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Funky Phrasals
 
Childhood
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Life - childhood

CHILDHOOD
Funky Phrasals brings you some useful ways of talking about your childhood.

To make things easier, we have broken the phrasal verbs down into two parts.



Funky Phrasals
• to take someone back
• to grow up
• to bring up
Part 1A - Listening
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Part 1B - Reading
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VICKI: I’d like to start by talking about your early life - your childhood...
CALLUM: My childhood?
VICKI: Yes, I want to take you back, to remember your childhood….
CALLUM: So we’re going back in time?
VICKI: Yes and on the journey we'll be meeting lots of phrasal verbs, so let’s take you back in time now!

My parents didn't bring me up too strictly.


VICKI:So, Callum, where were born?
CALLUM:I was born in Scotland.
VICKI:And where did you live as a child?
CALLUM:Well…I grew up in a town called New Milton which is on the South Coast of England, between Bournemouth and Southampton.
VICKI:So you grew up there - you spent your childhood there. And what kind of upbringing, did you have? I mean were your parents strict with you?
CALLUM:I guess my parents didn’t really bring me up too strictly.


Part 1C - More examples
Here are some more examples of these phrasal verbs in use:
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Funky Phrasals
• to stand up for yourself
• to get on
Part 2A - Listening
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Part 2B - Reading
Read the conversation

VICKI:So your upbringing - the way your parents brought you up, wasn’t too strict?CALLUM:Well, I was always told to be polite and have respect and so on, but they tried to let me make my own mistakes. I think it was because they wanted me to be able to stand up for myself.
VICKI:Well, yes - being able to stand up for yourself, being independent and confident is important!
CALLUM:Yeah, you need to stand up for yourself in this world.!

You need to stand up for yourself!


VICKI:Anyway, what about brothers and sisters? Do you have any?
CALLUM:Yes I've got an older brother and a younger sister.
VICKI:Do you get on with them?
CALLUM:Yes, we get on well - we have a great time when we see each other.
VICKI:So you get on well now, but what about when you were children? Didn't you ever use to fight?
CALLUM:Well sometimes of course, but even as children we got on quite well - we used to play together a lot.
VICKI:Well you were very lucky - I didn’t get on with my brother very well at all when we were children - we used to argue about everything!


Part 2C - More examples
Here are some more examples of these phrasal verbs in use:
Listen to the examples
Download the text and examples (15k pdf)



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