O podcast de hoje fala sobre a palavra GREW.
Hi everyone! How have you been? This is Ana Luiza, with a new episode of the inglesonline podcast. To download or just listen to other episodes and download transcripts, go to inglesonline.com.br and click Podcast Inglesonline.
So here’s episode three in the series where we talk about past forms of verbs that end in -ew. I’ve already given examples with blew and flew, and today you’re going to hear examples with grew. Grew is the past of grow. Grew, g-r-e-w. I guess ‘grow’ is a verb that even basic students are familiar with. It’s a pretty common word and it doesn’t take long for beginners to start hearing questions like “Where did you grow up?” So let’sstart with something very basic and then, I’ll talk about a few expressions with grow.
For example, me. I grew up in São José dos Campos. Where did you grow up? My sister and I grew up in São José and my cousins grew up in Campinas. Did you hear that? Grew, g-r-e-w, grew. What about you? Maybe you grew up in Rio, maybe you grew up in Bahia, maybe in Paraná… Let us know in the comments where you grew up.
And, here’s a nice way to use this phrasal verb “grow up”: you know when someone is being childish? When someone is being childish, it means they’re behaving like a child. Maybe this person is being immature or silly… In Portuguese we might say something like “Ah, deixa de ser criança”. In English, you can say “Oh, grow up!”. For example, let’s say your friend wants to go shopping for a new TV and she asked you to come with her. When you’re about to leave home, however, you realize that tomorrow you have an English exam which you had forgotten about, and you still have to prepare for it… otherwise, you might flunk English.
So you call your friend and you explain what’s going on, and she tells you “I can not believe you’re blowing me off like that! You promised you’d come with me! Why are you blowing me off?” Your friend thinks you found something better to do and so you’re simply blowing her off. But that’s not what’s going on at all… You tell her “Mary, I’m not blowing you off! I really forgot all about my English exam. I’m really sorry, but I have to study!” And she says “I know you’re lying. You don’t want to come with me to the mall. Are you afraid we might run into your ex-boyfriend?”. And you say “Oh Mary, grow up! I saw my ex-boyfriend yesterday. I really have to study”. So what you are saying, when you say “Mary, grow up!”… you’re saying, stop being childish. Stop being immature. Don’t be silly. Grow up!
And here’s another cool expression with grow: something or someone grew on me. Let me give you an example: when I bought my first mp3 player a few years ago, I didn’t like it. I thought the controls were hard to find and the menus were difficult to navigate. Despite not immediately liking it, after using the player for a while it grew on me. That mp3 player grew on me. What does that mean? That means that I didn’t like it very much in the beginning, I wasn’t very impressed with the player, but I started using it anyway and every time I used it, I liked it a little bit more. I noticed that this player was able to do some cool things, and after a while I realized that I really liked it. So that mp3 player grew on me. It really grew on me. True story.
Here’s a story I read on the Internet: a traveler checked into a 5-star hotel in Hong Kong. He was expecting a very luxurious bedroom, but when he saw his room he was unimpressed. The furniture wasn’t very new and he had to pay an extra fee to use the Internet. But here’s what he also said: during his stay, he had the opportunity to interact with the hotel staff several times and they were very friendly and helpful. He also said that he was surprised at how good the breakfast was, and how close the hotel was to some very nice shopping areas in Hong Kong. So he concluded his little
story by saying “the hotel grew on me”. He thought he didn’t really like the hotel in the beginning, but during his stay it grew on him.
We can also use this expression for people. You know when you start interacting with someone and in the beginning you think you don’t like them very much? Then as you get to know him or her better and better, one day you realize you like this person. You can say “Yeah, I didn’t really like him when I joined the company, but he grew on me”.
What are your stories? Tell us about something that grew on you. Talk to you next time!
otherwise = se não
flunk = bombar, ser reprovado em
run into = encontrar de repente, por acaso
despite = apesar de
I started using it anyway = eu comecei a usá-lo mesmo assim