Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

These phrasal verbs will boost your score higher when you get a question about friends or your social life on the Speaking test.

*Bonus phrase for today: To cut to the chase

What does it mean? It means to get to the point. You can use this on Speaking Part 3 if you are veering off topic. It will instantly increase your score because it’s natural and native-like.

Today we are talking about phrasal verbs!

In IELTS Speaking Part 1 you are asked about what you do on the weekends or what you do with friends.

Phrasal verbs you can use:

  • To hang out: To spend time. Example: “We like to hang out at the bar.”
    • This phrasal verb is common. It is a good one to use but it won’t set you apart from other students because it’s too common so it may get you a 6 and not a 7. You can use this but make sure you use some of the other phrasal verbs in today’s episode also.


  • To run into: To encounter, to cross paths with someone without expecting to see them. Example: “I ran into an old friend while I was downtown shopping.”


  • To show up: To arrive somewhere (this has an unexpected feeling to it). Example: “I was hanging out at the park and all of a sudden my friend showed up out of nowhere”


  • To talk into: To convince someone to do something. Example: “I talked my friends into staying out late on Sunday night even though they had to work in the morning”



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  • To look  (someone) up: To find someone’s contact information or to find them on Facebook. Example: “Let’s connect next week. Look me up on Facebook”


  • To catch up: To talk with someone you haven’t spoken with in a while. Example: “Let’s meet for coffee and catch up next week”



If you use any of these phrasal verbs you will get a 7 or higher. If you use “hang out” you will get a 6 on your speaking test.

Try to memorize these phrasal verbs and use them when you practice the speaking test.

Write down the examples you heard in today’s episode.


When you get into our course you can join the 3 Keys Power Hour and practice these with Jessica.

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