Phrasal verb micro-dictation #1



Micro-dictations are a great way to learn new vocabulary while also developing your listening skills and improving your ability to understand rapid, conversational English.

Listen to this short audio as many times as you need to, and see if you can fill in all the gaps. The sentence includes a useful phrasal verb - can you hear it?




"I ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ hour, ____ ____ ____ didn't ____ ____ . ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ forgotten."
When you have finished, check the answer and explanation lower down the page.

Good luck!
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Answer: "I waited at the cinema for an hour, but my friend didn't turn up. I suppose she must have forgotten."

If you made any mistakes, think about why:

  • Was the word pronounced strangely?
  • Was it difficult to hear because it was connected to other words?
  • Was it because you didn't know the word?
Trying to understand the reasons for your problems will help you to become a better listener over time.


About the sentence


to turn up = to appear or arrive somewhere unexpectedly. e.g. "She hadn't been invited to the wedding, so all the guests were surprise when she turned up at the church".

When this phrasal verb is used negatively, it means that someone was expected, but they did not appear or arrive. e.g. "I'm a bit worried about Sarah - she hasn't turned up for class all week".


Practice questions


  • Have you ever turned up at a party or event without being invited? What happened?
  • When was the last time someone didn't turn up after you had arranged to meet them?

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Hello! My name is Chris - I'm a highly experienced and passionate English teacher from the UK. I specialise in helping higher level students to take their English to the next level. I'll provide the support you need to meet your specific goals, whether you need to improve your spoken fluency and confidence, elevate your vocabulary, learn more idiomatic language such as phrasal verbs and expressions, identify and fix your grammar problems, improve your pronunciation or prepare for an English exam. I am a highly qualified and experienced teacher. I have now been teaching English for 9 years, and I continue to find it a hugely enjoyable, constantly challenging and deeply rewarding profession. I love my job, and I think you'll find that this comes across in my teaching! I obtained the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) from International House Buenos Aires in 2010, and the Cambridge DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) from British Study Centres in Oxford in 2013. I constantly seek to develop and improve my teaching. I studied Philosophy at Cardiff University, graduating with a First in 2007. I then studied for a Masters Degree in Latin American Development at the University of London, achieving a Merit in 2009. My 9 years of teaching experience has encompassed a wide range of levels from intermediate (B1) to advanced (C1) and proficiency (C2). I have taught both General and Business English, both in groups and on a 1-to-1 basis. I have also helped many students to pass the Cambridge First (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE) exams. I'm originally from North Devon (definitely the most beautiful part of the UK!) but over the years I have lived and worked in places as diverse as Oxford, Buenos Aires and Bogota. I enjoy doing lots of things, especially cooking, reading, learning Spanish, walking and running. More recently, I have been spending a lot of time looking after my baby daughter! I also love meeting and getting to know new people - this is a big reason why I enjoy my job so much.
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