Phrasal verbs in conversations — school days


VICKI: We’re going to go back to school.
CALLUM: Because if you want to get ahead, you need a good education!
VICKI: That’s right. Well one way to get ahead with English is to use more phrasal verbs. For example:
CALLUM: 'get ahead' education certainly helped me get ahead – it helped me to become more successful than other people.
VICKI: It must have done Callum because now you’re working with me!
CALLUM: And that really is getting ahead!
VICKI: So what were your school days like, Callum?
CALLUM: Well..I suppose I got on okay.
VICKI: So you were quite successful.
CALLUM: I got on okay, yeah. Sometimes I messed around.
VICKI: Ah, you were sometimes naughty, and just played when you should’ve been working?
CALLUM: I messed around sometimes, just like most kids. But then I usually got down to work in the end!
VICKI: Well, yes, if you want to succeed you have to start doing your work sometime!
CALLUM: So, I got down to work and I’m glad to say I got through all my exams.
VICKI: Well done you! So in the end, you started working, and even though it was hard, you managed to pass your exams, so then what did you do?
CALLUM: Well I went on to university.
VICKI: So after school, you continued your education at university – just like me.

get ahead — make progress;
get on — have a good relationship;
mess around — be lazy;
get down to … — get serious about a topic;
get through … — complete;
go on — happen.