Remember that you can find an extensive summary of my Phrasal verbs learning process in the post… 30 days in a row learning phrasal verbs
If you want to know more about the strategy I used, you can also read the next post… The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs
How I Worked With Phrasal Verbs…
I chose these 30 phrasal verbs at random:
|1||Blow up||– Explode
– Lose your temper, become angry
|2||Bring up||– Mention
– Raise a child
|3||Run out||– Have none left
– Exit rapidly
|4||Call off||– Cancel|
|5||Find out||– Discover / learn|
|6||Give back||– Return something that someone has borrowed or lost|
|7||Give away||– Give something without asking for anything in exchange|
|8||Make up||– Invent a story|
|9||Put away||– Return to the proper place of storage
|10||Hang up||– End a phone call
– Suspend clothes on a hanger
|11||Throw away||– Discard something when no longer needed|
|12||Look after||– Take care of a child, a house, a pet…|
|13||Read over||– Review / Look through|
|14||Get over||– Recover from a cold, a disease, an ex-boyfriend / ex-girlfriend…
– Solve / Find a solution
|15||Take off||– When a plane or rocket leaves the ground
– Remove clothing
|16||Come back||– Return|
|17||Calm down||– Stop being angry or emotionally excited|
|18||Point out||– Make someone aware of something
– Draw attention to
|19||Shut up||– Stop talking or making noise|
|20||Turn down||– Reduce volume, temperature…
– Reject an offer, invitation, application…
|21||Put on||– Get fat
– Start wearing a cloth
|22||Keep away||– Don’t allow someone near something
– Prevent access to, hold back
|23||Write down||– Transcribe / Put in writing|
|24||Look out||– Be careful, pay attention, head a certain danger|
|25||Try on||– Put on to make sure a piece of clothing fits|
|26||Turn away||– Avert one’s gaze|
|27||Go out||– Take part in social activities (usually at night)
– Leave a place
|28||Pass out||– Faint, lose consciousness|
|29||Set up||– Establish, found
|30||Grow up||– Become adult / Mature|
As you can see I didn’t work with all the different meanings that every phrasal verb have.
I think that the most important is:
- To internalize as many phrasal verbs as possible. (The most common ones first)
- For every phrasal verb to know some of its different meanings.
That being said, you don’t have to stress if you don’t know a lot of phrasal verbs.
Don’t worry, you just have to keep working on phrasal verbs one day after another.
It’s an accumulative process and if you keep learning them you are going to improve sooner than you think.
About Making Mistakes…
If you followed my progression while learning phrasal verbs, you could see that I made some mistakes.
It’s ok to make mistakes. You are going to correct some of them afterwards by yourself or because someone tells you.
Some examples of the mistakes I made…
- As I always write quickly I wrote in some occasions “Call of” instead of “Call off”. It’s a mistake that I’m not going to make again.
- I also wrongly used the phrasal verb “Hand up” instead of just the verb “Hang“. “
In the past they used to hang up thieves.” –> “In the past they used to hang thieves.”
I hope that these different posts about phrasal verbs are going to inspire you and motivate you to learn them because they are very common when speaking or writing (informal).
– Are you going to work your phrasal verbs like me?
– Do you use a different strategy?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!
Copyright © Learn English Like Me and learnenglishlikeme.com, (2012-2016).
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Learn English Like Me and learnenglishlikeme.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.