30 day challenge! I challenge you to learn 30 phrasal verbs in 30 days: increase your vocabulary. Today we will learn phrasal verbs with WALK: walk off, walk away, walk in, walk into, walk over.
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This is the Rachel’s English 30-Day Challenge! Learn 30 phrasal verbs in 30 days! Jumpstart your vocabulary in 2017. Today is Day 19 and we’re studying phrasal verbs with “walk”.
Don’t walk off until you’ve learned this phrasal verb.
Walk off means to leave abruptly maybe because you’re upset. The actor got mad and walked off the set. Or, if you’re arguing with a friend and she turns to leave you might, please don’t just walk off, let’s figure this out. “Walk off with” means to steal. Someone walked off with the earrings.
There’s also a phrase to walk something off. This is when you walk to change your feeling about something. If someone’s really angry, you might say, “Why don’t you walk it off, and then we’ll talk about it.” The idea is that it will calm you down. As a kid, I remember my Dad saying this to me in sports a lot. If something happened like I got hit with a ball, or something that hurt, but not very badly, my Dad would say, “That’s okay, walk it off, walk it off.”
Walk away means to leave a situation. For example, it’s hard to walk away from an abusive relationship. Or, you can’t just walk away from your problems. You can also use walk out this way. When you walk out, you leave something. The students walked out at noon to show opposition to the war. That means they all just got up and left. We also use this with marriages or relationships: when two people are living together and someone ends the relationship and moves out unexpectedly. He walked out on her last year. He walked out on his responsibilities.
To walk in on something means to interrupt: I walked in on an intense conversation. It also means to find someone doing something they didn’t want you to see. If you don’t lock the bathroom door, someone might walk in on you. Or, she walked in on her parents having sex.
Walk into can be used a couple of different ways. It can be used when you find yourself in an expected situation. I walked right into his trap. Or, I walked right into that joke, meaning, I didn’t know it was a joke until the very end. It can also mean to get something easily. She just walked into a job at the law firm.
To walk over someone doesn’t mean you are literally stepping on someone. It means you take advantage of that person, you don’t treat him or her with respect. We use it with “all”. You can’t just let your boss walk all over you.
If you walk through something, you practice it or think through the steps. If you’re rehearsing a play, you might say, let’s walk through that scene one more time. Or, if you thinking about a complicated situation, you might say, let’s walk through the possibilities one more time.
Walk up means, literally, to go up stairs, but it also means to approach. She walked up to the manager and asked for a job.
Walk. Some people find the pronunciation of this word difficult. So, let’s simplify it. First, the L is silent. Pretend it’s not there. So we have just have three sounds. W, then the AW as in LAW vowel, wa-. Lips are in a tight circle for the W, then relax out. Wa-, aw. The tongue lifts a little bit in the back, aw. I don’t actually have a very distinct AW vowel, I pronounce it a bit more like the AH as in FATHER vowel -AH where the lips are more relaxed, wa-, walking walk. If you pronounce it with more of an AW vowel, wa– walking. Aw- aw- aw- your lips will stay a little bit more rounded.
At the end, a K sound. Back of the tongue lifts and touches the soft palate, then releases. Kk. Walk.
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