Phrasal Verbs

You Gotta Know Your Phrasal Verbs


I have several students who currently live and work in America. These students came from their native country, and now have thriving careers in their new adopted cities. While their English level is advanced and would be envied by many English language learners, they at times feel a little insecure about three things; pronunciation, communicating complex ideas, and phrasal verbs.


Pronunciation ultimately is something that I recommend you work on with a teacher, because at the end of the day you can’t hear your own pronunciation mistakes (otherwise you wouldn’t make them). The same is true with communicating complex ideas. However phrasal verbs are something that I can easily help everyone with.


Why Are Phrasal Verbs So Important?


Native speakers use phrasal verbs constantly. We use them so much that we don’t even realize we’re doing it. For us, they are like basic vocabulary. Therefore if you are going to be proficient in English you have to be proficient in phrasal verbs. Much is made of idioms, and we certainly do use those too, but nowhere near as frequently as we use phrasal verbs. The bottom line is, if you want to be able to sound like a native speaker, or even be able to understand one, you must know your phrasal verbs.


When Should You Start?

Immediately. Unless you are truly a beginner and you’re still struggling to put sentences together you should start learning phrasal verbs. There are so many of them, and as I said they are so frequently used, that the more time you give yourself to learn them the better off you will be. So if you are intermediate or advanced speaker, start learning them now.


What’s the Best Way to Learn Phrasal Verbs?

A few at a time. Don’t memorize one a day, just do a few a week. You should only learn how many you can actually use. My suggestion is that you learn a few a week and then use them (or at least try to) every single day of that week. That way they become a part of your vernacular (vocabulary).


Let’s Learn Together!

I’m here to help you learn. Here’s the plan. Every Monday I will post 3 new phrasal verbs. I’ll give you a definition and some example sentences. I will post them to my site and I’ll make a weekly podcast. Your goal is to try to make your own examples and sentences. You can post them in the comment section, and I’ll try to correct as many as I can.


Check back on Mondays!

Listen to the podcast here

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