Widen Your Vocabulary with 10 Sports-Related​ Phrasal Verbs

Widen Your Vocabulary with 10 Sports Related Phrasal Verbs

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As Sports is our Topic of the month for September, we thought that we would share some of our favourite Sports related phrasal verbs.

Many of these phrasal verbs are particularly useful as they can be used in other contexts other than talking about sports.

So the next time you are chatting with your English friends about the football match last night you can impress them with some of these phrasal verbs!

What we learned in our English class?

Work Out: To do exercise.

Eg, yesterday I went to work out at the gym

Work Off: to burn calories or food consumed.

Eg, I need to work off all that Christmas food!

Fall Behind: Begin to lose in a race

Eg, he was winning until he fell behind at the 3rd mile 

Slim Down: To lose weight

Eg, Sheila needs to slim down so that she can fit into her wedding dress.

Take Up: To start doing a new sport or activity

Eg, This summer I want to take up cross fit.

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Try Out For: To Audition for a team

Eg, You’re so good at football, you should try out for the team!

Knock Out: to punch somebody unconscious (usually used in Boxing)

Eg, The boxer knocked out his opponent in the 5th round.

Alternatively Knock Out can also be used to mean that a loser in a tournament is eliminated.

Eg, England were knocked out of the world cup in the semi finals against Croatia.

Catch Up: Reach an opponent in a race.

Eg, After spending most of the race in last place, Tom finally caught up to the rest of the runners in the last 100m.  

Pass Out: To become unconscious.

Eg, I was so exhausted after the marathon that I passed out.

Bulk Up: to gain muscle.

Eg, I’ve been lifting weights at the gym recently so I can bulk up and impress the ladies.

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Love

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Love

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It would appear that love has indeed been in the air at Teachify in May as we’ve been discussing a number of topics to do with romance, dating, marriage and many more.  You may think of the mythical Bob Marley and wonder in his famous words…is this love, is this love, is this love.  Well, here at Teachify for one month only, yes, it is love. 

What is the topic of the month?

So, just to clarify, each month we take inspiration from a general topic and then we focus on said topic by discussing many aspects, reviewing relevant vocabulary and debate some of the most interesting questions we consider related to that topic.  After that, we wrap everything up by having a quick chitchat to go through how we feel when it comes to that topic. 

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What should you do now then?

The answer is right before your eyes, it’s a no-brainer. 

If you’re already one of our students and you’ve studied some of the lesson plans then I’d begin by trying to recall the target vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idioms. 

Then the next logical step is to watch the chitchat attached and if you have any issues understanding anything we say, I suggest rewatching the video as many times as possible until you master the new terms. 

At the same time, you could use applications like wordreference, reverso or linguee to check the meaning and translation of these difficult words. 

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It's okay! we know it can be difficult to understand.

In case that’s not enough, or if you simply want to see some synonyms or further explanation then don’t worry, below you have a list of the words and phrases we believe to be more unusual along with a brief explanation in English. 

Vocabulary & phrasal verbs

  • Love at first sight: falling in love with someone the moment you meet them.
  • Shallow: the opposite of deep, or someone who only focuses on someone’s appearance.
  • Never judge a book by its cover: don’t make a decision about someone if you don’t know them.
  • Fancy: to want, to find attractive or as an adjective it means posh or extravagant.
  • Cut corners: to not do things properly.
  • Woo: to flirt with or conquer romantically.
  • Intrigued: interested, curious.
  • Bound to: guaranteed to or at least almost guaranteed to.
  • Fallout: argument or fight.
  • Fall out with: have an argument with someone.
  • Make up: a very versatile phrasal verb however in the video and talking about love it means to forgive someone or make peace with someone.
  • Do your make up: apply make-up.

5 reasons why you should learn English

5 Reasons why you should learn English

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As English teachers working in Sevilla, we are often asked the question, “Why should I learn English?”

So we thought we would compile some of the best reasons to learn Engish!

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1. It Will Improve Your Career Prospects.

Let’s face it, whether you like it or not English is THE international language of business, science, aviation, computers, diplomacy, and tourism plus many other sectors.

At some of the companies we work with in Sevilla, they ONLY use English in the office which can put you at a major disadvantage if you don’t speak the language!

In addition, plenty of our private students come to us because they need help improving their English for job interviews in Spain.

It seems that in the modern world businesses are under more and more pressure to ‘internationalise’ their head offices.

This means that knowing English as a second language will give you a real step up from the competition if you are in the market for a new job.

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2. It will improve your Networking ability.

With English fast becoming the global language of the future, you’ll feel even more connected to the world around you.

By learning English you will find yourself even more connected to popular culture, trends and issues in the world around you along with the ability to better keep up with current events.

3. English will improve your educational prospects.

If you speak English you will be able to find Educational courses all over the world instead of just limiting yourself to studying in Spanish speaking countries.

This can be a major advantage as some of the most prestigious universities in the world are located in English speaking countries.

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4. English is the primary language of Media.

Have you ever wished that you could understand the lyrics to your favorite Beatles song? Or wished that you didn’t need to turn on subtitles to watch your favourite English Language Netflix Films/tv shows?

As great as series like the Simpsons are in Spanish they are infinitely superior in their native language!

5.English is the Language of the Internet

Perhaps even more importantly than being the language of the Media however, is that English is the language of the internet!

So you may  only be able to access certain sites or find certain documents online in English. So it’s fair to say that learning English will provide you with more access to knowledge around the world. 

So, if you liked these reasons, subscribe below to find out 5 more reasons why you should learn English!

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Work

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Work

Welcome back to our blog, I’m sure you’ve been looking forward to watching another of our Teacher chitchats, so here we are.  You’re probably aware of the fact that every month we focus on one main topic and we like to finish it off by having a chat about what we’ve been discussing. 

What did we learn last month?

Last month we looked at a wide range of aspects related to the world of work.  Therefore, Mickey and I have got together to ask each other a few questions about work. 

By watching the video you can find out what we did in our first ever jobs, what our dream jobs were when we were younger and even hear an embarrassing story that happened to one of us at a leaving party. 

It’s worth the wait, so make sure you watch the video right until the end.  

How can I use the video to learn English?

At times we speak quite quickly and use some difficult words and phrases, you can find a list of these tough pieces of language below along with a brief explanation of what they mean.

However, I challenge you to watch the video without looking at these explanations, at least the first time you watch it. 

Repetition is extremely important in order for you to memorise difficult vocabulary so don’t just watch it once, keep going until you’re sick of hearing our voices. 

So, without further ado, click on the video and enjoy! 

I wonder whether you’ll get the terrible jokes we tell at the start. 

Fingers crossed.

Did you understand the Teachify chit-chat?

Don’t worry if not! Here’s a list of the difficult words and phrases with their explanations.

  • Scarecrow – an object made to resemble a human figure and scare birds away from a field where crops are.
  • Get promoted – receive a promotion a work.
  • Get straight to the point – focus on the main issue.
  • Beat around the bush – avoid the main issue.
  • Trimmed – cut, bushes and trees can be trimmed, as can your hair.
  • Handyman – a person who is employed to carry out domestic repairs or minor renovations.
  • Pocket money – a small amount of money given to a child by their parents, an allowance.
  • Newsagents – a shop selling newspapers, magazines, sweets and drinks.
  • A tenner – £10 or ten quid.
  • Back in the day – a long time ago, referring to a particular period of time.
  • Run into someone – meet or see someone unexpectedly.
  • Shave off (milliseconds) – reduce a time recorded by a tiny amount.
  • Paperwork – routine work involving written documents.
  • Sweat – exude moisture in heat, nervous situations or when doing exercise, perspiration.
  • Slide – move smoothly along a surface while maintaining continuous contact with it.
  • Soaking wet – extremely wet.
  • Leaving do – a party to say goodbye, often at work or if you are moving away.
  • Low-key – not elaborate, showy or intensive.

Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Crime

Teachify Teacher Chit-CHat

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Hi English lovers!

It’s time for another Teacher Chit Chat. This month we have been learning all about the topic of crime with our students! 

For this month’s chit chat you are lucky enough to be joined by all 4 of us Teachifyers Mickey, Lewis, Jonathon and Jack!

After several ‘false starts,’ mainly due to Mickey mucking up the introduction we decided that it would be best for Lewis to introduce the video as usual…

So, what did we talk about?

Following on from last month’s Teachify Teacher’s Chit Chat, we decided to once again each randomly select a pre prepared question from the middle of the table and discuss it.

As ‘Crime’ is such an interesting topic with plenty of ‘fruit for discussion’ we did try to limit our answers so that the video wouldn’t be too long.

We also felt that it would be useful for us to recommend some crime series in English that our students can watch (in English of course!) in order to help review the new vocabulary we have covered this month!

As always we have included some of the key vocabulary included in the video below:

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Petty Crime: Small non serious crime.

Stab: To attack someone with a knife or other sharp object.

Mug: To rob someone with the threat of Violence

Kidnapping: To take somebody with the threat of force and hold them until a sum of money has been paid.

Pickpocketing: To secretly steal from somebody’s pocket/bag without them knowing.

Ransom: A sum of money requested for the safe return of a Kidnapping victim.

Legalize: The act of making something illegal legal.

Victim: The recipient of a crime.

Scam: The act of tricking somebody into giving you money.

Cyber Crime: Illegal acts which take place online.

Colleague: Somebody that you work with.

Cut You In: To involve you in a scheme or project.

Turn A Blind Eye: To decide to ignore something illegal.

Greedy: One of the seven deadly sins, when you want more than you need.

Sweet Tooth: When somebody enjoys eating a lot of sweets/sugary snacks.

Shoplifting: Secretly stealing from a shop.

Detective: Somebody who investigates crimes.