New Phrasal Verb – Catch Up With Someone



Today we learn 2 expressions using the verb Catch. To catch up with somebody or to catch up on something. Enjoy :)

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Hey guys, you are listening to the English Made Simple show, this is episode number 151, number one hundred and fifty one, numero ciento cincuenta y uno.

Welcome to my old and new listeners, welcome to episode number 151, my name is Milena from
I am the host of the English Made Simple show, delivering awesome shows since March 2016.
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Of course, when I say gibberish, you know I am just joking. I am being sarcastic.
Now, let’s start today’s show.

It will be quite simple. Today’s show will be short and sweet.

Today I want to teach you a couple of expressions using the word Catch. There are so many different phrases with Catch but today I just want to teach you 2.

But first what is catch? Spelt as c-a-t-c-h. It’s also an irregular verb and the past tense is CAUGHT. Pronounced koot.

To catch is verb and it means to grab something.
Weon inteligente has been away recently, on a short holiday somewhere, god knows where.
He is back now. And he will tell us what the word catch means.

So, according to Weon Inteligente or the Online dictionary, to catch means to capture, to seize or to grab something.

If I throw a ball at you, you will want to catch it.

Great, hopefully that makes sense!

And now I want to teach you a couple of expressions using the word Catch.

These are the phrases I use often, and you will hear them being spoken by native speakers.

Listen carefully to the following phrase:

To catch up with someone or to catch up with somebody.
To catch up with somebody like with your friends or your cousins, means to meet them again at some stage and talk about what’s been happening since you last saw each other.

For example, as some of you know, I had moved to Adelaide from Melbourne. So every time I visit Melbourne (I did go once since I got here) – so every time I visit Melbourne I catch up with my friends in Melbourne. Like: Hey Ana, how are you doing? What’s been happening? What have you been up to? How have you been since our last catch-up?

A-ha, did you notice, I just used catch-up as a noun.
How have you been since our last catchup?

Now the next phrase I wanted you to learn is

To catch up on something / to catch up with something

According to Weon inteligente or the Online dictionary, to catch up on something is to do something because you didn’t have time to do it earlier.

For example: sorry Ana, I really can’t go out tonight, I have to catch up on my homework.
And then I’d say something like: I’d really love to catch up with you soon Ana, I am keen to know about your trip to Mexico.

And then I say, great. Catch ya later.
There we go amigos y amigas.

You’ve just learnt two expressions using the verb CATCH.
Too easy. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Thanks for joining me in today’s show.

You’ve been jamming with Milena from English Made Simple, until next time! Hasta la proxima!

Milena Vujnic

Milena Vujnic

Podcast Host at English Made Simple Podcast


Milena is the host of the English Made Simple Podcast and is passionate about helping English learners break their fear of speaking English so they can confidently make conversation and be understood by other English-speakers.

Milena lives in Australia with her Chileno husband and loves anything podcasting and online coaching and is honoured to be supporting and guiding immigrants from all over the world with her products, programs and coaching services.

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