How can I use phrasal verbs more often?
Have you ever asked yourself this question?
Phrasal verbs are a big part of the English language and being able to use them correctly is sure way to reaching an advanced speaking level.
I understand that phrasal verbs can be very challenging for English students, as there are so many of them and they can also have multiple meanings. With these problems in mind I can assist you with learning and understanding phrasal verbs and also help you to use them correctly in your spoken English.
Take a look at these 5 Amazing Tips to help you master phrasal verbs...
TIP #1. Think positively about them.
Having a positive attitude is always important. Whether in life or language learning. Thinking positively about phrasal verbs will help you to better understand them and stop you from being discouraged and getting confused.
TIP #2. Try to use them often.
Now that you are a more advanced learner, it’s important not to just understand them, it’s also a good idea to start using them in your speaking and writing. Think about WHEN and WHERE you can use them and start using them. The more you use phrasal verbs the easier they will become.
TIP #3. Keep a look out for them
Whenever you’re reading or listening to anything in English take note of any interesting ones you find. Write them down in a notebook!
TIP #4. Fix them in your mind.
As you record new phrasal verbs in your notebook, write them down as a complete phrase or sentence. This helps you to remember them easier and for them to stick in your memory.
TIP #5. Be aware of their different meanings.
Be aware that one of the special features of phrasal verbs is that some of them have many different meanings.
you can say pick something up from the floor.
you can pick up a language or bad habits.
the weather can pick up.
you can pick up a bargain.
a radio can pick up a signal.
the economy can pick up.
Sometimes the meanings are clearly related, some being more literal and some metaphorical.
Learning phrasal verbs will take time as there are many to learn... my advice is just take it step by step and you will improve!
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Matthew & Becky
Native British Teachers
Online English Skills
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