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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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My English exam preparation – February

This is the second post of a series where I’m sharing with you how I’m preparing, month after month, for an English exam (CAE).

Let’s see in detail what I did during February and what I’m going to do during March…

 
My English exam preparation-February

 

My English Exam Preparation In February

How did I work my English during the second month of the year?

1. Speaking skill…
I feel that I’m really doing a step ahead. I’m starting to understand how English speaking works. My speaking level is still quite the same but now I feel that I really understand the basic rules of speaking English. My personal decision was to concentrate on the American Accent.

I’m now aware and understand how works:

  • Syllable stress in words
  • Word stress in sentences
  • Intonation (Fall and Rising intonations)
  • Contractions
  • Liaisons / Linking
  • Though groups
  • Consonants sounds
  • Vowels sounds (These are pretty difficult)

As I already told you it’s easy to understand and to fell this concepts but it’s not that easy to apply them to my own speaking.

2. Writing skill…
I’m still working my writing skill. Now I’m just checking basic writing rules. Once I’ll have the basics I’ll start to prepare for specific work that will be asked in the exam.

3. Informal work…
As I already told you in my January report I keep doing informal work. I keep reading the news in English and I listen to English materials whenever doing my household chores… I have introduced English passive learning in my daily life. I maybe don’t have time to sit on my cough and comfortably read or listen to English stuff but I can read and listen to English materials while doing my daily tasks.

 

Achievements And Failures While Improving My English

1. Tenacity…
I’m keep working my English seven days a week, no matter what.
I’m happy about this fact because is not an easy task to work my English everyday even if it’s only for 30 minutes, depending on my free time.

2. Studying general English instead of focusing in the exam…
I’m currently learning general English instead of focusing on working for the exam. I think it’s not a bad strategy because I do need to improve my English level. Although in future months I’ll have to concentrate and focus in my training for the exam. I’ll do specific tasks as the ones I’ll find in the exam.

3. Improve all English skills…
I have to always keep in mind that I have to work all skills and share the few time I have between my ListeningReadingSpeaking and Writing skills. Now that I’m concentrating on my speaking I don’t have to forget the others skills because time flies and I have to make the most of the little free time I have. It’s easy to fall into the trap of working a skill you enjoy and just forget the other ones.

4. Being very critical about the materials I use…
I have to be very selective with the materials I work with. If something works for me I keep working with it until I fell I’m done. Whenever I feel that a material is not helping me anymore I leave it as soon as possible.

5. Being demanding about how I’m working my English…
I also have to be very self critical. I have to always check if what I’m currently working is helping me, if it doesn’t work for me I have to give up and go for another strategy. I have to be very demanding on how I’m working and the results I get. I have to change my strategy as much as needed to always be on the right path.
I recommend you to check my post about…The key to your learning English success

 

What I’m Going To Do In March

1. Speaking skill…
I want to keep working for another month this skill because I feel that I’m starting to achieve the basics of English speaking. I want to secure the basic pillars of my English speaking skill. I’ll also try a technique called “Shadowing” in order to improve my accent. I’ll share with you my opinion in my next report.

2. Writing skill…
I’m going to work for another month the basics rules of English writing. Afterwards I’ll start to work specific things like the ones I’ll find in the exam.

3. Starting to learn Phrasal verbs and Idioms…
I will start to learn from 3 to 5 Phrasal verbs and Idioms every day. I will try to memorize them and write sentences using them in order to increase my vocabulary and English knowledge. In the CAE Exam there is a paper (part) about the Use of English where you need to show a good knowledge of phrasal verbs and idioms. Furthermore, In the others parts of the exam I’ll have to show a good English level and Phrasal verbs and Idioms are an important part of the English language.

4. Gathering specific information about the exam…
In January I gathered some very basic information about the CAE exam. During March I’ll make a deeper research about the exam characteristics.

 

That’s all for February. More about my improvement in the next post…

 

And Remember…

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– If you are currently preparing for an exam…
– If you want to take an exam in the future…
… All your comments are very welcome!!!

Go To: My English exam preparation report in… January, February, March

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The most common reasons why people give up learning…

This post is the second part of a series of three posts.
What are the most common reasons why people give up learning English?
Apart from listing them, you are also going to find some advises on how to overcome these difficulties and succeed in improving your English.

Let’s follow with the second part of the 14 most common reasons why people give up learning English…

 
The most common reasons why people give up learning English. Part 2

 

6) You Don’t Have Free Time To Learn English

The right question to ask you is not:
How many time do I have to learn English?
But:
Do I make the most of the few time I have to learn English?
That’s because you can still learn English if you have very little free time.

It’s better to…Have very little time to learn English but be really motivated, have clear goals and plan your personal English learning strategy beforehand.
Than…Having a lot of free time to learn English but working without any direction switching from one boring English method to another.

What can you do to improve?

 

7) English Learning Books And Methods Are Boring

Yes, you are true.
Most of them are deeply boring or doesn’t match your personal needs.
But luckily you don’t need any book or method to learn English. Some methods can help you as a secondary assistance but not as your main guide.

What can you do to improve?

  • Just forget traditional and impersonal boring methods.
  • Work your English following your personals needs and likes. Use only English materials (articles, books, TV shows, documentaries, websites…) about topics that you really enjoy.
    To learn more…Something that can help you to learn English faster

 

8) You Don’t Like The English Language

If you REALLY don’t like English, Don’t fool you anymore. Just forget it and go for another language or just for other things that you really like and enjoy.

But, if you don’t like English  just because of:

  • Boring English methods.
  • A bad experience with a bad teacher or school.
  • You feel lost and don’t know how to work your English.

Then keep in mind that there’s still hope for you.

What can you do to improve?

 

9) You Are Never Going To Reach A Good English Level

It’s true that you are not going to learn English overnight. But if you keep working for some time you are going to reach a good level of English sooner than you think.

What can you do to improve?

 

10) There Is So Many English Learning Stuff Available That You Don’t Know Where To Start

In the past there were very few materials available to learn English. Moreover, there were even less free materials because there was no Internet!
Nowadays it’s quite the contrary. You have so much stuff at your disposal that it’s very common to feel overwhelmed.

What can you do to improve?

  • Be very critical with the materials you use.
  • Don’t lose a single second of your precious time working with a material (article, book, TV show, documentary, website…) that don’t convince you 100%.
  • Every now and then try new things and just keep them or leave them.

 

And Remember…

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-Why do you sometimes think about giving up English?
-What are the difficulties you find when learning English?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 
 
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Go to………..The most common reasons why people give up learning English. Part 3

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