Do You Suffer: Phrasal Verb Phobia?

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By: Maggie Christie – Telephone Teacher since 2014. 

The knowledge of phrasal verbs is essential  for the student who wishes to improve their English speaking skills.  Unhappily, learning phrasal verbs can be one of the more intimidating aspects of learning English. Students often tell me they would rather avoid them completely than risk using them improperly.

 Here are two ways of overcoming this “phrasal verb phobia”:

1. Introduce a phrasal verb that’s related to the topic, or to present a couple which are similar and clarify what distinguishes them. For example: if weather is being discussed in class, I would ask the student if he or she is familiar with phrasal verbs such as “warm up” or “cool down”, and then define  them and encourage usage.  (If you put the topic plus phrasal verb into Google Search, you can find many you might never have thought of!)

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