The most effective way to learn a phrasal verb

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I’m going to share with you one more tactic that I think it’s very useful if you want to learn a phrasal verb.
 

Approach A Phrasal Verb Like English Natives Do

Before going any further, I want to point out ONCE AGAIN how important is not to memorize a phrasal verb.
The wrong strategy while trying to learn a phrasal verb is memorizing endless lists of them that you are going to forget as soon as you learn new ones.

That being said…

What I recommend you is to write, on a very regular basis, about anything you like but trying to use as much phrasal verbs as possible.
You can write your personal journal, short fiction stories…whatever you like.
I really doesn’t matter what you write about. The only rule is to use a phrasal verb whenever possible.
In order to grow your phrasal verb knowledge, try to stuff your writing with lots of them.
 

An Example About How To Learn a Phrasal Verb

Next, I share with you one of my writings where I try to use one or even more than one phrasal verb per sentence. I try to use them naturally, like an English native would do, instead of just memorizing them:

I always wake up at 6:00 A.M and stay in bed for a while until I finally get up. Then I go to my children’s bedroom. Once there I switch on the radio and turn up the volume to help my sons to wake up.

Sometime after we all head to the kitchen. My sons sit down to have their breakfast as I have mine always standing up while doing other house chores. I hastily eat my breakfast trying to figure out all I’ll have to do during the day.
What I fear the most in the morning is to open the refrigerator to find out that we ran out of milk! This can be a big disaster because my sons want nothing but milk for breakfast.

My older son is always eager to help me to make breakfast. He likes very much to fill up glasses with milk but sooner or later one of the glasses fall down making the little ones to blow up laughing. Then I have to run off for the broom and come back to clean up the mess. These are actually very stressful moments.
It’s very helpful to know that you can count on your older son because it’s not easy to have breakfast while taking care of the younger ones, preparing the lunch boxes among many, many other things.

I always ask my children to keep away from the cooked and I also point them out that’s not a good idea to play around the kitchen.
I think it’s very important to bring up this kind of topics to children on a regular basis if you want them to be really aware of dangers around them.

While doing all these morning chores, I mentally cross out the tasks already done and I check out every now and then the clock to avoid being late.

My wife who’s already at work by this time always calls me. Sometimes, because of the noise our sons are making, I don’t hear the phone and then I call her back later as soon as I can.
We always hang up quickly because children start quarreling or fighting between them. Whenever I ask them for an explanation about their bad behavior they always make up funny stories that make me burst out laughing.

After having breakfast, I help them to put on their clothes but as soon as I turn around, they take off their clothes what make them laugh and makes me angry. I always calm down when I see them so happy playing together and I join their games for a while.

Before leaving the kitchen I clean up the table and wash up the dishes. Then, I always go through the house, to check out that all the lights are switch off.

Once in the street I always tell my sons to look out for cars before crossing the street.
Sometimes in our way to school we run into a friend. Even if we are really looking forward to chatting with him or her for a while we don’t because we can’t be late for school.
I don’t like at all when I have to put off a meeting at work just because I wasn’t able to leave the children at school at the right time.

As you can see, in this 40 lines long text I’ve been using 36 different phrasal verbs.
 

Now Is Your Turn To Learn a Phrasal Verb

This was an example of one of my writings where the aim is to work with phrasal verbs. I write this kind of text on a regular basis.
Remember that instead of just memorizing a phrasal verb you have to naturally and consciously use it whenever you write or speak in English.

Now it’s time for you to write down your own story full of phrasal verbs.
Stuff it as much as possible with hundreds of them!!!
 

And Remember…

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– Share your texts with us!
– Don’t worry about making mistakes, we all make mistakes.
– Feel free to tell me if you find any in my text.
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 3

I also want to share with you the complete list of phrasal verbs I worked with during the last 10 days.

If you want to know more about the strategy I used, you can also read the next post …  How you can learn phrasal verbs easily
Remember that you can find an extensive summary of my Phrasal verbs learning process in the post … How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 2
 
How to learn phrasal verbs easily - Part 3
 

The Complete List Of Phrasal Verbs…

I chose these 50 phrasal verbs at random:

Phrasal Verb Meaning
Get along Have a good relationship with someone
Fall apart Break into pieces
Look forward to Wait for or anticipate something pleasant
Carry on Continue
Hold on Wait
Do over Do something again from the beginning
Come down with Fall ill
Hang up End a phone call
Come back Return
Call off Cancel
Name after Give someone a name to remember another person
Try on Put on to make sure a piece of clothing fits
Keep away Don’t allow someone near something
Clean up Tidy and clean
Put away Save
Calm down Stop being angry or emotionally excited
Think over Consider something carefully
Turn down Reject an offer/invitation/application
Go on Continue
Find out Discover
Turn on Start a machine
Fill up Fill something completely
Pick up Collect
Pass out Faint, lose consciousness
Ache for Want something or someone a lot
Cheer up Be less unhappy
Head out Go out
Fill out Complete a form
Figure out Find the answer to a problem
Look for Try to find
Get up Get out of bed
Sit down Move from a standing position to a sitting position
Look after Take care of a child, a house, a pet…
Run after Chase, pursue
Watch out Be careful
Ask out Invite someone for a date
Eat out Eat at a restaurant
Move in Start living in a place
Get through Endure or deal with a difficult experience
Break up Break into many pieces, Finish a relationship
Hang out Spend time socially
Deal with Take action in order to solve a problem
Run away Leave home because of problems with other family members or to elope
Go out Leave a place
Give up Surrender, stop trying
Wash up Clean everything used to prepare food and eat it
Make up Invent
Throw away Discard something when no longer needed
Run out of Have none left
Pay back Repay money borrowed

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 on a regular basis.
It’s an accumulative process and if you keep learning them you are going to improve sooner than you think.

 

What You Have To Do…

It’s now your turn to use this strategy to learn phrasal verbs.

You can use the same complete list of phrasal verbs I list in this post or you can choose others phrasal verbs.

What I recommend is to prioritize the most common phrasal verbs first because there are so many that it’s almost impossible to know all of them.

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 English).

 

And Remember…

How to learn phrasal verbs easily - Part 3_

– Are you going to work your phrasal verbs like me?
– Do you use a different strategy?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

 
More Posts about Phrasal Verbs:
30 days in a row learning phrasal verbs
30 days in a row learning phrasal verbs – Second part
How to learn phrasal verbs easily
How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 2
The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs
The most common phrasal verbs to learn in English
How you can learn phrasal verbs easily
The most effective way to learn a phrasal verb
 

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How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 2

After 10 days in a row writing a very short story using 5 new phrasal verbs every day, I share with you an extensive summary of my work.

I’m writing this post to motivate you and I also want you to know how to learn phrasal verbs easily.

You can learn more about this strategy in my former post… How you can learn phrasal verbs easily.

As you may already know, instead of memorizing endless lists of phrasal verbs, I have (and you also have) to use phrasal verbs on a daily basis because our aim is to internalize them by using them in a natural way.

 
How to learn phrasal verbs easily - Part 2

Let’s see my work day after day in detail…
 

Day 1

– Phrasal verbs I used: Get along, Fall apart, Look forward to, Carry on, Hold on.

I got along very well with my friend John.
We used to meet almost every day and enjoy nice walks together until one day our friendship fell apart because of a stupid fight
Nowadays I’m looking forward to meeting him again because I want to apologize.
The problem is that I don’t know where he lives anymore.
I‘ll carry on looking for John until I’ll find him.
Next time I’ll have to hold on and think twice before starting quarreling for unimportant things.

 

Day 2

– Phrasal verbs I used: Do over, Come down, Hang up, Come back, Call off.

At my job I’m currently working on a very difficult task of a big project. I I’ll do over this task until I reach the solution to an important issue we are dealing with.
The problem is that I came down with a strong cold and I’m now at home for some days.
My workmates are calling me every now and then but I have to hang up even if I don’t want because I’m feeling exhausted. I’m really looking forward to coming back to work again soon. Until then I’ll have to call off all my meetings.

 

Day 3

– Phrasal verbs I used: Name after, Try on, Keep away, Clean up, Put away.

My brother and I were named after our grandparents whose names were Paul and Raul.
But he’s angry with me because he doesn’t want me to try on his clothes or touch any of his stuff.
I try to keep away from him as much as possible but it’s not an easy task because our parents want us to clean up the house together as a team.
I’m putting away money to buy him a present for his birthday.

 

Day 4

– Phrasal verbs I used: Calm down, Think over, Turn down, Go on, Find out.

It’s not easy to calm down after a stressful day at work
In my job I work hard until I reach my objectives.
When some strategy doesn’t work I just think over for a different approach to the problem I have to solve.
I always turn down every offer of help because I like to solve problems by myself.
And I always go on, no matter what, until I find out a solution.

 

Day 5

– Phrasal verbs I used: Turn on, Fill up, Pick up, Pass out, Ache for.

The first thing I do in the morning is to turn on the radio.
Then I fill up a big bowl with milk and pick up whatever I can find in the kitchen’s cupboards to eat.
I always have breakfast because If I don’t eat before going to work I’m afraid to pass out right in my desk. I have to say that I always ache for chocolate cookies but I try to eat healthy.

 

Day 6

– Phrasal verbs I used: Cheer up, Head out, Fill out, Figure out, Look for.

Yesterday, to cheer up after a really bad week, after having breakfast I headed out to my university campus where I filled out a form to get a visa that allows me to live abroad for a whole year!
Now, the only problem is to figure out how I’m going to pay for my daily expenses. I just need to start looking for a job.

 

Day 7

– Phrasal verbs I used: Get up, Sit down, Look after, Run after, Watch out.

At home, we usually get up from bed very early.
I then bath and dress my children them and don’t sit down until we are all ready to have breakfast.
I always look after my children in the mornings because my wife is already at work.
Because I don’t like to run after the bus, we walk to school and I always tell my children to watch out because we have to cross many streets and there’s always a lot of traffic.

 

Day 8

– Phrasal verbs I used: Ask out, Eat out, Move in, Get through, Break up.

I asked out a friend of mine that I liked very much.
We ate out together many times until we decided to move in together.
We got through a lot of problems like all other couples. But we didn’t break up because we always talk in order to solve our differences.

 

Day 9

– Phrasal verbs I used: Hang out, Deal with, Run away, Go out, Give up.

We don’t want our son to hang out with bad companies. The problem is that’s very difficult to deal with young people. He doesn’t want to listen to our advice.
He always runs away whenever we ask him to go out for a walk and chat a little.
We’re not going to give up because we care for him very much.

 

Day 10

– Phrasal verbs I used: Wash up, Make up, Throw away, Run out, Pay back.

I don’t like to wash up the dishes and I always make up an excuse to avoid it. We threw away our old dishwasher because it stopped working. We run out of money and our parents lent us some to buy a new one. Nowadays we have money and we are paying them back.

 

Now that you know how to learn phrasal verbs, it’s time to go ahead!!!
It’s you turn to start learning phrasal verbs right now!!!

 
– Are you going to work your phrasal verbs like me?
– Do you use a different strategy?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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