TAKE it Easy! Common English Collocations

Lesson Overview

Lesson Summary 

Take it from me! This quick English is one you want to watch! Learn 10 Common English Collocations that include TAKE – and start sounding more fluent and natural when you use English!
– Take advice
– Take it from me
– Take an interest in
– Take time
– Take a break
– Take time off
– Take a class
– Take a look
– Take control
– Take charge
– Take the lead
– Take it easy

What’s the best way to learn Common English Collocations? Read English books and texts! You’ll learn the patterns of how English words are often used together (which will help you to sound more natural and fluent when you use English yourself!)

Video Transcript
Section 1
Well hey there I’m Emma from mmmEnglish! Today I’ve got another short and snappy lesson for you. We’re going to go over ten common collocations with the verb, ‘take’.

So really simply, collocations are words that are often used together in everyday language. So if you’re learning English as a second language, then learning collocations is a really useful way to practise using English words together correctly.

So for example, in English we use the verb ‘take’ with ‘photo’, right? We take photos.

We don’t say “Do a photo” or “Make a photo” or “Click a photo”

So by learning words in groups, together with the words that they are often used with, well, you’re going to be taking a huge step towards sounding more fluent and more natural when you use English.

Today we’re going to focus on the verb, ‘take’. Now that is a super common English verb, right? But it means that it’s also really noticeable if you start using it a little weirdly in English sentences. So let’s dive in!

Before we get started, a super quick reminder to turn on the subtitles down there if you need to.  This lesson is going to be quick and really helpful for others learning English in your country, so if you’re an absolute champion and you can translate this lesson for them, so that they can watch it as well, that would be amazing!

Not to mention, it will be excellent practice for you. So the link to translate the video is in the description and your name will appear at the bottom of the description as a contributor to this lesson.

Alright, first up I’m going to highlight some nouns which are often used with the verb ‘take’. We take advice. We take a break. We take an interest. We take a look, a class, a test. These are really common nouns that the verb ‘take’ is used with.

Now when you take someone’s advice, you listen to them. You follow their recommendations, you do what they say that you should do.

  • Don’t take her advice about money, she has no idea.

Now if you’re giving advice to someone and you want them to know that you’ve got the experience on this issue and you know what you’re talking about, you can say “Take it from me”

  • Take it from me, I know what I’m talking about.

Now here in this sentence, ‘it’ is actually in place of ‘advice’. You’re saying take advice from me.

  • Take my advice because I have the experience.

When you take an interest in something, well you’re interested in it, right?

My fiance Shah is an excellent cook, lucky me, but it’s his hobby. He loves to cook.

  • He started to take an interest in cooking when he was a young boy.

His grandmother taught him how to cook so he’s always been in the kitchen with his nenek cooking. What did you take an interest in when you were younger? Let me know in the comments, I’m curious.

Things take time. People are always telling you that when you’re impatient about something, aren’t they? Actually, the verb ‘take’ comes up quite a bit when we’re talking about time.

  • It took some time to find the dog after it escaped from the yard.
  • Becoming fluent in English takes time. But if you practise consistently, you can definitely do it!

Also, we take time off, when we go on holiday or we stop working for a while.

  • Did you take any time off over the summer? Where did you go? Gosh I’m waiting for summer down here in Australia.

We also take a break, alright? We put our feet up, we relax, we stop working, right? Take a break.

We also take classes. You know that I’ve been taking Spanish classes with Lingoda for three months, right? With Lingoda, you can take your time or you can take classes daily and complete the Language Marathon, which is about to start by the way. I’ve left a link in the description of this video. I think that you should take a look.

Speaking of take a look, we use this expression when we look at something or someone but especially in a really quick or an informal way.

  • Can you take a look at this email I wrote? Do you think it’s clear?
  • I need to take a look at the map before we go any further. I don’t want to get us lost.

Alright let’s talk about these really great expressions: to take charge, to take control of something, alright?

When someone takes charge or they take control, they’re able to manage something, usually a situation or a project or something like that. Sometimes even a group of people like a class or a team.

And you’ll also hear “take the lead” used in a similar way.

These are all really great expressions to talk about leadership. As the teacher, he needs to take control of the class.

  • Can you take charge of the money? I don’t trust myself to look after it.
  • My boss just asked me to take the lead on our next project. I’m really excited about it.

Hey, take it easy. Relax, okay? Don’t push yourself too hard. Don’t worry. Don’t stress too much.

  • You need to take it easy for a few days after your operation.

Take it easy. But this expression can also be used to tell someone who’s being quite aggressive to stop, to calm down.

  • Take it easy. Relax.

Plus, you’ll also hear people using this word or this expression really informally as a farewell. They’ll say:

  • See you later, take it easy!

Alright so we went through quite a few expressions today using ‘take’. Hopefully, you’d take away a few new ones to practise with. Can you think of any other common expressions in English using ‘take’? Anything I haven’t gone through in this lesson? If you can, add them into the comments below and try and use them in a sentence so that I can give you some feedback if you need it.

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Take it easy guys. See you soon!

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