#67 – TO INVEST IN


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Transcript
Hello everybody, here’s another phrasal verb for you and this one is “to invest in”, “invest in”.
I suppose the important thing to remember here or maybe the useful thing to remember is just the preposition “in” goes with the word “invest”.
We know the word “invest” in business. We use this word all the time. We use it with things like money and with time. You can invest money in something, you can invest time in something as well.
But in my experience in teaching people people often forget that you say “invest in”. Okay?
So “invest in” and “spend on”. Alright.
Spend money on, invest money in something. Alright. Let’s go through some of the rules of …
Let’s go through some of the meanings. Alright?
First of all to buy something, especially something that you need and that you will use a lot. You know, I think it’s time now I invested in a new computer for Luke’s English Podcast. Okay? It’s time I invested in some new recording equipment, for example. Alright?
Another one is to spend a lot of something, for example, time or effort for a particular purpose. Okay?
We, you know, you might say, we invest a major part of our lives in parenthood. Right.
If you’re willing to invest enough time and effort into studying then eventually you will reap the benefits and you’ll be able to speak and communicate more effectively in English.
To spend money, this is the third one. To spend money on something in order to improve it or to make it you more successful.
For example, the government believes in investing in education.
Successful companies earn that success by investing in training.
The University has invested significant sums in the development of its computer system.
Right, to put money into something because you get a return from it later. Yeah.
You know, when I was younger I cleverly invested in Facebook. I didn’t really invest, bad example. I invested in technology companies when I was younger. And thankfully I’ve got a good return on my investment now.
Just an example, it’s not true. I didn’t invest in anything, I’m not clever enough to do that.
And yes, so that leads us to the next example which is to put money into a company, for example, by buying shares because you expected to be successful. You invest in a company. Alright? Okay. There’s loads more to say about investments and investing money into things. Loads of things to say about that.
But I’m afraid we’re going to have to wait for me to eventually start Luke’s Business English Podcast. It’s an idea which is being growing in a back of my mind for a long time. I never really talk about business on the podcast. But I teach business English all the time. And I’m very interested in business and all of the issues and things relating to it, and also just to general bits of English that we use in and around our working lives. But that’s just going to have to wait for Luke’s Business English Podcast which may come at some point in the future. I mean I’ve already got enough on my plate, as it is, haven’t I with the podcast and the phrasal verbs?
But, you know, I must be a workaholic or something because I just can’t stop giving myself more work to do.
That’s it for this episode. Stay tuned because there will be another one arriving on the internet sometime very soon. But for now it’s goodbye.

  • María José

    I had to invest a mayor part of my savings in buying this computer, but I´m so happy about it.
    I think you invest a lot of time in worrying too much about everything, don´t do it and just live.
    I wish the Spanish government would believe in investing in education.

  • kamil

    I’ve invested a lot of time in English. I wonder if it’ll pay off in the future. What am I saying?. It has already paid off. I can make myself understood. Every day I reap benefits of it and it’s a great advantage for me to know English. I’ve never really invested in buisness. I’m a student and I don’t have a lot of money so it’s impossible. Luke don’t worry, I have a lot on my plate too. Sometimes it’s to much. But we, language learners, appreciate what you do for us. You’ve invested so much in this project. I hope you’re doing well.