  • Grow up – children getting older

My sister is already 15.  She is growing up fast!

  • Keep up – to continue

I’m tired of running, but I want to run for 30 minutes so I am going to keep it up.

 

There are more English phrasal verbs using the word “up”.  Some of them are inseparable and some are separable.  A phrasal verb is conjugated just like a regular verb. 

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