It makes a lot of sense to learn phrasal verbs. They are very common in English, and they’re especially typical of spoken English. So, if you’re interacting with native speakers, you’re sure to run into them in your daily work or when you’re travelling in the US, UK or other English-speaking countries.
Learning phrasal verbs will help you understand English better. It’ll make your English sound more natural when speaking or when writing emails using a more informal style.
On this page, you’ll find activities that will help you learn phrasal verbs that you can use in different situations.
What exactly are phrasal verbs? Check out this slideshow to find out more. As you read about them, you can start learning some phrasal verbs using the quick quizzes on slides 3, 6 and 8. Use the fullscreen option (bottom right) if you need a better view.
On the telephone
Try these two activities to learn some phrasal verbs that are often used in telephone calls. Click on the + signs to open them.
Match each phrasal verb with its meaning to see an example of how it’s used.
Listen and complete the five mini-dialogues with the phrasal verbs the speakers use.
In this activity, you can learn some of the kind of phrasal verbs you might here in presentations. Click on the + sign to open.
The talent pipeline
The style of online articles published, for example, on popular websites like WIRED and Forbes is generally quite informal. Typically, the tone is conversational and the language often has features of spoken English such as idioms and phrasal verbs.
In these activities, you can learn a selection of commonly used phrasal verbs in the context of an article on social media marketing.
Social media marketing
Check the meaning
Complete each example sentence with the correct phrasal verb. The meaning is given in brackets.