THE ISLE OF WIGHT - PHRASAL VERBS
Doesn't Huaraz from Lily's post sound a wonderful place to visit? I wish I could share a mate de coca with Lily and her husband, but I don't think my arms are long enough to reach Peru from England ;-)
Lily - your English is really descriptive; I look forward to correcting a few grammar points later on. I'll also reply to as many of the comments everyone else made on my last blog as I can!
I’m sorry for not writing sooner; this week has been a bit heavy at work, so I wasn’t my usual chirpy self. I recently got involved in planning and running new English courses, and I feel like the added responsibilities have all hit me at once!
However, life seems much better today. This weekend I’ve come away with my parents to the Isle of Wight, which is a beautiful, sleepy little island in the English Channel (or ‘The Sleeve’, as the French call it) just to the south of Portsmouth and Southampton. I’d like to tell you all a little bit about my day today.
This morning we woke up to radiant sunshine, and decided to go on a mini tour of the island. First, I had a few errands to run, so I popped out to the shops to pick up a few bits & bobs, then nipped back across the road to the hotel.
A thatched cottage. This type of roof is made with lots of small bundles of sticks - do you have anything similar in your country?
Then we set off in the car, and headed towards Ventnor, a quaint Victorian seaside town. When we got there, we strolled along the esplanade and climbed up the cliff path, from where we had a fantastic view of the Channel. By the time we got back down again, we were a little out of breath, so we stopped for a beer and a bowl of chips. Tucking into a big bowl of chips after a nice long walk probably wasn’t the healthiest thing to do, but I felt we’d earned it!
A typical English village church
After wandering back to the car, we carried on with the tour, stopping only to fill up with petrol, and drop something off at a friend’s house. They had been expecting us, but unfortunately, we turned up a bit late so they weren’t at home.
A couple of shaggy Highland cows in a field
I hope you’ll all forgive me this fairly anodyne account, but sometimes the most relaxing days are the ones where nothing exceptional happens...
chirpy = happy, talkative
radiant = bright, shining
quaint = old-fashioned, usually used to describe small English villages
out of breath = breathing heavily after exercise
shaggy = an adjective used to desribe an animal (especially a dog) with a long coat
anodyne = bland, harmless; perhaps unexciting
errands = places to go, people to see in town (e.g. collecting things, dropping things off)
bits & bobs = small items you need to get from the shops
esplanade = the stretch of pavement beside the sea in a town
to stroll = to walk at a leisurely pace
to tuck into = to start eating a large portion of food with great enthusiasm
You’ve earned it! = You deserve the reward for your hard work or efforts
to wander = to walk slowly, without a real sense of purpose
- movement; describing your daily routine
to pop out
to nip across (the road)
to set off
to head towards
to stroll along
to drop off
to turn up
Learning English Challenges:
1. Can you explain the meaning of the phrasal verbs above? Two of them are quite informal, and wouldn’t normally be used in an academic essay. Which two are they?
2. Without changing their meaning as they are used in the context of this blog, can you identify which one of the phrasal verbs above can be used with an object or pronoun between the verb and the preposition that follows it?
3. Can you write a few sentences using the 7 phrasal verbs above?
If you’re interested in finding out more about phrasal verbs, you might like to look at the ‘Face up to Phrasals’ page on the Learning English website.
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