“I generally try to keep up with what's going on.”

You're talking with a coworker who says that she's out of touch with pop culture. You pay attention to pop culture because you want to follow what people are talking about. You describe this to your coworker by saying this.

I generally try to keep up with what's going on.

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generally try to (do something)

Use "try to ___" to describe something that you usually do because you think it's a good idea, but sometimes you aren't able to do it. A good example of this is exercise:

I try to go to the gym four or five times a week.

Or things that are part of your daily routine:

I try to come in early to beat the rush hour traffic.

The word "generally" means "usually". Adding it to "I try to ___" makes it sound like you do it less often. It sounds like you're saying "I try to ___, but I don't always succeed."

keep up with (something)

The phrase "keep up with" is used to talk about news, entertainment, and other topics that often change. To "keep up with" something means to pay attention to it and to know about new information on that topic. Here are some common things that people "keep up with":

  • keep up with the news
  • keep up with developments in an industry or field

    I try to keep up with new developments in publishing.

  • keep up with technology
  • keep up with a person

    I wonder what Kevin is doing these days. Have you kept up with him?

what's going on

"What's going on" means the important events that are happening.