Quick answer
"Fix up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "arreglar", and "speak up" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "hablar más alto". Learn more about the difference between "fix up" and "speak up" below.
fix up
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to repair)
a. arreglar
Carlos got a deal on an antique car, which he fixed up and put fresh paint on.Carlos compró un coche antiguo a buen precio, que arregló y pintó nuevamente.
2. (to tidy)
a. arreglar
Fix up your rooms before your grandmother arrives, kids.Chicos, arreglen sus cuartos antes de que llegue su abuela.
3. (to help to find)
a. conseguir
I can fix you up with a drum set for the show when you're in town.Te puedo conseguir una batería para el concierto cuando estés en la ciudad.
b. encontrar
Jonathan fixed us up with a boat to use while we were on vacation.Jonathan nos encontró un barco para usar mientras estábamos de vacaciones.
4. (to connect with a love interest)
a. juntar
Janet fixed Roberto and Holly up, and now they're madly in love.Janet juntó a Roberto y Holly, y ahora están locamente enamorados.
b. buscarle novio a
You need a new man in your life. We're going to fix you up.Necesitas a un nuevo hombre en tu vida. Vamos a buscarte un novio.
5. (to organize) (United Kingdom)
a. organizar
We're fixing up a group to revise before our A-levels.Estamos organizando un grupo para repasar antes de nuestros exámenes de bachillerato.
b. arreglar
We still need to fix up a meeting with that sales rep.Todavía tenemos que arreglar una reunión con ese agente de ventas.
6. (to rig up) (United Kingdom)
a. improvisar
With our flat being as small as it is, we had to fix up a sort of loft bed to make for more space.Con lo pequeño que es nuestro apartamento, tuvimos que improvisar una especie de cama alta para crear más espacio.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to arrange something; used with "with") (United Kingdom)
a. arreglarlo con
We've fixed up with Nigel so that you can stay at his place in London this weekend.Lo hemos arreglado con Nigel para que te quedes en su departamento en Londres este fin de semana.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to arrange something; used with "for") (United Kingdom)
a. arreglarlo para que
We’ve fixed up for you to go to a football programme during the summer holidays.Lo hemos arreglado para que vayas a un programa de fútbol durante las vacaciones de verano.
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speak up
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to raise one's voice)
a. hablar más alto
Could you please speak up for the benefit of everyone in the back of the room?¿Podría hablar más alto para los que están hasta atrás de la sala?
b. hablar más fuerte
Speak up! No one can hear you!¡Habla más fuerte! ¡No se te oye!
2. (to express oneself)
a. decir lo que uno piensa
You can't complain if you don't speak up!¡No te puedes quejar si no dices lo que piensas!
3. (to support; used with “for”)
a. defender
We created this association to speak up for animal rights.Creamos esta asociación para defender los derechos de los animales.
b. hablar en favor de
Ricardo spoke up for Laura in the committee meeting.Ricardo habló en favor de Laura en la reunión del comité.
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