Mark Shimada

English Phrasal Verb Practice for “speak up” and “speak out”

At one school, students are encouraged to speak up [ dire la loro ] and share their ideas. One day, a new student named Emma came to the school. Emma was shy. In her first presentation, the teacher said, "Please speak up [ prendi la parola ]; we can't hear you at the back." Emma was nervous, but she tried to speak up [ parlare/dire la sua ].

In the same class, there was a boy named Lucas. He was known for his confidence. He often spoke up [ prendeva l’iniziativa ] during discussions. "If anyone has any suggestions, please speak up [ parli ora ]," the teacher said. She wanted more students to speak up [ farsi avanti e dire la loro ]. 

The next week, the school announced new rules that seemed unfair to some. Emma was hesitant to say anything. Many students were upset, so she wanted to speak out [ opporsi ]. At a school meeting, she spoke out [ criticò ] against the unfair rules. Her voice was clear and confident.

Lucas also decided to speak out [ prendere la parola contro ]. "Emma is right. We need rules that help us grow, not hold us back."

Other students began to speak up too [ farsi avanti ]. They shared their thoughts and suggestions. The teacher listened and said, "I'm glad you all spoke up [ vi siate espressi ]. It's important to share your opinions."

The school principal decided to revise the rules. He appreciated the students for speaking out [ per essersi fatti avanti ]. 

From that day on, Emma felt more confident in speaking up [ prendere la parola ] during classes. She and Lucas became good friends. They worked together on projects.


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