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Starting a New School

Marina’s family recently moved to England because of her mum and dad’s new jobs. It’s her first day of school and she is trying to make new friends…

Sara:  Hi! Are you new here?

Marina: Yes, I am, I’ve just moved here. My name is Marina. It’s nice to meet you…

Sara: I’m Sara, nice to meet you too! Where are you from, Marina?

Marina: I’m from Spain. Well, my dad is from Spain, but my mum is English. We moved here a week ago because of my dad’s new job.

Sara: Great! So, you speak Spanish?

Marina: Yes, and French too. My grandpa is French.

Sara: That’s amazing! Do you travel a lot then?

Marina: Yes, well mostly during the summer holidays. We usually visit my grandparents in France.

Sara: Do you think you could help me to learn French and Spanish?

Marina: Absolutely – I’d be happy to help, and you can come over to my house and practice with my family too!

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Starting a New School


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To run through something

To practice or repeat something from beginning to end.

Let’s run through the song one more time before we perform.

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To fall behind (with

To fail to do something on time or fast enough.

1.  He missed most of classes and fell behind with his schoolwork.

2.  He didn’t come to class for weeks so he fell behind.

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To drop out (of)

To quit before you have finished something.

1.  He dropped out of school 2 months before he was due to complete his exams.

2.  He dropped out.

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To sail through

To succeed easily in doing something.

He sailed through the test and achieved the highest mark.

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To keep up with

To continue being informed about something.

I like to watch the news to keep up with current affairs.

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