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How to Say 5 Things You Did This Weekend in Natural English

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

natural English vocabulary for weekend activitiesHow was your weekend? Mine was great!

It was the first official weekend of summer in Boston and I took a much-needed rest at the beach and spent a lot of time reading, relaxing, and hanging out with my family members.

What did you do?

If you are living in the US you will need to be able to tell your colleagues what you did over the weekend in natural, everyday English.

In today's post, I want to help you expand your vocabulary so that you can speak more naturally in your everyday life.

Keep reading to learn phrasal verbs for some of the things that you probably did over the weekend!


What did you do over the weekend?


1) Did you "goof off"?


goof off English natural vocabularyWhen you "goof off" you act silly and do things that are not important.

It's great to spend time "goofing off" during the weekend, especially when you are super busy during the week! It's a good way to release stress.

Here is an example:


This girl is goofing off with her little brother.

Maybe you "goofed off" with your husband or wife at the beach or maybe you "goofed off" with your kids and played games with them in the backyard.

Grammar tip! "Goof off" is an inseparable phrasal verb. That means that you can't put the object between "goof" and "off."



2) Did you "chow down"?

chow downSummer is barbecue season!

Did you attend a barbecue this weekend with friends or family?

Most of the time in the US, we eat hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, or chicken at barbecues.

Many people like to cook their food on the grill until it's "well done."

When someone "chows down" he eats a lot of food.

Here is an example:


This guy is chowing down on a cheeseburger.

"Chow down" is an inseparable verb so you can't separate the verb by putting the subject between "chow" and "down."



3) Did you "dress up"?


dress upIf you went to a fancy event like a wedding or a prom this weekend, you probably "dressed up."

When you "dress up" you put on a nice dress (if you are a woman) or a suit and tie (if you are a man).

Do you like to dress up? Personally, I am not a huge fan, but sometime it's fun.

Here is a sample sentence:


These kids are all dressed up for their high school prom.

"Dress up" is separable. You can say, "The little boy's parents dressed him up for church."



4) Did you "live it up"?


live it up, natural English expressionMaybe you spent the weekend at the beach like I did!

When you do anything that is fun and relaxing, you can say that you are "living it up."

This expression means that you are really enjoying something. You can "live it up" anywhere- at the park, at the beach, or even just at home with your family.

Here is a sample sentence:

These people lived it up at the beach this weekend.



5) Did you "camp out"?


camp outDid you go camping this weekend?

When you go to a campground or into the wilderness and set up a tent and stay for a night, we say that you "camp out."

Some people love to "camp out" and others don't like it at all.

How about you?

Here is a sample sentence:


These guys have been camping out all weekend.



So I hope you had a fun weekend! But most importantly, I hope you know how to talk about how fun your weekend was and what you did using natural English vocabulary! Good luck with your English this week!



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