April 28

English C1 Speaking: 10 Phrasal Verbs to Talk About Habits

Learn 10 phrasal verbs to talk about habits!


Hello, this is Kristian from Cambridge Advanced Speaking, how are you doing? It’s getting hot in Spain, I’m getting tanned, swimming pools are opening sooner than ever before, and the air conditioning in my place seems to be working fine.

In other words: I’m still happy as Larry in the beautiful city of Madrid!

Today no intro, we’re going to dive right in.

10 Phrasal Verbs to Talk About Habits

Today’s you get to learn 10 phrasal verbs to talk about habits. Are you up for it? Here we go!

1. Take up: To start a new habit or activity.
Example: I’ve decided to take up yoga to improve my flexibility.

2. Give up: To stop doing a habit or activity.
Example: I’m trying to give up smoking for my health.

3. Build up: To develop a habit over time.
Example: I’ve built up a habit of reading for 20 minutes before bed each night. 

4. Break out of: To stop a bad habit and start doing things differently.
Example: I need to break out of my habit of eating chocolate and start eating healthier.

5. Fall into: To start doing something regularly without planning or thinking about it.
Example: I’ve fallen into a habit of biting my nails.

6. Phase out: To gradually stop doing a habit or activity.
Example: I’m trying to phase out my habit of using my phone before bed.

7. Stick to: To continue doing a habit or activity regularly.
Example: I’m going to stick to my habit of going for a walk every morning.

8. Cut back on: To reduce the frequency or amount of a habit or activity.
Example: I need to cut back on my habit of drinking too much coffee.

9. Get into: To develop a habit or interest in something.
Example: I’ve gotten into the habit of meditating every day.

10. Get out of: To stop a bad habit and start doing things differently.
Example: I’m trying to get out of the habit of biting my nails.

Closing Notes

Okay then, in this episode you got to learn 10 different phrasal verbs to talk about habits.

Now of course, this episode is just the start. You should continue using these phrasal verbs. If you don’t use it, you lose it!

Next week all the activities in the C1 Speaking Club will be centred around the topic of habits. The 5-Day Challenge, the online Live Lessons and the Speaking Practice Rooms will focus on this particular topic.

What’s more, on Sunday I’ll share a PDF in the club with loads of vocabulary that you can use to talk about habits. So if you want to speak fluently and with confidence about this topic in just one week, this is the perfect moment to joint the C1 Speaking Club.

The regular membership fee is €97 per year, but now you can get a yearly membership for only €48.50. And if you don’t want to commit for one year, no problem! You can also become a member for just €9.99 per month.

So why not give it a try? The place to go to and become a member is getreadyforsuccess.com, and there you click on the big yellow C1 Speaking Club button. I hope to see you on the inside!

All right, that’s all from me. Take care of yourself, and each other.

Speak soon, my friends.


About the Author

As a Dutch proficient speaker of English, Kristian not only holds a grade A Cambridge C2 certificate but is also CELTA qualified. His five years of experience as a teacher and ESL exam coach, specialising in Cambridge English C1, C2, and IELTS, has equipped him with a unique blend of skills to guide and support your English learning journey.

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