After spending the weekend in Madrid and paying a visit to the Reina Sofia art gallery to see Guernica again, I thought some phrasal verbs/ expressions related to everyday conflict could be a good idea.
- To fall out with sb – When you have an argument/ you are no longer on speaking terms. You can also make it into a noun, eg. we had a fall out/ a falling out.
- To fight off – To defend yourself from an attacker, either a physical one or an illness eg. I’m fighting off a cold at the moment.
- To gang up on sb – When people get together to attack an individual in a fight or a discussion.
- To lay into sb – When sb attacks sb rather fiercely, with physical violence or their words.
- To stand up to sb – To be confident in your position and to confront your opposition.
What with today being Valentine’s day and all, the language of love deserves a look in. Back in the day when technology was limited and people had to pluck up the courage to talk to people they fancied, the cheesy chat up line was king. Here are my top 5 faves:
- Did it hurt? (What?) Falling out of heaven.
- Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?
- If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together.
- I lost my number. Can I have yours?
- You must be tired; you’ve been running through my mind all night.
I really hope that lot didn’t make you throw up!!
Why not take the opportunity to cosy up to some love-related phrasal verbs:
- Ask sb out= To ask someone to go on a date
- Chat sb up= To talk to sb for the first time who you fancy
- Fall for sb= To fall in love with somebody
- Get (back) together= To (re)start a relationship
- Go out with sb= To go on a date/be dating sb
- Make up= To reconcile after an argument
And for if things go sour:
- Break up/ split up = To end a relationship
- Break down= To be in an emotional crisis
- Cheat on sb= To be unfaithful/have an affair
- Drift apart= To lose closeness in a relationship
- Put up with sb/sthg= To tolerate/ deal with
Ok, time to go. It’s not you, it’s me. Honestly.
Here’s a link to a website with explanations of phrasal verbs related to family relationships with some multiple choice practice.
No need to do the legwork
Either use as extra support or take a look before your lesson, swot up!
The wonder of words
If you haven’t got to know flo-joe and the site’s amazing resources yet, here’s a link to their FCE word bank. There is a new phrasal verb (with context), formation activity and collocation each day. It literally takes 2 minutes to look. If you know it already, a pat on the back for you and you can be on your way, but if you don’t……don’t you think you should?
Valentine’s (phrasal) verbs
A good selection of phrasal verbs related to romance. I love you guys that much!