Phrasal Verb Fun
Author: Peter Gray
Most people think that phrasal verbs, verbs with more than one word, are hard to learn. As students we are given lists and lists of them to memorise, and we usually find the whole thing boring, complicated, and really hard to remember. I have been teaching for many years and this is the number one complaint of my students.This book is different. There are no lists and there is nothing to memorise. Instead, there are over 600 little stories, one for each verb. The fact is that phrasal verbs are not a logical system, designed by some maniac a few centuries ago. No. There are simply something that grew up naturally.
Most natives don’t even know the expression phrasal verbs. We never learn them at school. We know the difference between chopping down a tree and then chopping it up. We also know that when a building burns down, it is the same as when it burns up. Neither do we ever confuse put up your cousin with put up with him.When I was thinking about this book, I quickly discovered that the verbs fell into groups, and that the up of drink up had a completely different meaning from the up of give up. So I grouped these verbs together in the particle index. You might like to go there first.I suggest that you start anywhere you like in this book, and then jump about at random for about ten minutes. Don’t try to memorise, don’t try to learn. Just play with it. You may like to say the various sentences aloud. You may like to pretend to be a star and speak in front of your bathroom mirror to an adoring crowd. Be an actor. Fool around. Have fun with it.Then next day, another ten minutes.If you do this every day, I money-back guarantee that in about ten days you will know more about phrasal verbs than 99% of all non-native teachers who teach English for a living.