Call on - Phrasal Verbs (English for Beginners)

source: Twominute English    2014年4月23日
The phrase "call on" can have different meanings. It can mean to ask for help, to visit someone, or to ask someone to do something. This phrase can often be confused with other phrases, but we are going to help you to use this phrase in an appropriate way.
Some additional vocabulary is highlighted at the end of the video. Practice those words to build your fluency.
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0:14 Hello, great to see you here.
0:16 From time to time, we call on someone for help, go visit our friends, or ask someone to do something for us.
0:23 In all these contexts, we can use “call on.”
0:26 In this lesson we’ll see some conversations that show us the use of “call on.”
0:31 Practice the lesson by repeating the dialog out loud after hearing it once.
0:35 To increase your vocabulary a bit, remember to check out and practice the vocabulary section at the end.
0:42 Let’s get started now!
0:50 Hey, did you see that the President called on the wealthy countries
0:53 for financial aid after the floods destroyed much of the country's agriculture?
0:58 Called on? What does that mean?
1:01 Oh, called on means a lot of things.
1:03 But in my sentence it means that the president asked for help.
1:07 Okay. I never knew that. So what other things does the phrase “call on” mean?
1:14 It can also mean that you are visiting someone.
1:17 Like in “Since we were in the area, I paid a call on my sister in law”.
1:22 It means you visited your sister in law?
1:25 Yes, that’s right.
1:27 Can “call on” also mean to ask someone to do something, especially to speak in public?
1:34 Like in “I now call on the other party to give their account of what happened”.
1:39 Yes, that’s right. You’ve got it.
1:49 So what did you do on your weekend?
1:51 Nothing much. I was in Beverly Hills, so I called on my best friend Cindy and we hung out.
1:56 That’s great. My friend called on me on Saturday, too.
2:00 What did you guys do?
2:01 We went to the amusement park.
2:03 It must’ve been fun.
2:05 Yeah, it was.
2:13 Hey, I heard you moved to another house!
2:16 Yeah. I did.
2:18 Did you do it by yourself?
2:20 No, no. I called on my friends to help me pack my stuff and to move it all to the new place.
2:27 Oh, that’s good. You could’ve called on me, though.
2:31 Yeah. I was gonna call on you but then I thought you’d be busy.
2:36 No, I wasn’t. It’s okay; next time you can definitely call on me anytime you need help.
2:44 Thanks. I hope I won’t be moving again soon!
2:54 Is your work done?
2:56 I thought it was, but they’re calling on me to do even more.
2:59 Haven’t you done enough work for them?
3:02 I’ve done some, but they’re calling on everyone to do more work, not just me.
3:06 Oh, that’s too bad. But you’ll still manage to complete it.
3:12 Yes, I will.
3:13 That’s fantastic.
3:15 But next time maybe you could call on Robin or someone else, so that you can work together.
3:23 Okay, that would be a good idea.
3:35 Helping by giving money is financial aid.
3:37 Some students get financial aid from their college to help them pay for school.
3:41 Lending your friend money is a kind of informal financial aid.
3:50 Agriculture is the growing of crops for food and other products.
3:53 Without agriculture none of us would eat.
4:00 An amusement park is a place people go to be entertained with rides, food, and games.
4:06 Disneyland is a very large amusement park, but you might have a smaller one in your own town.
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