Listening Exercise: Phrasal Verbs with Get


How to use this listening exercise:

This audio clip was recorded and created by me to give you examples on how to use phrasal verbs with the word “get” natively. The script is written at the bottom of this post, but don’t scroll down yet!

First, listen to the audio and see how much you can understand. Second, read the questions and listen again. Can you answer them? If not, listen to the audio and read along. Check your answers below!


1 | Listen


2 | Test yourself:

  1. How many times was the word “get” used in the clip?

  2. “Get up",” and “got up,” are both used. What is the difference in meaning?

  3. Why did they need to leave early?

  4. What does “I get it,” mean in this clip?

  5. What did the speaker want their brother to do?

  6. What does “get behind” mean?


4 | Listen and Read Along:

Get up! Get up! We are going to be late!”

I yawned and got out of bed. My mother was yelling at me from downstairs.

Get up! There is a lot of traffic and we will need to take the long way to work to get around it.”

I got up, brushed my teeth, put on my clothes, and went down stairs.

“Sorry I had to shout at you,” she apologized. “I just saw on the news that there was a big wreck. We’ll need to get out of the house 20 minutes early so you can get to school on time.”

I sat down at the table next to my brother, “It’s okay. I get it. Do we have time for a quick breakfast?”

My little brother showed me a picture of a bug from his science textbook. “Gross! Get that away from me. You know that I hate bugs.”

My mother handed me my backpack, “Come on, guys. Try to get along. We don’t have time for breakfast. But if we leave now, we will probably get ahead of schedule enough to pick something up on the way there.”

“Okay, that’s an idea I can get behind,” I said.

She tossed me the car keys and said, “Go get in the car. I will be there soon!”


Click here for answers:

  1. "Get" was used 12 times during the audio.
  2. "Get up," means that to wake up. "Got out," means that they left the bed.
  3. They needed to leave early because there was a traffice accident.
  4. "I get it," is slang for "I understand."
  5. The brother showed the their sister a picture of a bug.
  6. "Get behind," means to support.

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