Are you learning to speak English? Have you come across phrasal verbs in your English language course? Do you want to sound more fluent, but you are finding English difficult? Don’t give in just yet, we can get this party started. Take on the challenge, blow up some balloons, make up some songs to sing and check out what phrasal verbs are all about!

You will notice that there are certain pairs of words that have been highlighted in bold. These are phrasal verbs which are verbs or action words, joined to prepositions to form a whole new meaning.

Learning common phrasal verbs will help you sound more relaxed when you speak English. It will also teach you a chunk of English instead of single words.

Check out (look at) these useful phrasal verbs which you can use when you practice your English:

–     Hang out – (spend some time relaxing) “Hey, instead of going out tonight, let’s rather hang out at Susan’s house.”

–       Come across – (find unexpectedly) “I came across a monkey while I was in the park today.”

–       Look for – (find something) “We can look for some good movies to watch.”

–       Get together – (meet up socially) “Do you want to get together and have dinner this weekend?”

–       Work out – (do exercise) “Hey, do you want to go work out on the promenade after class?”

–       Wake up – (stop sleeping) “What time do you wake up for breakfast?”

–       Log out – (close your account) “Please remember to log out of Facebook when you are done.”

–       Find out – (discover) “See what you can find out about phrasal verbs.”

–       Dress up – (wear fancy clothes) “Tomorrow we can dress up and go dancing!”

You can use the examples above in conversation. The phrasal verbs will help you feel more comfortable using the English language to socialize and make new friends.

Start practicing now! If you would like to do some exercises to identify phrasal verbs, then you could take a magazine and underline the phrasal verbs that you find. Take your work to one of the teachers at the Oxford English Academy or to an English-speaking friend and ask them to check it for you. Once you have learned a few phrasal verbs, find someone and speak with the confidence of a local.