It’s phrasal verb’s fun day!!! These multi-word verbs are usually feared by many students but, as I told you in the previous post, today we are going to have some fun with them!
There is a little poem by our Director Terence J. Paul (aka Terry) that I’m sure you’ll find challenging as well as extremely enjoyable! 😀
Students of English, please listen to my tale
of the birth of that child who makes you wail.
Her name was Hazel, his name was Herb
the fruit of their union – a Phrasal Verb.
No one could get it, none could stand
a child so tricky, so underhand.
They studied his meanings, so deep and obscure
but for a child so tricky there was no cure.
His meanings were multiple and arbitrary at that
his particle could change at the drop of a hat.
She’d say “make out” and mean “see a distance”
he’d say “make out” – “ligar” in this instance.
He’ll say “go through” and mean “check” or “assess”
nothing to do wirh “ir” and less with “a través”.
So, what can be done with such a troublesome child
to stop him from driving all students wild?
There has to be a system, a strategy, a plan
to help you to study as best as you can.
Now such a plan I’ll give you to make a new start.
To ease all your nightmares and put hope in your heart.
So do as I say and read what I write
and all the phrasal problems will vanish overnight.
Written by Terence James Paul (all rights reserved)
So, let’s take a look at those problems!
The most common problems:
- The amount of phrasal verbs there are
- They usually have more than one meaning (figurative vs literal)
- Don’t let just a number overwhelm you. 🙂 Remember that you have started learning them most likely at the same time you started studying English. If you think about it, aren’t “get up” or “wake up” phrasal verbs?
- Just look at them as words, just one more part of your vocabulary list, and how do you gain vocabulary? Read! Read every single article or piece of writing you run into. Having said this, it is true that figurative meaning phrasal verbs are hardly ever found in writings or books because they are considered too informal so, how can you become familiar with them? Well, how about films and series? I can assure you that we teachers can definitely tell when a student watches TV in English (even with English subtitles) due to his/her range of vocabulary, listening skills and pronounciation.
So, what are you waiting for? Turn your TV on or surf the Internet to watch a film or an episode of your favourite series in English! And remember that at Euroschool we are opening a Cinema Club you can also join! I promise you’ll realise it makes a big difference! 🙂
Now clic the link below for some phrasal verb’s fun!
Until the next post folks! Go hard on those verbs! 😉