‘She gets away with murder. I don’t know how he puts up with her.’
As I looked into it, I could see why.
The traditional methods of teaching this are horrible. I saw the endless lists, the tables that looked like a mechanic’s manual, and the boring little exercises of fill-in-the-blanks.
I hated them. I still do. To me, it’s really obvious that you cannot learn anything at all while you’re bored out of your mind.
I think you know this.
Think about it. When do we use lists? When we can’t remember. When the poor husband fears that he might make a mistake with his shopping, or when the pilot is checking the safety check-list before taking off. Times when we must remember but maybe we can’t.
A list is a signal to our mind not to learn this. It works.
Most people think that phrasal verbs – verbs with more than one word – are hard to learn. Students are given lists and lists of verbs to memorise, and it’s boring, complicated, and really hard to remember.
So … what are phrasal verbs? Phrasal verbs are little stories. And that’s it. Every phrasal verb made perfectly good sense when it was invented, but that was a long time ago. And many things have happened since then.
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.
Phrasal Verb Fun is different. There are no lists and there is nothing to memorise. Instead, there are over 650 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. They are simply something that grew up naturally.
As I was writing the book, I discovered that up, for instance, has about six different meanings that natives all know (but don’t know that they know, if that makes sense). So I added a section that tells you all about this.
The up of fill up, drink up, and grow up means the same, but it is completely different from the up of give up. Which again is different from the up of sign up. So I grouped these verbs together in the particle index. You might like to go there first.
Every phrasal verb in the book – all 650 of them – has a little story. Some of the stories are true, a lot of them are invented, but all them make sense. They could even be true.
How to Use The Book
It’s very simple to use. You go into the table of contents to find a verb, you jump straight to it, and read the little story. That’s it.
Then, if it reminds you of something else, you can click away to another verb which is either similar in meaning, or uses the little words at the end in the same way, or even to refresh yourself about the structure.
Anything you like. You choose.
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 as to an adoring crowd. Be an actor. Fool around. Have fun with it.
Then next day, another ten minutes.
If you do this for ten minutes 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.
You will also find it much easier to remember new phrasal verbs, because they will make more sense.
I also promise you that you will have fun doing it.
Here are some reviews on Amazon –
Phrasal verbs are usually a nightmare for us. Often we try out the “uncommon common sense” just to come to the wrong meaning, fools rush in where angels fear to tread. So I am very grateful to the author as he shows a natural way to learn those damned little things. – jartiblisimo
It’s a brilliantly conceived book, not only the short stories really stick in your head and help your memory in recalling all those verbs, but also enables the reader to get all the subtle shades of a verb which a non-native speaker fails to appreciate most of the times. – haunted85
So How Do I Get This Book?
Simple. You go to Phrasal Verb Fun at Amazon.
If you have a Kindle reader, you know what to do.
If you don’t have one, the good news is that you don’t have to buy one. All you do is go to Amazon and download a free reader for your PC, your Mac, your Android, or whatever you have.
It only takes a few minutes.
Or perhaps you prefer to read it in paper-back.
And soon you will understand phrasal verbs better than 99% of the non-native teachers who taught you.