go out, come up, find out, come back, point out, set up, pick up, take over, go back,
Welcome! And good morning, good afternoon or good evening! - depending on when you are listening! This week our story is going to cover phrasal verbs: go out, come up, find out, come back, point out, set up, pick up, take over, go back, for example. There are many more but these are the most common to start. You might find explanations for these in your grammar books but in this podcast you can hear them in the context of a real story. They are highlighted in the transcripts if you are following those. I hope you enjoy.
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And now to the story.
It was a bright and sunny day in March, and the students in Mrs. Diaz’s fourth grade class were very excited. Today wasn’t a normal school day. Today was field trip day. The students had been looking forward to today for weeks. They rarely got to go on field trips, and had been so surprised when Mrs. Diaz had passed around the field trip permission forms for their parents to sign.
The students were only going to be in their classroom for an hour, because at 9:00 a.m. they would go out to the busses and begin the drive across town to get to their destination. They were going to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
When she handed out the permission forms, Mrs. Diaz had told them that Musical Instrument Museum is a large museum that is famous for the eight thousand instruments that it boasts. The instruments are from more than 200 countries across the world. They are displayed in galleries that are specific to the region or culture that the instruments are from. The man who had founded the museum had decided to put it in Phoenix because of Phoenix’s rich cultural history and proximity to other amazing tourist attractions, like the Grand Canyon.
This year, Mrs. Diaz’s class had been learning how to play instruments. They had each had to purchase a plastic recorder as a school supply, and during band class they had been taught how to properly hold the recorder, which holes to cover to make notes, and how to read very easy sheet music. Everyone in the class had gotten pretty good at playing, and all of the students were very excited to learn about more musical instruments.
At 9:00 on the dot, Mrs. Diaz led her students and three parent chaperones out to the front of the school where the bus was waiting for them. Everyone filed out, chattering with excitement about the bus ride and the field trip.
“Only two to a seat!” Mrs. Diaz reminded everyone as the students piled on and tried to sit next to their friends. “You can’t all sit in the back, some of you are going to have to come up and sit up front!”
Ali and her best friend Leah made sure that they sat right next to each other on the bus. They lived in the same neighborhood and sat together on the way to and from school every day, so it just made sense.
“I’m so excited,” Ali said, bouncing a little in her seat. “I’m going to find out so much cool stuff about instruments. Do you think they’ll have any instruments from South America there?”
“I saw on the website that there’s this really cool gallery of exhibits that were made out of recycled cans and stuff like that from Paraguay, I think!” Leah answered. She pulled out her phone and looked at the website, and then turned the screen to Ali. “See?”
After several minutes, all of the students were seated and the bus driver pulled out of the school parking lot. On the ride to the Musical Instrument Museum, students talked to their friends and classmates, played on their phones, and some students even fell asleep.
When the class arrived at the museum, Mrs. Diaz stood up at the front of the bus to make a few announcements.
“We are going to split up into four groups, one for me and each chaperone,” she said after her students had quieted down to listen. “That way, we can all explore the museum at our own pace and we won’t be such a big crazy mob.” The students laughed – Mrs. Diaz was right, sometimes they could be a big crazy mob. Mrs. Diaz quickly assigned the groups, and Ali and Leah were lucky enough to be in the same group.
“Okay,” Mrs. Diaz said. “Remember to be respectful of the museum. Don’t be loud, don’t run, and please have fun! Go on, but come back here to meet at 2:00 p.m. so we can get the bus home!”
Each group split off into different directions to explore the Geographic Galleries. The museum was huge on the outside and on the inside, and the galleries were sprawling. There were instruments everywhere – some hung up on display boards, others on stands, others on the floor. Each exhibit was labelled for a different part of the world, and next to every instrument there was a plaque that said the name of the instrument and how old it was, as well as other interesting facts about how it was used. There were many signs reminding the students not to touch anything, too.
“Leah, check this out,” Ali said, pointing at a collection of bagpipes. They were looking at the European gallery, which had a whole wall full of bagpipes. “I’ve only ever seen those in movies before, they’re way bigger in real life.”
Next, they moved on to the Ireland exhibit. It featured beautiful stringed instruments, including a tall harp and a fiddle. Their chaperone was eager to point out an instrument hanging on the wall that looked a lot like their recorders, except it was made of metal with a plastic mouthpiece. The plaque next to it said it was called a tin whistle.
The groups spent the next several hours winding their way through the galleries, taking time to read all of the plaques next to the instruments. There were several instruments that no one, not even the chaperones, could pronounce the name of. All of the instruments had very rich and fascinating historical and cultural significance, and the students were excited to learn about them all.
When they had finished with the Geographic Galleries, Ali and Leah’s group headed downstairs to something called the Experience Gallery. When they walked into the room, they were met with a plethora of instruments that were set up without any barriers in front of them. There were harps, a Theremin, drums, and a xylophone. A museum employee was waiting to explain to them what this room was and came up to them to explain.
“This is called the Experience Gallery!” she said. “Every instrument in this room is okay for you to touch and play. Please feel free to pick up any of the instruments and try them out!”
Ali and Leah were thrilled. They had no idea they would be able to actually try to play any of the instruments. The group dispersed throughout the room, and Ali and Leah immediately gravitated towards the big harp. Ali went first, sitting on the stool at the back of the harp. She plucked at the strings, trying to replicate one of the easy songs they played on their recorders.
“Here,” Ali said to Leah, standing up. “You take over now. Try playing Hot Cross Buns!”
Around them, their classmates beat away at the drums and used soft mallets to hit the keys of the xylophone. Everyone had a turn to try every instrument in the room. The Theremin was Leah’s favorite. The museum guide explained that the Theremin was an instrument that used electromagnetic fields to produce sound. It was very difficult to play, but Leah was very excited when she was able to make a couple different sounds on it.
Far too soon it was 2:00 p.m., and the students were gathering up in the entrance of the museum to catch the bus back home.
“Mrs. Diaz, this was the best field trip ever!” Ali said as they walked past their teacher to get onto the bus. “Thank you so much! I hope I can go back soon, I want to go with my mom and dad!”
“I’m so glad you enjoyed it,” Mrs. Diaz answered, ruffling Ali’s hair. “I hope you all learned something today and that you continue feeling this excited about music. It’s so important for us to learn!”
Many of the students fell asleep on the bus on the way home, exhausted from their long walks around the huge museum. When they got back to the school, it was almost time to get back on the busses to go home.
That night, Ali and Leah rode their bus home together, and each told their parents about the amazing day that they had. Their parents were so happy to hear about it, and were happy to hear that all of the children had enjoyed their very special field trip day.
And that’s the story. Did you hear all the phrasal verbs? And now for a summary of the story in the present, past and future tenses.
It is a bright and sunny day in March, and the students in Mrs. Diaz’s fourth grade class are very excited. Today is not a normal school day. Today is a field trip day. They are going to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The Musical Instrument Museum is a large museum that is famous for the eight thousand instruments that it boasts. The instruments are from more than 200 countries across the world and are displayed in listening galleries that are specific to the region or culture that the instruments are from. In one of the galleries the class actually plays some of the instruments including a giant harp. It is a great day at the museum.
It was a bright and sunny day in March, and the students in Mrs. Diaz’s fourth grade class were very excited. Today wasn’t a normal school day. Today was field trip day. They were going to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The Musical Instrument Museum was a large museum that was famous for the eight thousand instruments that it displayed. The instruments were from more than 200 countries across the world and were displayed in listening galleries that were specific to the region or culture the instruments were from. In one of the galleries the class actually played some of the instruments including a giant harp. It was a great day at the museum.
Future Tense Summary
It will be a bright and sunny day in March, and the students in Mrs. Diaz’s fourth grade class will be very excited. The day, will not be a normal school day. It will be a field trip day. They will be going to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The Musical Instrument Museum will be a large museum that will be famous for the eight thousand instruments that it will display. The instruments will be from more than 200 countries across the world and will be displayed in listening galleries that will be specific to the region or culture the instruments will be from. In one of the galleries the class will actually play some of the instruments including a giant harp. It will be a great day at the museum.
And that’s our story for today. I hope you enjoyed listening and I hope you understood everything. If not, I would suggest listening to this again and again. Once you hear the same words over and over you will begin to understand and your English will be at a higher level. Also, the transcripts will be posted for this episode at www.oyejustino.com and you can listen and read along at the same time! Were able to follow the difference in the tenses? I hope so.
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