17 New English Phrasal Verbs for 2017
It’s the start of 2017 and – of course – at the start of a new year everyone’s talking about goals and resolutions. We have new hopes and dreams. We have new determination and motivation to succeed.
And that is awesome. I hope you’re feeling renewed and excited about your English opportunities in 2017. And my goal is to make sure you don’t burn out.*
In the future weeks of Confident English, we’ll focus on topics such as:
- Be Successfully Fluent in English
- How to Soften Your Language & Be Polite for Work
- Complex Grammar (Gerunds vs. Infinitives, for example)
- Useful Expressions for Daily Situations
And so much more.
But today we’re focused on one of your favorite topics: phrasal verbs!
Every week I want to challenge you and help you grow in your English. I want you to learn and use real-life English so you can be confident in any speaking situation.
To get you started for the new year, let’s start with some new vocabulary.
You know we have an endless list of phrasal verbs in English. So let’s add some new ones to your active, daily English vocabulary. I promise you’ll find some fun, interesting phrasal verbs in today’s lesson.
Are you ready to get started and make a big jump into 2017 with your English?
Then let’s go!
*Check out the lesson to learn what the phrasal verb to burn out means.
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17 New Phrasal Verbs in English
A little note: you might notice most of the example sentences below relate to celebrating the New Year. I’d love for you to share about your new year celebrations in the comments section below. It’s a great opportunity for you to practice these phrasal verbs with your own examples.
To brush up on
To improve, refresh one’s knowledge of something
Example: This year I’m hoping to travel to Italy so I need to brush up on my Italian skills. I haven’t studied it in over 10 years!! Hopefully I still remember some words and useful expressions.
To break up
To come to an end (marriage, relationship)
Example: Oh no! Did you hear that Lara and Tom broke up just a few days ago? I’m so bummed. They’re supposed to come to the New Year’s Eve party tonight… I’m not sure that they will. It might be too awkward.
To burn out
To become exhausted from overwork
Example: For 2017, My resolution is to find a better work/life balance. I love my job but I really felt burnt out by the end of the year.
To clam up
To refuse to speak; to be unable to speak
Example: Do you ever clam up when you’re feeling nervous in a second language? I do sometimes.
To dress up
To wear elegant, beautiful, or very nice clothes
Example: In my daily life I just wear casual clothes at work, so from time to time it feels nice to dress up and go out like for New Year’s Eve tonight.
To focus on
To concentrate on something
Example: Did you hear – our neighbors are throwing a huge new year celebration tonight? And I’ve got this massive exam to be studying for!!! I’m not sure how I’ll focus on my studies with all that music and noise.
To get away
To escape; to travel for a short period of time
Example: Let’s get away this weekend. I know the holidays are supposed to be relaxing but I just feel worn out and stressed. Is there somewhere close we could go to escape for a few days before we get back into our normal life routine?
To get out of
To avoid doing something; to avoid a situation
Example: Look, I love your family but I’d prefer to spend New Year’s Eve celebrating with our friends. Is there any way we could get out of dinner with them tonight?
To kick off
To begin, start
Example: Are you going to kick off the new year with any new goals?
To let down
To disappoint someone
Example: I’m so sorry to let you down but I can’t get out of dinner with my family tonight. Don’t have too much fun at the party without me.
To make up
To resolve a relationship problem; to cease or stop fighting/arguing
Example: After many long and sometimes angry discussions over finances, we’ve decided to compromise and just make up so we can move forward.
To nod off
To fall asleep
Example: Hey – could you drive for a bit? I’m getting too sleepy and I keep nodding off. Just give me an hour to nap and I’ll drive again. We only have a few hours to go.
To run into
To meet by accident or unexpectedly (also: bump into)
Example: Guess who I ran into at the grocery store?!? Josef! We haven’t seen him for years since we moved away from the old neighborhood, so I invited him over for dinner this week.
To shop around
To compare prices
Example: I’d love something new to wear to the party tonight so I’m going to shop around at the sales to see if I can find anything.
To stay up
to go to bed later than usual; to not go to bed until very late
Example: Did you stay up all night celebrating the new year?
To straighten up
To put things in order; to tidy or clean
Example: Oh my! This place is a disaster! This is the last time I’ll host an all-night party. It’s going to take all day to straighten up.
To try on
To wear something to see if it suits or fits
Example: Here – try this on! It might be exactly what you’re looking for to wear to the party tonight.
It’s Your Turn to Practice Phrasal Verbs
I’d LOVE to hear from you.
Take some time today to practice 2 or 3 of these new phrasal verbs with your own example sentence. Then come back tomorrow and in a few days to practice again. You can do so in the comments section below.
Or answer these two challenge questions:
- How did you celebrate your new year? Share some of your celebrations and traditions below.
- In your answer about how you celebrate the new year, try to use a few of the new phrasal verbs you’ve learned. Get real life practice and I’ll provide you with feedback.
Thank you so much for joining me and I look forward to seeing you next week!
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