• English Phrasal Verbs: Christmas Movie Edition

    My all time favorite Christmas film is A Christmas Story. A lot of my friends and family think I’m just being sentimental, but I just think the movie is really funny. The movie follows Ralphie Parker during the weeks prior to Christmas, as he tries to convince his parents to buy him a BB Gun for a present, fights bullies, gets in trouble for swearing for his first time, and battles cold midwestern U.S. weather.

    The movie is written by Jean Shepherd, who uses a very natural, spoken English style that you can hear this style in dialogue throughout the movie. As most of my students know, natural spoken English relies on a lot more phrasal verbs than formal or written English, and you’ll find a lot of them in the clip from the movie below. You’ll also notice the word “gonna” used in place of “going to” and “ya” instead of you.

    Here is a list of phrasal verbs from this clip. Watch it and see if you can figure out what each one means:

    1. to get ready
    2. to put down
    3. to come on
    4. to wait up
    5. to get up
    6. to sit up

    Unfortunately, this clip cannot be embedded, but you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here. Click here to find out about our special Christmas prices we’re offering for the next few weeks.

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