12 grapes for New Year = 12 phrasal verbs and idioms for English lovers!
In our last blog we gave you the does & don’ts when speaking English. New Year is just around the corner and as tradition has it in Spain, we will all be eating grapes to see the New Year in and start 2018 with a bang!
For all you English lovers out there, Teachify is going to give you 12 new phrasal verbs and idioms with some examples of how to use them.
Out with the old and in with the new!
6 super common phrasal verbs
Firstly, what is a phrasal verb?
A phrasal verb is phrase made up of a verb and another word, which could be a preposition, or even an adverb. We use phrasal verbs a lot when speaking English and if you are looking to dominate the language, it’s a good idea to start including them into your daily speech. When you have your next English class, we recommend that you write down 2 or 3 on a piece of paper, and during your class try to include them when speaking. This will help you to not only remember them, but feel more comfortable using them.
We are going to start off with 6 phrasal verbs that should get your 2018 English learning under way.
Meaning: To stop doing or planning to do something/cancel an event.
E.g. The football match has been called off because the bad weather conditions.
Español: Cancelar, anular o suspender.
Meaning: To break into parts.
E.g. I am not going to buy that car, it is so old that it is falling apart.
Meaning: To stop an activity or effort. Commonly used with bad habits like smoking or drinking. A New Year resolution for many!
E.g. I tried to give up smoking, but it was too difficult.
E.g. I gave up trying to learn Arabic because it was not for me.
Español: Dejar algo o rendirse
Look Forward To
Meaning: To expect something with pleasure
E.g. I am looking forward to seeing my friends this weekend. (notice the gerund being used)
Español: Tener ganas de ver o hacer algo.
Put Up With
Meaning: To allow someone or something that annoys exist.
E.g. I can’t put up with that person, he really irritates me.
Español: Aguantar o soportar.
Meaning: To improve or search for something
E.g. The economic situation is finally looking up.
E.g. What does this word mean? I don’t know, let me look it up on Google.
So, now you have seen 6 great phrasal verbs you can use to help you improve your English, now we are going to take a look at 6 idioms which are fun to use.
6 super common idioms
Every language has it’s own collection of wise sayings. The difficult part is knowing what they mean, and how to use them. Idioms are a collection of words that describe a situation, but the words used don’t always have something to do with the situation. A bit confused? Don’t worry! We will explain them to you with the Spanish equivalent next to it.
A penny for your thoughts
Meaning: This idiom is used to ask someone what they are thinking. No grammar is needed, you can literally just say it exactly how it is.
Español: En qué piensas/estás pensando.
At the drop of a hat
Meaning: To do something without any hesitation; instantly.
E.g. Can you drop this letter off at the post office?
Yes, at the drop of a hat.
Español: En menos que canta un gallo.
To beat around the bush
Meaning: To avoid the topic in discussion and avoid being direct.
E.g. Stop beating around the bust and tell me what’s going on!
Español: Irse por las ramas
It cost an arm and a led
Meaning: Something is very expensive.
E.g. How much did your new phone cost?
Pffff! It cost me and arm and a leg.
Español: Vale un riño/un ojo de la cara
To pull someones leg/take the Mickey
Meaning: To make fun of someone or to pull a prank on someone
E.g. (Someone is telling you something you don’t believe) Are you pulling my leg? You must be kidding.
Español: Tomar el pelo
Piece of cake
Meaning: Something is very easy.
E.g. How was your English exam?
My exam was a piece of cake. I feel it went well.
Español: Pan comido/esta chupado.
No permitas que tu año nuevo se quede en una celebración, llévalo a su máximo esplendor convirtiéndolo en un reinicio, en un punto de partida, en el mayor de los trampolines. Porque sólo tú puedes lograr prepararte para las metas a las que aspiras. Pero antes tómate ese tiempo libre imprescindible para definir tus propósitos, entre los que esperamos que esté el inglés. A recargar las pilas se ha dicho! Que el 2018 pinta emocionante!