55 – Phrasal Verbs with Call – English Vocabulary Lesson

55 - Phrasal Verbs with Call - English Vocabulary Lesson

I can always call on Yalcin for help with computers!

Learn Phrasal verbs with call. Phrasal verbs are good to learn because they are commonly used in spoken English and using them will make your English sound more natural. Today we will answer a voice message from Elaine, who called in from the Philippines asking about phrasal verbs with call.

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Here are the example sentences:
  • I called up my friend Mike this morning.
  • My sister left a message on my voice mail, so I called her back.
  • So, you call up someone, but you call back someone who called you at an earlier time.
  • I called around and finally found the book I wanted at the book shop on Madison Ave.
  • Jack said he always calls on his good customers once a week.
  • You can call on me if you need help with English.
  • Whenever I need help with computers, I know I can always call on Yalcin.
  • If you are in trouble, you can call for the police.
  • When you need your bathtub fixed, you can call in a plumber.
  • When you are hungry, you can call for a pizza.
  • We called off the picnic because it was raining.
  • The boss called off the meeting because he had an urgent matter do teal with.
  • For example, Mike is a reliable worker who has never called out sick.
  • The teacher usually says, don’t call out. Raise your hand.
Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Jeff has two jobs. He works in a supermarket and a bookstore. We can assume that he either has off on Friday or only works one of those jobs on Friday. He’s a busy guy!
Today’s listening challenge:
  • How many phrasal verbs with call are given in today’s lesson? What other English phrase was mentioned?

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45 – How to Use Put On, Take Off, & Wear – English Vocabulary Lesson

This is me with one of my students. Nice clothes!

This is me with one of my students. Nice clothes!

Put on, take off, and wear are three verbs that are often confused in English. For today’s English lesson, let’s look at how these verbs are used in everyday English conversation.

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Yesterday’s listening challenge answer:
  • Cloth is either a fabric or a small towel. Clothes is what you wear on your body. Wear is also what you wear on your body, but we need to have a modifier before wear (like swimwear or casual wear.
  • What is the difference between clothes and wear?
Today’s listening challenge:
  • How does Michael usually dress at Happy English? How is this different from when he worked in his previous job?

Please feel free to write your answers in the comment box below.

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Episode 30 – Phrasal Verb Turn Up

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The phrasal verb turn up has a few different meanings and uses. Let’s learn this useful English vocabulary in today’s lesson.

Here are the example sentences

We use turn up to mean increase the volume or level. The opposite of turn up is turn down. Anything that has an up/down adjustment can be turned up or turned down.

  • Turn up the radio. I love this song.
  • Can you turn up the heat? It’s a little cold in here
  • If you turn up the gas on the stove, the water will boil faster.
  • I asked him twice to turn down the air conditioner, but it’s still cold in this room.

Turn up is also used to mean to arrive.

  • Brad turned up late for work and the boss was really angry.
  • I hope Jenny will come to the party. Everyone will be happy if she turns up.
  • I waited for Jack for over an hour, but he never turned up. I wonder what happened.

Lastly, turn upcan be used to mean “discover” or “result in” or “is found”

  • The police investigation turned up new clues about the murder.
  • I hope my lost wallet turns up at the reception desk.
  • Don’t worry about your cat. I am sure she will turn up soon.
Here are the answers to yesterday’s listening challenge questions
  • At a bar, Jack likes to talk to women.
  • When Jenny said, “got any plans for Friday?” she implied that she’d like Michael to be her new boyfriend!
Here is today’s listening challenge question
  • Why do people turn up the volume of their Mp3 players?

Please feel free to write your answers in the comment box below.

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