English Conversation Lessons Using Phrasal Verbs

Are you looking for English conversation lessons? Do you want to speak English more naturally, the way native English speakers do? One of the best ways to is to learn more phrasal verbs. 

This page explains the importance of phrasal verbs in ordinary conversations and suggests ways to practice them.. 

A young man & woman talking. They're using several phrasal verbs: 'Jenny broke up with Jim. She didn't want to put up with his temper...' 'Why bring it up? Are you standing up for her?'...

Phrasal verbs are used constantly in English conversations, but they can be difficult to understand. They often mean something very different from the meanings of their individual words. 

For example, to “get over” an illness means to recover from it.

To back up can mean to move backward OR to support OR to make an extra copy of information. To ‘back out of’ something has a completely different meaning. See List of English Phrasal Verbs for examples.) 

You can learn some common ones on our phrasal verb pages. But there are so many more! Without understanding them you will have real trouble understanding casual (or workplace) conversations in English!

Memorizing lists of them has limited value. It's hard to recognize or use them in practice! (Lists can be good reminders of expressions you have already learned.) 

The best way to learn them—and get familiar with conversational English-- is to listen to conversations that use them, a few at a time, in context. 

 English Conversation Lessons

You can find English conversation lessons and examples using phrasal verbs on EnglishHints on the Idiom Examples page or by downloading the pdf on Common Phrasal Verbs. It has several complete conversations demonstrating phrasal verbs, as well as a list of about 100 examples with explanations.

Imagine how much more confident you’ll feel when you  understand these common expressions and can use them yourself! You won’t need to wonder or ask your English-speaking friends what they mean so often. It will save you a lot of confusion and maybe even embarrassment.

You can learn more about phrasal verbs on several other EnglishHints' pages as well. See the Phrasal Verb section of Common Idioms for a complete list.

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