Transcript for #4
Hello, this is Luke from Luke’s English Podcast and this year I’m teaching you a phrasal verb every day. Today’s phrasal verb is TO BOUNCE BACK.

Now, TO BOUNCE BACK, this means to recover. To become healthy, happy or successful again after something bad has happened.

Let’s see, for example, you might say:
– Did you hear about Paul?
– Yeah, his girlfriend dumped him. His girlfriend has left him. He’s really upset. I’m very worried about him.
– Yeah, but don’t worry. He’ll BOUNCE BACK. He usually does. :))))))))))))))))

So, TO BOUNCE BACK in this case means that Paul will get over the loss of his girlfriend. He is going to recover. He will feel better.

Okay? So, he will BOUNCE BACK. He usually does.

You can also use it to talk about something like the economy or a business.

for example: – “The economy has suffered after the economic crisis, but reports indicate that it will BOUNCE BACK in the next couple of years.”

So, TO BOUNCE BACK means to recover, to get better again.

– “He is very sad that his girlfriend is leaving him again, but he will BOUNCE BACK.”

Okay? Or – sport! You might use it in sport.

for example: Let’s see – “Andy Murray was two sets down against Federer, but he BOUNCED BACK and ultimately won the game.”

Alright? So it is TO BOUNCE BACK. I guess that TO BOUNCE BACK is a quite literal phrasal verb. I mean that the meaning of it is fairly clear based on the words.

The word BOUNCE is, of course, for example, if you drop a tennis ball or if you throw a tennis ball on ground it will BOUNCE and then come back. So TO BOUNCE BACK, you know, means that the ball can return to the original position, because it hits the floor and comes back. So TO BOUNCE BACK is fairly clear, I suppose.

So, that is one of the more literal phrasal verbs. You know that some phrasal verbs are literal meaning that the meaning is fairly clear based on the words in the phrase and some of phrasal verb are idiomatic which means it’s much harder to identify the meaning of the phrasal verb from the word used.

for example, if you consider the word TAKE OFF – “The plane TOOK OFF”. Is that a good example?

Okay, let’s say TO GIVE UP:

– TO GIVE UP SMOKING. It is not obvious from the word “GIVE” and the word “UP” that this means TO QUIT, does it? Is it? I mean.

for example: GIVE means you give a present, don’t you?

So, GIVE UP, why does it mean QUIT? So it is really idiomatic.

So, there are difficult phrasal verbs, the idiomatic ones and there are more easier ones, easier ones like more literal ones, like BOUNCE BACK, for example.

I hope you are not confused by what I have just said. Maybe you are sitting there or standing there – “What? What is going on?”. So probably you are feeling a bit confused. Don’t worry, you’ll BOUNCE BACK and everything will be alright.

See what I did? I used the phrasal verb. Yes.

Now, if you fancy it, why don’t you write a comment or leave a voice comment in which you use this expression TO BOUNCE BACK. I suggest you do that in order to practise. So use this expression TO BOUNCE BACK in a comment and that would be great! It would be good for you.

That is it for this one, there will be another one tomorrow.

Thanks for listening. Bye, bye, bye.