Lesson 160: Phrasal Verb Chicken Out | English Phrasal Verb Course | Phrasal Verbs

Lesson 160: English Phrasal Verb Chicken Out | Phrasal Verb Course

Chicken Out Phrasal Verb

In this lesson, you are going to learn how to use the English phrasal verb ‘Chicken Out’ and it means to be too scared to do something at the last minute and then decide not to do that activity. We have the examples below that are going to help you understand how to use it perfectly!


Phrasal Verb: Chicken Out

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Phrasal Verbs Lesson: Chicken Out

Alternative Meaning:  To be too scared to do an activity at the last minute

Example 1:

  • Everyone was jumping off the bridge into the water but Joey chickened out.
  • Everyone was jumping off the bridge into the water but Joey decided not to do it because he was scared.

Example 2:

  • A lot of people want to have their own business but they chicken out when they think about the uncertainty of success.
  • A lot of people want to have their own business but they decide not to because they are scared of not being successful.


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Vocabulary Building is Easy When You Focus on the Newest Words

Vocabulary Building FasterWho has time to study a list of 100’s of words!

How big is your list of words that you ‘should’ be studying regularly? Does it have 500, 600 or even 1000 words?

It is easy to build a big list of words very quickly, but it can be difficult to find the time to study them as often as you need to remember them. Let’s talk about the best way to get better at vocabulary building, and this is to stop reviewing ‘old’ vocabulary in your list.

Context is the Key to Quick Vocabulary Building

It is much easier to understand the meaning of a word when you see it or hear it being used in real life, in context. You can understand what the word means because of the situation it is being used in.

For this reason, I always recommend that you study interesting videos, articles, books or audio tracks so that you can connect the new word to the situation where you first seen it. If possible, use the original sentence where you saw the word being used as an example sentence with the new word. This process helps you connect an ‘unknown’ word to an idea that you remember where the word is being used.

Faster Vocabulary Building

In my experience, it is easier to remember new words when I review them for the first time within 1 day of learning them. When I review the new words 2 or 3 times within 1 week, I usually know them well enough to feel I have learned them successfully.

15 minutes per week should be all the time you need to spend studying to remember the words that are really going to stick in your mind long-term. The key, is to see or hear the words 3 or 4 times within that first week.

The best way to review the new words and successfully do vocabulary building is to watch the video or read the article again where you originally seen the new words. You are getting a review of context and seeing the words at the same time.

Why You Should Stop Studying ‘Old’ Wordsold vs new words for vocabulary building

If a word is used often, you will see it shortly after learning it. Therefore, if you forget a new word, it is probably not used very often. Why should you try to remember a word you are never going to use? The idea of vocabulary building is to find words that will be used often.

Also, once you have learned new words (after reviewing them for a week or so), you will probably recognize it if you hear it in audio or see it in writing for several weeks. At this point, you will either remember it when you need it for speaking or you won’t. Keep studying and exposing yourself to the language, to have the best chance of hearing, reading or experiencing the language and vocabulary as much as possible.

When Your Brain is Ready, You will Remember it.

Sometimes you find words that are difficult to remember because you haven’t learned other words that are similar to it. As your English vocabulary grows, it will become easier to remember more advanced vocabulary and strange words because you will be able to connect them to other words that seem similar in English.

If you can’t remember a word, no matter how hard you try… Stop studying it. You are not ready to learn that new word or phrase yet. If it is an important phrase or word, you will see it used often and it will become more familiar each time.

Leave a comment below if you have been studying ‘old words’ and you see the importance of using your study time to find new words instead!

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