The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English

The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English

Phrasal verbs are difficult to learn but still very important to master because English natives use them a lot. If you want to speak English well you have to know and use at least some of the most common phrasal verbs.

As I told you in my post How to learn phrasal verbs easily, you have to avoid trying to memorize phrasal verbs using nonsense associations.
That being said, there is a way of making natural associations of phrasal verbs that are going to help you a lot. And I do say, and mark my words “Natural” associations.

 
The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English
 

How To Make Natural Associations Of Phrasal Verbs

Whenever you come across a new phrasal verb, you have to think if there is any other phrasal verbs than can go with it.

As an example:
The phrasal verb Sit down makes me think about the phrasal verb Stand up.
If ISpeed up in the motorway, chances are that a Police car is going to Pull me over.

As you can see, I to try to connect Phrasal verbs that go together. Phrasal verbs that have something in common.
These kinds of associations are going to help you to use the most common phrasal verbs naturally in very specific contexts.

Let me share with you some others examples of natural association of common phrasal verbs that are helping me a lot…

 

Some Common Phrasal Verbs Groups

Pick up – Drop off
I was driving to my job when I saw a friend waiting for the bus. I picked him up right in front of the bus stop and then dropped him off at her home.

Fill up – Spill over
Whenever you let a child to fill up his own glass, you can be pretty sure that he’s going to spill it over.

Pass out – Come round
The man passed out because the room was too hot. He then came round after someone opened the windows to let some fresh air into the room.

Come down with – Get over
Whenever I come down with a cold, I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables in order to get over as soon as possible.

Break down – Cheer up
The little girl broke down when his father scolded her, but she cheered up when he gave her some candy.

Speed up – Pull over
If you speed up too much when driving don’t be surprised if the police pull you over and then fine you.

Speak up – Shut up
If I don’t hear you when you speak because there’s too much noise around us I would ask you to speak up. But if you speak too loud and you are really bothering me, I’ll be rude and say to you to “Shut up!”

Take off – Put on
You take off your clothes before having a shower and you then put them on after the shower.

Sit down – Stand up
When the judge enters the court everybody has to stand up. Once the judge is on his seat everybody can sit down.

These are only a few of the associations that I make between common phrasal verbs.
Now it’s your turn to make and share your own phrasal verbs associations!

 

…And Remember

The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English

 
Do these groups make sense to you?
Share with us your phrasal verbs associations.
All your comments are very welcome!!!

How to learn phrasal verbs easily

How to learn phrasal verbs easily

I’ve already written many posts about how to learn phrasal verbs easily.
Many blog readers have also sent me emails about their problems with phrasal verbs. They feel kind of frustrated and don’t know how to learn them.

Phrasal verbs are indeed a big issue among English learners because:
There are lots of them.
Some of them have even different meanings.
It’s difficult to guess what they mean even if you know every word in it.
Ex: Run out of Have none left.

Then what to do and not to do about phrasal verbs?
 
How to learn phrasal verbs
 

English Learners Vs Phrasal Verbs

While reading my blog readers emails something struck me!
I bet that you already know how an English learner feel when you came across a new phrasal verb…
You don’t like them.
You feel lost whenever you run into a new one.
You really don’t know how to learn phrasal verbs easily.

That’s pretty demotivating, isn’t?
But…
What can you do about it?

 

How To Learn Phrasal Verbs The Wrong Way?

First Wrong strategy:
Some English learners have told me that they try to learn phrasal verbs like this…

Phrasal Verbs With “To Come”
-Come out
-Come along
-Come down
Phrasal Verbs With “To Run”
-Run out
-Run along
-Run down

My opinion:That kind of phrasal verbs groups don’t make any sense and are anything but useful.

Second Wrong strategy:
Some others blog readers told me that they used to make this other kind of groups…

Phrasal Verbs With “Up”
-Speak up
-Fill up
-Set up
Phrasal Verbs With “Down”
-Come down
-Look down
-Set down

My opinion:Once again, this lists aren’t helping them at all.

If you’re also following these kinds of strategies just forget them.
They’re doing more harm than good to your English improvement.

 

How To Learn Phrasal Verbs Easily The Right Way?

It’s time for you to start again from scratch!
Start over with a brand new mindset about phrasal verbs!

A phrasal verb is just like any other word.
What’s the difference between “To come up with” and To run?
When you read or listen for the first time the word “Run” is not a big deal, right?
You don’t try to make strange associations with other words, do you?
You don’t feel overwhelmed, do you?
Then why following weird strategies while finding a new phrasal verb?

Try to think about phrasal verbs just as if they were common verbs. Because they are!

You have verbs with:
One word Run
Two words run into
Three words Run out of

No matter how many words they have in it, they are still verbs!!!

 

Steps to follow to learn a new phrasal verb

These are the steps to follow with any new English word you find (Phrasal verb or not):
Look up for its meaning.
Check its pronunciation/accentuation.
Try to use it as much as possible.
If you forget it, don’t worry. Next time you’ll find it, it’s going to be easier for you to remember it.

 
Are you going to see phrasal verbs just like regular verbs?
Will you start learning phrasal verbs like any other word?
Share with us your opinions about phrasal verbs!
All your comments are very welcome!!!

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How to learn English idioms easily – Week 4

Learn English idioms

As I already told you, native English speakers learn idioms naturally even without noticing it. At first they just hear or read them. Then they gradually start using these idioms in their speaking and writing.

You, as an English learner, you have to avoid memorizing idioms.
Instead, you have to use new idioms on a regular basis and as often as possible.
Doing this, you are more likely going to integrate them in your vocabulary like native English speakers do.

 

7 New Idioms…

I’m HAVING A HARD TIME trying to find the best English learning method.
(To have difficulty doing something)
If you go to the movies, don’t watch this film because it really SUCKS.
(It’s worthless) (Informal)
It’s not easy to SET UP a new business when you don’t have any previous experience.
(To establish or found something)
She told me that she works as an astronaut. I know that she’s PULLING MY LEG.
(To trick or fool someone)
My purse has fallen and my coins are all over the floor. Could you help me to PICK them UP?
(To collect)
It’s really hot, I FEEL LIKE drinking very cold water.
(To have a desire to do or to have something)
I started my own blog about fashion FROM SCRATCH.
(You start right at the beginning)

 

How To Learn English Idioms Easily?

If you want to grow your English vocabulary, I recommend you to work whith these idioms for a while until you assimilate them.

Don’t memorize them. You’re going to forget them as soon as you try to memorize new ones. The worst way to learn new vocabulary is to write down endless lists of new words and then trying to memorize them one after another.

If you really want to learn English idioms easily I recommend you to:

  1. Check my new post with brand new idioms every week.
  2. For 7 days in a row, try to make sentences with every one of these 7 idioms once a day.
  3. Force yourself to use them as much as possible whenever you have to speak or write in English.
  4. In a future come back randomly to any of these posts to review your idioms.

Doing that, instead of just memorizing these idioms, chances are that you are going to assimilate them and using them naturally whenever you speak or write in English.

 

And Remember These Idioms…

Learn English Idioms_Week 4

It’s now time for you to learn English idioms!
Go ahead and enjoy them!!!

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