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Funky Phrasals
 
 
 
 
Clothes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clothes shopping

CLOTHES
Funky Phrasals brings you some useful ways of talking about clothes.

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



Funky Phrasals
• to try on
• to dress up
• to put on
Part 1A - Listening
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Part 1B - Reading
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STUDIO MANAGER:Callum’s just arrived – so we’ll start in 30 seconds …
VICKI:Oh there you are, Callum… At last … Where have you been? You’re late!
CALLUM:I’m sorry … I’m sorry I’m late … I went shopping … and I forgot all about the programme.
VICKI:Well, you’re here now - thank goodness!
CALLUM:Just in time!
VICKI:What’s in your bags?

I love to try on new clothes.


CALLUM:I’ve just been buying some new clothes – I’ve got a brand new outfit.
VICKI:Wow! That’s fantastic … Because first today, I want to talk about clothes and what we wear.
VICKI:Why don’t you tell us about your shopping trip and your new outfit.
CALLUM:I love to try on new clothes.
VICKI:Yes, I like seeing if clothes in shops fit me or not, too.
CALLUM:I’m doing some TV work later, and I have to dress up.
VICKI:Yes, you better wear smart clothes if you’re going on TV.
CALLUM:So that’s why I bought this new outfit, Vicki. I’m going to put on this brand new suit and tie!
VICKI:Very nice. Well I’m not putting on smart clothes later - I’ve got to do some gardening so I need to wear my scruffy old clothes instead.


Part 1C - More examples
Here are some more examples of these phrasal verbs in use:
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Funky Phrasals
• to dress down
• to take off
Part 2A - Listening
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Part 2B - Reading
Read the conversation

VICKI:So, Callum, you’ll be getting dressed up later - before you go to the BBC television studios.
CALLUM:Yes … but to tell you the truth, Vicki … I prefer working in radio.
VICKI:You prefer radio?
CALLUM:That’s right. You can dress down in a radio studio.
VICKI:What do you mean?
CALLUM:You can dress down. You can wear something casual. There’s no need to get dressed up.
VICKI:Well, I always try to make an effort to look smart, Callum!!
CALLUM:Yes of course, … you always look fantastic, Vicki. But you don’t have to dress up for radio. The audience can’t see you!

You can dress down in a radio studio.


VICKI:Ah I see what you mean. In TV the audience can see you, so you have to look your best.
CALLUM:Exactly. You have to dress up. You put on something smart … so you look the part.
VICKI:Yes I suppose if you’re on TV, you have to look like a TV presenter should, you have to be dressed right.
CALLUM: But in radio, the listeners can’t see you … so we can dress down if we want to.
VICKI:Yes I suppose even I sometimes wear jeans sometimes to work.
CALLUM:Exactly. On radio, I can take off my tie! I can even take off my shoes!
VICKI:I don’t think so, Callum! You don’t have to wear your tie - you can take that off if you want to … but please don’t take off your shoes!!


Part 2C - More examples
Here are some more examples of these phrasal verbs in use:
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