March is the month associated with St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.: the month of all things green, corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns, pots of gold, four-leafed clovers, and luck. To GET LUCKY is an expression often used in English and it is a perfect example of a collocation with GET. The verb GET is an interesting word that has many collocations: today we are looking at GET followed by NOUNS, PREPOSITIONS, and ADJECTIVES.


Definition: to obtain, to receive, or to buy.


  • He got his driver’s license last year. (obtain)
  • I got my CAE certificate in the mail today. (receive)
  • I got a new car last week. (buy)



Definition: to arrive at a place.


  • What time are you getting home from work tomorrow?
  • We will get to Barcelona at 9.
  • We should get there at about 10 am.
  • I just got back from Las Vegas.
  • I get home from class every day at about 2.



Definition: to become; to change


  • I would always get so nervous when I spoke English, but now I just get excited to converse with native speakers.
  • When I told her she passed the FCE Exam, she got so excited!
  • He gets sick if he reads in the car.
  • They got frustrated when the train was late.
  • My cat is getting old.
  • The sky is getting dark. We should go home.
  • It’s getting warmer each day. Spring is definitely here.
  • I got depressed when I couldn’t find an internship, but now I’m so happy with my company.
  • He got fit after he joined the local gym.



Definition: a phrasal verb!


  • Do you get along with your classmates? (have good relations)
  • They got by on very little food and water until they were rescued. (survive)
  • We get on the bus on 7th Street and get off in Mission Valley. (board/enter; exit)

St Patricks Day

*Technically, a preposition is called a “particle” when it is part of a phrasal verb . . . but this is technical grammar language, and not nearly as important as learning phrasal verbs themselves! 

Irish Pubs in SD

Have you ever been to one of these pubs in SD or SF? Post a pic and make sure to tag CISL and the pub so we can see our international students enjoying St. Patty’s Day in the U.S.!

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub
428 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone number (619) 233-3077


Stout Public House
1125 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone number (619) 702-7933


Dublin Square Irish Pub and Grill
554 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone number (619) 239-5818


Shakespeare Pub & Grille
Middletown, Mission Hills
3701 India St
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone number (619) 299-0230


Irish Pubs in SF

The Phoenix Bar & Irish Gathering House
811 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone number (415) 695-1811

Johnny Foley’s
Union Square
243 O’Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone number (415) 954-0777
The Chieftain Irish Pub & Grill
198 5th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone number (415) 615-0916
Irish Times
Financial District
500 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone number (415) 217-5060

Cover photo by The Field Irish Pub; St. Patrick’s Day photo from Shutterstock.