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Some Food and Drink Phrasal Verbs to Expand Your English Vocabulary

have… dedicated this month to expansion, so not ONLY will we give you some hot new phrasal verbs, we are going to expand our over all vocabulary in everyone’s favorite area: food and drink.

Because there are dozens of other verbs and phrases that you use to refer to shoving food in your face.

Mama’s 7 favorite verbs to talk about eating

  1. to feast – to eat as if it were Christmas (All.Day.Long!) Example: I feasted on a delicious beef stew last night.
  2. to gobble – this one comes from Thanksgiving and our tendency to feast on turkey, who happens to say “gobble gobble gobble. Example: Sharon is a pig! She gobbled down those pastries faster than a stray dog!
  3. to wolf – to eat quickly like a wild animal. Example: Did you even breathe? You wolfed your dinner!
  4. to nibble – to eat like a bird, taking small bites but not eating the whole meal. Example: 1. Are you O.K.? Be barely touched your food? 2. I nibbled before coming.
  5. to snack – eating things like cookies and chips and crackers but never actually eating a meal. Example: Don’t snack too much! You won’t have room for dinner!
  6. to munch – this is a lot like snacking. Example: I hate eating big meals. I prefer to munch all day.
  7. to binge – you all know this one from watching series. It is where you eat nonstop. Example: Whenever I am depressed I binge ice cream like it is going out of style.

Verbs you can use instead of drink

  1. to guzzle – to drink without coming up for air. Example: My daughter guzzles milk like a baby calf.
  2. to down – this one is very similar to guzzle. Example: What did you do on Friday night? I downed a six pack of beer with a friend. (you drank it but likely quickly)

Phrasal Verbs for eating

  1. To whip up – you know those people who can make a cake in like 20 minutes flat without a recipe and without using a box? (ehem, I may or may not be one of those people). Example: Shall I whip up some brownies for after dinner?
  2. To throw back – This could also be used for drinks – and has to do with eating quickly and plentifully. Example: At the Cinco de Mayo party we threw back dozens of tacos and margaritas!

Phrasal Verbs to refer to eating less

  1. To cut back on / cut down on – when there is a food item that you want to eat less of but not necessarily eliminate completely. Example: I am going to cut back on processed flour.
  2. To cut out – To eliminate completely from your diet. Example: If you suffer from Celiac Disease, you have to cut out all foods that contain gluten.

So, here is the thing…

All these words are good and dandy and all, but if you don’t put them into practice it is the same as if you had never read this post.

So, here is your call to action.

  1. Chose your favorite word or phrase
  2. Hop on over to our Facebook group
  3. Post a sentence to show you have learned something.

Come on! YOU CAN DO IT! 

Phrasal Verbs Shouldn’t Make You Scream

Phrasal Verbs Shouldn’t Make You Scream

It seems like every time I ask someone, “What is the most difficult part of English?” the answer is always the same.

“PHRASAL VERBS!” they scream.

And they are correct.

But have no fear, we are going to try our best to help you learn them. From now on, every month we will include a phrasal verb activity and/or exercise based on one of the main topics we will be focusing on during the entire month.

This month’s topic: Collaboration

But before we get there, let’s start with the basics. What is a phrasal verb?

Well it is a verb followed by a preposition that, in turn, changes the meaning of the verb.

So to turn on the light is not necessarily a phrasal verb – though some might argue with me – it is more of a colloquialism or two words that almost always appear together in a specific context. But if I say he turns me on (note the object pronoun in the middle)  I am referring to being attracted to someone. Get it?

GREAT!

No, where was I? Right, collaboration! What does it mean to collaborate?

Well, according to the dictionary:

Collaboration is a verb (intransitiveoften followed by on or with, to work with another or others on a joint project. In other words, to work together. (psst! That is one of the phrasal verbs!)

But what does it really mean?

For us it means to set your ego aside, to work as a team, and to capitalize on each individuals resources and skills in order to maximize your learning. This requires some prior communication about what exactly each person will bring to the table and the role they will play.

So, how can we talk about collaboration without actually using the word collaborate?

Well as I mentioned before, we can work together, or we can come together as a team or team up, we can get together on something which would mean we need to, not only work with each other but also agree. If we are talking about commerce we might do business with someone, which is more of a colloquialism than a phrasal verb but useful in this context nonetheless.

Let’s put it to practice!

If you received our last newsletter, you would have seen that we are teaming up with The English Studio for a night of Fish and Quiz! We have never worked together before, and many people have asked me, “aren’t you worried about doing business with your competitor?” To which I respond with “Collaboration is constructive. When you truly collaborate with someone, there is no room for the destruction of competition.” When you team up with someone, there is no ‘I’.

Can you use them in context? Join our Facebook group and send us your answers in the comments of the corresponding post!

The Uses of Get

The Uses of Get

Get is quite possibly the most difficult aspect to the English language. The reason is, while it has dozens of colloquial uses in the form of phrasal verbs like: get down, get together, and get along. Another reason is that we also use get to replace other verbs like: acquire, receive, become and provoke.

“I get paid on Friday” or “I get my paycheck on Friday.”

  • To get paid – get + adjective
  • To get my paycheck – receive + noun

So, with this in mind, we can use get when speaking about feelings: get nervous, get excited, get scared. We also use get when we talk about receiving a thing: get a letter in the mail, get a raise at work, get lunch with a friend.

But there are a few other contexts that GET might replace another verb. Let’s take a look.

To acquire or receive something – “I got the best birthday present this year.” “I got an email from Sarah today.”

To become (feeling!) – “I got annoyed with all the loud noise.” “I always get car sick on long drives.”

To arrive – “What time did you get home last night?”

To fetch – “Would you please get my purse for me? It is by the front door.”

To understand – “I didn’t get the joke.”

Finally, the most difficult part is understanding the context.

If I say, “Did you get it?” It could be referring to a thing, like, “Did you get the job?” Or in another context, it could be referring to a joke that you didn’t understand. So context is key!

Then of course we have our phrasal verbs. Here are few of the ones we use the most.

More literal meaning: Get on/off/ – the bus, the plane. “We got on the bus at 10:00 A.M.”

Get over – to overcome. “My sister is angry with me for forgetting her birthday but she will get over it.”

Get along – to have a friend relationship with someone. “I get along really well with Vanessa.”

Get through – to endure something, usually difficult. “This year has been difficult, but we will get through it.”

Get off – to have the audacity to do something. “Where do you get off calling me a bitch?!”

Get together – to have an intimate meeting. “The whole family got together for dinner tonight.”

Get back together – to have a reunion – “Did you hear? Susan and Matt are getting back together!”