Grow up

child growing up
Type: Phrasal Verbs
Originally published on March 2, 2023 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Conversation practice for English learners related to the phrasal verb “grow up” is a great topic for improving their overall level of English. The reason for this is that phrasal verbs are an essential aspect of the English language, and they can often be challenging for learners to understand and use correctly.

By focusing on the phrasal verb “grow up,” learners can practice using it in different contexts, such as discussing their childhood experiences or talking about their future aspirations. Additionally, conversation practice using phrasal verbs can help learners improve their vocabulary, grammar, and speaking skills, as they learn to use the phrasal verb correctly in a variety of situations.

Review the meaning of the phrasal verb with your students first to make sure they understand how to use it correctly, and then go through the different conversation questions. Ask them to try and include the phrasal verb naturally in their answers.

Definition and Examples

“Grow up” is a phrasal verb that means to mature or become an adult. Here are some examples of how it can be used:

“I can’t believe my little brother is already grown up and going to college”.
“It’s time for you to grow up and take responsibility for your actions”.

Useful Vocabulary

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Conversation Questions

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  • Do you feel like you've grown up a lot in the past few years?
  • What were your aspirations when you were growing up?
  • How much do you think the world changed while you were growing up?
  • Can you think of a specific moment when you felt like you had truly grown up?
  • Do you feel like people generally grow up at different rates?
  • Do you think people ever stop growing up?
  • Can you think of a time when someone you knew acted in an immature or irresponsible way, and you wanted to tell them to "grow up"?
  • Do you think it's possible for someone to "grow up" too quickly or too slowly?
  • How do you think people's experiences and environment can affect their process of growing up?
  • Do you think it's better for children to grow up in the city or the countryside?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.