Keep up – Phrasal Verb



I hope you can keep up with today’s episode, I tried to speak at a slower pace. You will also learn 3 new phrases. Enjoy :)

Episodes mentioned

[152 SPECIAL] Interview With My Evil Twin Sister



Hey amigos y amigas, you are listening to the English Made Simple show, this is episode number 153, number one hundred and fifty three, numero ciento cincuenta y tres.

Welcome back guys, my name is Milena from

Let me ask you this question: Are you tuning in for the first time? Then welcome, where have you been all my life?
Are you tuning in for the 153rd time? If so, then welcome back it’s nice to have you back this week.

Just tells me that I am doing something right.

Guys, did you enjoy the interview with my Evil twin sister? I hope you did, and I hope you were able to follow it as well.

I was testing my editing skills, my audio skills and trying to add different sound effects, why not spice things up a bit! Hope enjoyed that. If you’ve listened till the end of the show, you would’ve heard my sister laugh in a scary voice. She was leaving on a broomstick and laughing like a witch.

Well, now that she is gone we can relax a bit and carry on with our regular segment, with our normal segment of the show.

I hope you were able to keep up with the interview from the last episode.
I did speak a bit faster than normal, so I hope you were able to keep up and catch all the phrases.

What I’ve done, I’ve actually summarised them for you and I put them all in the notes. You can go to my website, and find the phrases there. Just search for Episode 152. All you have to do is click on the Podcast link at the top.

Right, today I want to teach you one phrasal verb – just one verb – and it is to do with the verb to keep.

To keep something means to have it in your possession.

There are many phrases you can create using the word Keep. But today, I want to teach you about the phrasal verb Keep up.

When you add the preposition UP, it changes the meaning of the word KEEP.

So I used an example earlier just now, I hope you were able to keep up with the interview from the last episode.

And guess what, you can also use it together with the word WITH.

Keep up with – 3 words now. 3 words you have to remember!

I hope you were able to keep up with interview.

You know what, let’s bring in Weon Inteligente to the show.

According to Weon Inteligente or the Online Dictionary, to keep up means:

To follow at the same speed.

I hope you were able to keep up. I hope you were able to follow the interview at the same speed.

Does this make sense? Great. Awesome!

So you are probably thinking now, wow, finally I understood what Keep up means. Finally! Phew. you can relax now!

And to that I say, wait. I am not done yet. There is another meaning to this phrasal verb.

According to Weon Inteligente it can also mean to:

Continue to do something

For example, well done on your homework. You’ve done a really good job. Keep up the good work.

If someone is giving you a compliment or telling you are doing a great job with something, it could be at work or at home…. People will tend to use this phrase. Keep up the good work!

This means, continue to do excellent work. Continue to do great work.

Oooh wow, Milena. Now it makes sense.
I know, right?

But wait, there’s more. There is another meaning to this phrasal verb.

It can also mean to prevent someone from going to bed. Completely random now!

For example, I would love to tell you a story but it’s getting late, and I don’t want to keep you up.

Keep you up – as in keep you awake.

In other words, I don’t want to prevent you from going to sleep.

Are there other meanings of this phrase?
Yes, yes there are. There are plenty more! But I don’t want to confuse you anymore. I think this is enough for now.

The phrases I shared in today’s episode are one of the most common phrases you will hear spoken by native speakers.

So I hope you were able to keep up with today’s episode.

And if you have enjoyed today’s episode then I would like to share something really exciting with you. I am starting a new program this month in the month of November 2017, it is a Speaking program and the goal is to make you speak English. It’s all about speaking. That’s what everyone wants at the end of the day is to speak!

The program starts on 20th November it is available to 4 people only. I like to keep it small, because you will learn more at the end. And guess what you will have my undivided attention, you’ll have my full attention during the 3 weeks. The program runs for 3 weeks!

I will provide more details in the next episode of English Made Simple. So stay tuned and you can learn more about it next week.

That’s it for today, thanks for joining me in today’s show. You’ve been jamming with Milena from and Remember keep up the good work! You’ve been an awesome audience, catch ya next time…. Hasta la proxima!

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