Do you struggle to understand phrasal verbs? Are you tired of not understanding what those phrases mean? Not to worry. The same is true for many English language learners. To understand and execute phrasal verbs like a native speaker, you need to have a thorough understanding of them.
Phrasal verbs are generally disliked by English language learners. I don’t blame you, either. It’s difficult to master these unusual verbs. Many English learners feel discouraged and despairing because they have no idea how to study English.
1. Don’t Group Them By Verb
Phrasal verbs are typically grouped with certain verbs in textbooks, classrooms, and internet resources, according to what I’ve observed. Consider the scenario where you looked up a list of phrasal verbs on Google.
This is not only the worst approach to learn phrasal verbs, but it will also make you despise them the quickest. why? You are attempting to learn numerous words with similar appearances but quite different meanings. and it’s frustrating. You can also study verbs like verbs starting with G.
2. Group Them By Topic
To learn phrasal verbs even more effectively, group them according to subject. For expressing feelings, characterizing friends, or discussing love and relationships, for instance, you could make a list of phrasal verbs. My students have benefited much from this because:
- Doing so makes them more relatable and engaging to learn about.
- The many verbs are related to one another.
- Instead of just knowing their amorphous meanings, you are learning how to use them in your daily life.
3. Find Books
Find phrasal verb materials online, in books, and in e-books. Look for a phrasal verb dictionary or a similar resource with a lot of sentences in context, such as 1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context. Additionally, check for resources providing phrasal verb tasks, including as gap-fill and matching exercises, quizzes, and games. Browse them for a while to get a sense of how you can use them.
4. Use Them in a Story
Making up a story using phrasal verbs is a powerful additional method for learning and practising them. You can use a few phrasal verbs to write a short story if you enjoy writing fiction. If not, you can just provide a paragraph about your life. Making connections between the words and your experiences will assist you in remembering them, as we already discussed.
Some students benefit from learning phrasal verb grammar, and you can cover the essentials in a quick introduction lesson. Discuss issues like separable and inseparable, transitive and intransitive, and pronoun usage.
In order to help students who find this challenging, explain that native English speakers utilise phrasal verbs flawlessly without knowing the grammar, and that if they continue reading and speaking English, they will too.
5. Group Them by Particle (up, off, out, away, etc.)
Let’s look at four alternative, more productive methods of learning phrasal verbs now that you are aware of what not to do.
You can better associate phrasal verbs if you categorise them by particle rather than by verb. Understanding the tendencies of particles can help make studying phrasal verbs a little bit simpler.
6. Learn Them in Context
This is the approach I take in my lessons the most. Watching YouTube videos, or reading any authentic content while learning phrasal verbs in context gives you an understanding of how we use them in daily life. For instance, while viewing your preferred TV programme, you can:
- Search Google for the written transcript.
- Search the dictionary for their definitions.
- Phrasal Verb Demon has some sample sentences you can read.
- The phrasal verbs you find in the transcript should be noted.
- Learn to construct your own sentences.
- Make flashcards, then test yourself frequently with them
Phrasal verb learning does not require any special techniques. It requires persistence, time, and patience. Spend some time practising and becoming more comfortable with phrasal verbs if you want your English to seem more natural.
Do you now realise why it is so crucial to comprehend the particles and their potential meanings? We all have different proclivities, so this will take some time and practise, but it will be well worth it. It will at the very least provide you with a possible meaning for the phrasal verb. But not all approaches work. So, put the skills you acquired today to use and resolve to practise frequently.