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QT-ESL 66 Phrasal Verbs Introduction 1


With this podcast, we are starting a series of episodes on "phrasal verbs." These podcasts are intended for students with a high level of English as phrasal verbs can at times be tricky to learn. If you find this podcast too difficult, we invite you to listen to a few of our much earlier episodes in the series, which hopefully will be adapted to your needs. You may also wish to try our other series called "Your English."

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Doing this oral work is far more challenging than doing written exercises. QualityTime-ESL podcasts are intended for hard-working learners who want to perfect their English.

The script of this episode is offered free of charge in the PDF file and is also found below.

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QT-ESL 66 Phrasal Verbs-Introduction-1

Hi. I’m Marianne Raynaud. My goal is to help you improve your spoken English. So let’s get started.

In this podcast, we will be practicing phrasal verbs. Phrasal verbs are composed of a verb followed by one or two postpositions. Phrasal verbs often have the same meaning as more academic verbs with Latin or Greek roots. Learners of English tend to find verbs with Latin or Greek roots easier to remember, as they are similar to verbs in other Romance languages. But English speakers prefer phrasal verbs and use them frequently in colloquial, everyday language. So to perfect your knowledge of English, you should learn to use some basic phrasal verbs properly.

Here is the first set. In this exercise, we will give you the more academic verb followed by the equivalent phrasal verb and its postposition. Listen and repeat.

anticipate something with pleasure → look forward to something
disappoint someone → let someone down
search for information about something → look up something
rise from bed in the morning → get up

Now I will give the academic verb, and you will give the phrasal verb and its postposition. Be sure to speak before I give the answer.

anticipate something with pleasure → look forward to something
disappoint someone → let someone down
search for information about something → look up something
rise from bed in the morning → get up

In the next application exercise, we ask you to change the sentence by substituting the equivalent phrasal verb and its postposition for the more formal verb. Listen to the examples.

I say: We anticipate your party with pleasure.
You say: We look forward to your party.
I say: Their son disappointed them by failing the exam.
You say: Their son let them down by failing the exam.

Now you go on in the same way. Be sure to speak before I give the answer.

We anticipate your party with pleasure.
We look forward to your party.

Their son disappointed them by failing the exam.
Their son let them down by failing the exam.
Your English No. 66 Phrasal Verbs Introduction-1 (Cont.)

He searched for information about his favorite author.
He looked up his favorite author.

I rose from bed early in the morning.
I got up early in the morning.

Finally, listen and repeat this short poem. (Here the syllables to stress are in bold.)

I really look forward to your coming around
But for heaven’s sake don’t let me down
I’ll go and look up a great place to eat
So get up early, and we ’ll have us a treat.

Now say this poem together with me.

I really look forward to your coming ‘round
But for heaven’s sake don’t let me down
I’ll go and look for a great place to eat
So get up early, and we’ll have us a treat.

That’s the end of our podcast. For more oral practice try our other series Your English for a variety of exercises including a story entitled “Was It Love?” that contains all 140+ irregular verbs. You can also go to 5-Minute TOPs for fun with song lyrics and quotes. Bye for now, thank you for listening and don’t forget to keep smiling.

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