#54 – TO GET UP

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Hello everybody. This is Luke’s speaking.
And today I’m going to teach you another phrasal verb.
I’ve decided to record this one in a kind of low and discreet sounding voice. This might be the voice of a radio presenter on a late night radio show. So it might be something like,
Good evening ladies and gentlemen.
Welcome to the phrasal verbs sessions here on late night radio.
Today’s phrasal verb is “to get up”. “to get up”. And it’s pretty straight forward really this one.
The first meaning of course is “to get out of” bed in the morning. For example,
-“What time do you get up in the morning?” -“I get up at six a.m.” , for example.
You can also get somebody up, meaning “wake someone up and make them get out of bed”.
“Could you get me up at eight in the morning, please?” Okay, for example.
Now, be careful here.
You should remember that this is a separable phrasal verb “to get somebody up”.
You don’t get up somebody, no. You shouldn’t say that because it sounds a bit rude. If you can imagine that you physically get up somebody, yes. It’s rude, isn’t it? It’s inappropriate.
Watch out for that one. I remember once a student of mine in one of my classes made that mistake. He said to me, every morning I get up at eight o’clock and then I get up my sister.”
And I thought, do you really? That’s a little bit too much information. What you do in your private life is really your business. There’s no need for you to share that kind of thing with me. Do you get the joke ladies and gentlemen? Do you get it? To get up your sister would obviously mean committing an act of incest. And I certainly don’t condone that. Anyway what am I trying to say, “get someone up”, not “get up someone”. If you “get up someone” it sounds a bit rude. Right.
So we’ve got that kind of waking up in the morning one. Alright.
Another one would be a slightly sexual one. For some reason this is a slightly sexual podcast. You didn’t expect that, did you? Welcome to the late night sexual phrasal verb episodes.
So the next meaning of this phrase “to get it up”. For example, you might say,
“He can’t get it up anymore.” And if a man can’t get it up it means that he can’t get his penis to be erect. He can’t get an erection anymore. “He can’t get it up anymore.”
“After he’s had a few beers he just can’t get it up.”, for example. Okay. Let’s see.
We also have the expression “get up and go”. If you have a lot of “get up and go”…
Now, “get up and go” is a noun, alright. Like a fixed noun.
If you have a lot of “get up and go” it means you have a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Okay.
For example, you might say, “You know, he seemed to be so energetic and virile. He had so much “get up and go” and then we went out for a few drinks.” This is a girl speaking. “We went out for a few drinks and he was so charming and enthusiastic and he said to me, Yes, I’m so virile. I get up at six o’clock in the morning every day! And I thought this guy is amazing. And then we went back to his place and he couldn’t get it up. Oh, what a disappointment.”
Okay, that’s the end of this rather strange episode of Luke’s phrasal verb sessions, the late night sexual episode. They’re not always like this. If this is the first one you’ve ever listened to Then normally it’s… NORMALLY I speak a bit more like this. Hello, welcome to Luke’s English Podcast. And it’s all very normal and clean. But for some reason this time I decided to speak to you like this. You know, you have to enjoy your life, don’t you? And sometimes, I think, if I’m going to keep doing these phrasal verb things every day I’m going to have to enjoy it myself too. Don’t you think? I think that’s probably a good idea.
Anyway, that’s the end of this one. I hope that you managed to stay awake during this. And I’ve got no idea what you’re doing while listening to it. If you are driving a truck in the middle of the night through the middle of nowhere somewhere then, you know. Just keep your eyes on the road, keep your ears tuned to Luke’s phrasal verb sessions. For now it’s good night.