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Friends with Many Benefits

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Before we dive right into today’s lesson, let’s give you some ammunition to work with!

First, try to figure out the following phrasal verbs by matching them with the sentences below – then use them in the simple questions that follow to get you speaking:

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Vocabulary: Phrasal Verbs

1. As we grew up, we discovered different things that interested us

2. We love to get together at least once a week for coffee and cake

3. Being friends with identical twins can be confusing sometimes, it’s so easy to mix them up!

4. As children we were best friends because we used to sit together at the same school. Going to different secondary schools meant we started to grow apart.

5. When the internet stopped working I felt so cut off from all my friends because I couldn’t WhatsApp them!

6. There’s nothing I like more than making time to hang out with my friends

7. My friends don’t usually ring me up, they mostly text or drop me voice messages

8. My mother and father worked so hard to pay all the nanny and school bills they needed my grandparents to help bring me up

9. I take after my grandmother in looks, we have the same height, but I take after my father in personality, we share the same determination and focus.

Sentences to Match Phrasal Verbs

A: to be similar to an older member of the family

B: to meet (when you have organised it before)

C: to make a phone call to someone

D: to gradually have a less close relationship

E: to think one / person thing is another person / thing

F: to be disconnected from people

G: to spend time with someone

H: to gradually become an adult

I: to look after a child until he / she is an adult is an adult

So now you’ve got some impressive new phrasal verbs to work with, why not use them to give your thoughts on the following questions:


What do you think of the idea of only keeping friends who are useful to you? Do you do this?

What are some key differences between a true friend and a more superficial one? (2:40)

What does it mean to be therapeutically daft / silly? (3:45)

What is the purpose of the fun friend? (4:00)

Now, compare your answers with those given in the video below – if you are struggling to find the answers, just go to the time given at the end of each question.

One more thing, the vocabulary in this video will be challenging, don’t get too stressed over it, just try to understand as much as you can

Video Vocabulary

  • An impressive spread: food offered to guests which is plentiful and of high quality
  • The conversation is meandering: the conversation isn’t going anywhere
  • Devoid of any real interest: completely lacking any real interest
  • to flit from one topic to another: to change topics aimlessly
  • A heated discussion: a passionate discussion
  • The pressure can become onerous: the pressure can become distressing

How do the video’s answers differ from your own?


Write a short paragraph on a good friend of yours describing their purpose or lack of purpose, to you. Do your best to use the phrasal verbs and the new video vocabulary in your answer

Suggested writing points:

  • When did you meet?
  • How often you see each other
  • What do they do for you? Helpful / fun friend / inspirational
  • What are your conversations like?


Homework is actually a speed reading exercise in the form of watching a French movie with English subtitles! Check out the trailer of The Intouchables (2011)
IMDb 8.6

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caregiver.

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