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Phrasal Verb [English Expressions]

Phrasal Verb [English Expressions]


How are you doing?

I hope everything is going fantastically.

Do you ever get frustrated when something seems impossible and you feel that you will never be able to master it? Lots of students say that English phrasal verbs are impossible to memorize but they’re not; it’s just a matter of time.

Remember that a phrasal verb is the combination of a verb and at least one preposition or adverb which has a different meaning to the individual parts separately.

Let’s learn some useful phrasal verbs which you will hear on a regular basis in English:

to eat out: to eat away from home, usually in a restaurant.
Example: I don’t feel like cooking tonight. Let’s eat out.

to give up: to stop trying to do something because it seems too difficult to you
Example: I will never be able to memorize such a long speech. I give up!

to hang on: to wait for a short time (used a lot on the phone)
Example: The operator asked me to hang on while she transferred my call.

to hang up: to end a phone call
Example: She’s been waiting for a long time, she wants to hang up.

to pay off: to have a successful result after a long period of time.
Example: All that studying paid off! What amazing exam results!

to look out: to to be careful, to take care
Example: Look out! That car’s approaching really fast!

These are just some of the phrasal verbs that you can use in everyday conversation. I hope you find them useful. To learn some more useful phrasal verbs.

In the first part of this message I mentioned that learning English, especially phrasal verbs, is just a matter of time. Do you know what this means?

It means that however difficult something seems now, it will eventually happen if you persist. It can be used as encouragement and motivation when someone is frustrated when trying to do something that requires a great deal of patience.

Learning English can be difficult but it’s just a matter of time. Do not give up. Your perseverance and your hard effort will pay off.

Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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Home Vs House [English Expressions]

Home Vs House [English Expressions]


How are you today?

It’s Weekend again so we can now relax after a very busy and tiring week.

During the week, we tend to be very busy. Our days are crammed with chores, from working to looking after the children, cooking, cleaning and sometimes even meeting up with friends. MULTItasking is the trend these days.

So when weekend comes all we want to do is to throw ourselves onto the sofa and relax. At times like these, we often tell ourselves “It’s good to be home“.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the words “house” and “home”?

This is often tricky for English learners.

In general we use “house” to refer to the actual structure or building while “home” is used to mean where you come from or where you feel comfortable and safe, maybe because your family lives with you or people whom you are connected to. There may be hundreds or thousands of houses in your town or city but you will only call one of them home.

I like the English expressions “Home is where the heart is“, “Home, sweet home” and “There’s no place like home“.

Here are the definitions of the words in italics from this message with examples.

to look after: to take care of

Example: I am a housewife. I stay at home and look after the kids.

crammed with: very full of

Example: The subway is always crammed with people during rush hour.

MULTItasking: the situation in which a person does more than one thing at a time.

Example: Women are supposedly good at MULTItasking.

tricky: difficult to do or deal with

Example: It’s a tricky situation; we don’t know what to do!

I hope you have a great day. I’m sure you are looking forward to getting home! When you are happy to get home or relieved to see your house after a holiday, you can say: “Home, sweet home“.

Take care, 🙂

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