The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs are very important in the English language.
You do need to know lots of phrasal verbs if you want to reach a good English level.
But for English learners like us it’s difficult to learn phrasal verbs and use them naturally like native English people do…

 
The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs

 

Why Is So Difficult To Learn Phrasal Verbs

There are hundreds of phrasal verbs. To reach a good English level you have to learn at least the most common ones.
But the problem is that phrasal verbs are not an easy stuff to learn…

As an example, you know pretty well the meaning of the verb “to run”, but do you know what “to run out” means?

To run…I run five miles every morning.
To run out…I have to go to the food store because we ran out of sugar and milk.

As you can see, it’s not obvious to guess the meaning of “To run out” even if you know the meaning of the verb “to run”.

Summary: Phrasal verbs are so difficult because…

  1. There are lots of them.
  2. It’s often difficult to guess its meaning.
  3. One given phrasal verbs can have different meanings.
  4. Some phrasal verbs can be separated (I’ll call John back) while some other can’t (I run sugar out –> I run out of sugar).
  5. There are two words phrasal verbs (Give back), there are also three words phrasal verbs (Come up with).

Phrasal verbs are not easy to learn and moreover not easy to internalize and use in a natural way.

 

The Strategy I’m Using To Learn Phrasal Verbs

When I decided it was time to learn phrasal verbs, my first idea was to memorize from 3 to 5 news phrasal verbs every day.
After thinking twice about this strategy I thought it wasn’t the best one. It’s very difficult to memorize them because as you learn new ones you forget the older ones.
I thought of a way to internalize phrasal verbs by using them every day.

Let’s see the strategy in detail…

For 30 days in a row you are going to…

  1. Pick up a new phrasal verb every day.
  2. Check its meaning.
  3. Write a sentence using it
  4. Write a new sentence for all the phrasal verbs you learned the previous days.

That means that…

  • Day 1… You are going to write one sentence.
  • Day 2… You are going to write two sentence.
  • Day3… You are going to write three sentence.
  • …and so on… until…
  • Day 30… You are going to write thirty sentences!!!

After 30 days you can stop and then start again from day 1 with new phrasal verbs.

 

A Practical Example Of The Strategy

Day 1…

You Pick up a new phrasal verbTo run out
You check its meaningTo have none left or To exit rapidly.
You Write a sentenceI ran out of gas and I had to leave my car in the side of the road and walk to the nearest gas station.

Day 2…

You pick up a new phrasal verbTo get up
You check its meaningTo rise in the morning from sleep or To stand.
You write a sentenceI usually get up at 7 AM.
You write a new sentence for all the previous phrasal verbs you learntWhen I saw the fire I ran out leaving behind all my belongings.

Day 3…

You pick up a new phrasal verbTo keep away
You check its meaningTo stay at a distance
You write a sentencePlease keep the children away from the pool because they don’t know how to swim yet.
You write a new sentence for all the previous phrasal verbs you learnt – Whenever I run out of milk I drink tea for breakfast. – Please get up from the sofa and help me because I’m not going to do all the household chores.

…And so on…until day 30.

 

How Are We Going To Learn Phrasal Verbs?

What am I going to do?

I will start using this strategy from today and for 30 days in a row.
If you want to follow my progression, I’m going to publish my daily work on phrasal verbs in a daily basis on:

What are you going to do?

You also have to start using this strategy right now.
You have to commit to work your phrasal verbs for 30 days in a row.
If after 30 days you feel that you are internalizing them, then start again from day 1 with new phrasal verbs.
Doing all this you are going to learn, and even more important, to use phrasal verbs in a natural way.

 

And Remember…

The most effective strategy to learn phrasal verbs_

– Are you going to use this strategy?
– Is this strategy helping you to learn phrasal verbs?
– How do you learn phrasal verbs?
.. All your comments are very welcome!!!

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