Podcast: usando UP

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Feb 16
Inglês - Podcast usando UP

Hoje no podcast eu uso um texto que recebi por email e que talvez muitos de vocês já conheçam. Ele ilustra o uso da palavrinha UP de diversas maneiras. Como o texto já está espalhado pela Internet, achei que ia ser legal gravar o áudio com ele. Enjoy!


Hey, how’s it going? This is another episode of the Inglesonline podcast and today… instead of talking about two or three expressions I’m going to use a little text that someone sent me this week. So I don’t know who the author of this text is, but this person wrote these paragraphs using UP as often as they could and exemplifying lots of the so-called phrasal verbs. I did a quick search and I found out that this text is all over the place. So it’s pretty well-known, and I thought it would be a good idea to read it out for you guys.

OK! To listen and download previous episodes and transcripts, go to inglesonline.com.br and click Inglesonline podcast. So let’s get started:

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP. It is listed in the dictionary as an adverb, a preposition, an adjective, a noun or a verb.

It’s easy to understand “UP”, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election. Why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car. At other times this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses… To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special!

And this UP is confusing:  A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about the word UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary… In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and it can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding  UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, the earth soaks it UP. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on & on, but I’ll wrap this UP for now because my time is UP!

Oh… one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?  U (you)  P (pee) !

Don’t mess UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book…  It’s UP to you! Now I think I’ll shut UP.

Alright, that’s it. So tell me:

  • When was the last time you dressed up? For me, it was last Christmas.
  • Were you in any meetings recently? Which topics came up? I wasn’t in any work meetings but when I talked to a friend last week, the topic of food came up.
  • What time do you usually wake up? I wake up at 7:30
  • What are you up to today? Me? I’m writing a couple of posts and working on some other stuff.

Leave your answers in the comment area, and tell us which ways of using UP you’re familiar with. Talk to you next time.


About the Author

Ana Luiza criou um blog de dicas de inglês em 2006, e depois de muito pesquisar o que faz alguém ganhar fluência numa segunda língua, criou seu primeiro curso de inglês em 2009.

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    Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate!
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  • Ana Luiza says:

    rubenilson – não, o UP não corresponde ao SE. Não dá pra traduzir ao pé da letra – as 2 linguas tem estruturas diferentes. Vá na barra lateral e leia “Como ter progresso na fluência” OK?

  • rubenilson says:

    o ‘up’ pode representar o ‘se’ em portugues em alguns casos? tipose vestir, se calar..please ana luiza, give a explanation about that..thanks!!

  • rubenilson says:

    hey, it was really useful for me!!!
    ana luiza, me esclareçauma duvida, o ‘‘UP’‘. em muitas vezes, mas não em todas. pode significar ‘‘se’’ em português? tipo: shut up, dress up,?  please, give me a brief explanation!

  • Ailton says:

    OK Ana, I see. Anyway, thanks a lot, would be great a podcast about it.



  • Ana Luiza says:


    Obrigada a todos pelos comments. Adoro ler tudo!

    Alison: pegue um áudio que seja mais fácil de compreender pra você. Vc tem que se dar tempo pra pegar a língua aos poucos…

  • Magda says:

    Hi Ana..^^
    I’ve never heard about this test. I liked it a lot. It brings many things that I didn’t know…I think I am typing all this wrong…I need so much improve my english.hehehhehe
    so… answering your questions… The last I dressed up was on my mother’s birthday.
    Most of time the topics which more came up in my meetings is about music and university.
    I used wake up at 06:30, but now I am on vacation, so I wake up later, like 10:30 or 11:00 hehehe
    Today I am up to study english and french, but I am getting tired just to think about it …

  • Leonardo says:

    Acho que o certo aí seria So interesting you bring it UP to us. É isso? So confusing… rs

  • Leonardo says:

    What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?  U (you)  P (pee) !

    hahaha so funny!

    Nice podcast, Ana! I´ve never heard about this email before. So interesting you bring UP for us (is it right? haha!)

    See you soon! Take care.

  • Rafael says:

    Hi Ana Luiza,
    Thank you so much for your great work. I love all of your tips that you post here on inglesonline…. i love your voice, by the way smile All the best to you, Rafael.

  • Fabio says:


  • Ailson says:

    I has liked very many of this podcast. But I Cann’t hear and understand you in this velocity…

  • Daniel says:

    It´s a little complicated to speak it in the same speed you do, my friend! I´ll use that text to learn how to improve my reading. Thanks for bringing us the best curiosities about English. I´ll be up to speed up my English velocity!!

  • Osvaldo Jr says:

    Esta ideia de podcast com a transcrição disponível é algo q não pode acabar. Este recurso no mínimo ajuda a conhecer a pronúncia e também a ler o texto em inglês.

  • José says:

    Hello , Ana. I want to say you are an outstanding teacher, your explanation is very clear. Thank you so much.

  • Luis says:

    Fantastic!!! Ana, I´d like to thank u… I´ve known this site for a long time and now I came back to start again… If I wrote something wrong please, help me… I´m always reading and listening your podcasts. I´m feeling more confortable day by day. A lot of words is coming up in my mind. Is it right? (Coming up in my mind)I dont know, I´m just taking a risck…. So,,,, let me stop writing…. Thank u agai….God bless u.

  • paulo says:

    ana thank so much!! few weeks ago I sent that question to you and now I enjoyed a lot…
    bye bye

  • Vana says:

    I see until now no one has reminded of upset, up set or set up, that are such a great idioms, so there we go!

  • Ana Luiza says:

    Hi everyone, thanks for all the comments!

    Ailton – I can’t explain all the different meanings of OUT and UP here. Too many! Maybe one day we’ll do a podcast highlighting a few of them.

  • Veronica says:

    Hi Ana,

    – The last time I dressed up was last Reveillon.
    – Recently I went to a meeting with some friends on Starbucks and a lot of topics came up. One of them was going to the university and how happy we were about it.
    – Now, on the vacations, I usually wake up at 10:30am.
    – Today I’m up to study English and do plans for my future.

    Thanks for another nice podcast! (:

  • Ailton says:

    Hi Ana,

    Thanks for another nice podcast, if you allow me, I’d like to ask you one thing, what is the diference between ending with UP or OUT. I realize that some words we use out at the end, another one we use UP. Could you please explain that?

    Thanks a lot, have a nice day!!


  • Silvana says:

    •  Last time I dressed up to a baptism. 
    •  I remembered a lot from that toothpaste’s advertising CLOSE UP, will you remember? And I think it’s very funny people saying ‘UP TO DATE’, even in portuguese, to say they’re updated in a topic.
    Henrique, I liked a lot you remind us about that Seven Up lemon soda. I really want know what it means too.
    Thank you all!

  • ivete frança says:

    It is very good!!! thanks.

  • Ira says:

    Ana, I knew this text since I’be been surfing around the internet for quite a while.And I found it cool.

    Well, last time I dressed up was yesterday. And you know why..sob.sob… Anyway, I’d like to make a good impression.

    Meetings, no. Meeting “real” people, no.:D So, talking to a virtual friend yesterday the topic of clothes came up.

    I usually wake up at 7:00 am and today I’m studying English a little bit for a change…hehehe

  • Marzio Oliveira says:

    Hi ana .
    I´m worker from a big american company from Petroleum industry. But maybe,i´m going to change, and to work on a new company from Norway and i need to make an interview in english with a native from USA. But i have afraid, i don´t know if i can understand english languages natives as i understad not natves. Can you help me about it Ana ??

  • Renata says:

    Oi Ana, parabens pelo seu site, estou fazendo intercambio, morando em new jersey e definitivmente seus toques me ajudam muitooo

  • Henrique says:

    Seven Up… hehe… what means? smile

  • Fernando says:

    Hi Ana,
    Let me try answer the questions.

    I really dressed up last reveillon. ( Is that correct? “reveillon”)

    Recently, I had a meeting with co-workers that the topic of worker’s law in Brazil came up.

    I usually wake up at six a.m.

    Finally, I’m up to today for study english and other stuffs of my work.
    (This last answer was a little difficult for me)

    Well, that’s it. Please, excuse me for any mistake.

  • Hi,Ana it´s good to hear your voice. Amazing and interesting post. It´s new for me. I loved it and found it too creative !!.Congrats!

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  • Rogério says:

    This text is really good and it’s new for me.

    How many differents uses of UP ! but the best is “at night U(you) P(pee)! lol

    Thanks ana luiza, I like to hear your voice.

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