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Hello. This is Luke speaking, Luke from Luke’s English Podcast, and I am whispering to you in this one for no reason at all. In fact, well, to be honest, the main reason I am whispering to you like this is to creat a sense that this is somehow very important and very special information which I am only giving to you. Okey. So really I am whispering not because of a secret but just because I want to create the sense this is really important information. Okey. So listen very carefully because I am going to tell you only once.

This phrasal verb today is TO KICK OFF. It is nothing to do with I am whispering, in fact I could stop whispering that is a bit ridiculous. I think I have got your attention, haven’t I? Yes, I have. Good. So TO KICK OFF. This has got few meanings.

One of them is when a football match begins, the beginning of the football game, you get kick off or the game kicks off . You know, the game kicks off 7.30 for example. That is when the game begins by one player is kicking the ball in the beginning of the game. So we talk about kick off or when a game kicks off. But we do not just use to kick off to refer to like a football game. We also use it to explain that something has started. So it could be a meeting, let’s say or a show, the show kicks off at 8 o’clock, so do not be late, for example. Let’s, I thought, we just kick the meeting off by talking about the latest sales figures from last month. That would be fascinating meeting, wouldn’t it? We are going to kick off this tour of London by starting here at the Tower of London. There you go, to kick of the tour. So it just means to start, alright.

Now, here is another meaning of the phrase kick off, and it is used in passive form, meaning TO BE KICKED OFF, or TO GET KICKED OFF. It means that someone is forced to leave a place, alright. To be forced to leave. For example, we got kicked off the ground of the Tower of London for playing football on the grass, and a guard came over and kicked us off. Meaning that we got ejected or told to leave.

Have I been kicked off anything? No I haven’t. Because I am a law abiding citizen. If, for example, I do not know, you can imagine some teenagers, like playing on some kid rides, and the park warden was saying, look, you get off those rides, because you are not kids, you are too big for those rides, get off them, and then you know, we got kicked off the ride in the park today.

To get kicked off, to be kicked off. You can also kick off your shoes as well. If you kick off your shoes, when you kind of take the shoes off without necessarily using your feet. What! without using your hands, you just kind of using your feet to kick off the shoes and it is synonyms for relaxing. So, sit down, relax, and kick off your shoes and let’s kick off the movie, shall we. Right. That is it. Alright. I will speak to you again soon.

Alright. That is the end of this. Quickly . We have to end this meeting very quickly because police are coming and we can not let them find out I have been teaching you phrasal verbs free. I do not know why they would be worried about that, but they would be. This is the end of this slightly ridiculous and slightly stupid phrasal verb episode. Speak to you again soon.

  • kamil

    Luke the party kicks off at 7 p.m. Get over here and let’s have a drink ! After listening to this riveting podcast I’ll kick of my shoes. Last Sunday I went to the cinema with my girl, but we got kicked off because we had forgotten to take our tickets from home.

  • Conchita

    Hi the best teacher on the world, I don’t know what does the phrasal verb ‘carry on’ mean. I know ‘carry out’, which means performed. Luke, explain please. I really appreciate it.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks a lot my new friend, if you allow me to call you that. I’m from Brazil and I just found your web site almost by chance and since then I visit it every day. I think that, from now on, my poor English will improve more and more each day. THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • You’re welcome!
      Now, as a return favour, can you let England win the World Cup?

  • Eugenia

    Thank you for all your work!
    I know you said that you will carry on with these phrasal verbs and I want to tell you that your explanations really help me as I live in England and so I can better understand native speakers.