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.
They’re 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—and without understanding them you will have real trouble understanding casual (or workplace) conversations in English! Memorizing lists of them has limited value (though 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.
That’s why I was glad to discover Shayna Oliveira’s Phrasal Verbs in Conversation course. I’m very impressed with the way Shayna teaches! She keeps things simple, but her phrasal verb lessons include clear explanations and lots of practice.
These English conversation lessons are designed for intermediate students and above. Even if your English is advanced you may learn quite a number of new expressions. (Check her sample lessons to see if they might be too basic or too hard for you.)
The course teaches 500 phrasal verbs in 30 short lessons. Lesson topics cover common conversations from romance and health to school, work, money and time.
Lessons take about ten minutes. They each start with a dialog using 10-20+ phrasal verbs in context, then give a video explanation of what each means and how to use it, short writing exercises, and a quiz.
Each includes video, audio (so you can listen while doing other things), and a written transcript to study. All can be downloaded, so you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to study.
Because the lessons are so short, you can learn a few new phrases or review others in spare moments. A little study each day will help you learn and remember much better than an hour or two less often.
The course info page includes links (below the video) to a detailed description (why the course is important) and FAQ, as well as a list of all the lessons in the course.
It also has links to two free sample lessons (which each link to other shorter phrasal verb lessons.) Try them to see if you like Shayna’s teaching style, or if you aren’t sure whether you need these lessons.
Imagine how much more confident you’ll feel when you can understand so many more of these common expressions—and use them yourself! You won’t need to wonder or ask what your English-speaking friends or coworkers mean so often. It will save you a lot of confusion and maybe even embarrassment.
Shayna offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you are unsatisfied—but I think you will be very happy with the course. Shayna really cares about her students. She’ll do her best to help you if you have questions.
I want to mention that if you decide to buy this course after clicking the link below, I will receive a small payment for suggesting it—but I am only recommending the course because I think it’s the BEST way to learn these verbs.
I’ve written several pages to help you understand many of them, but they are so important in English conversation that they are worth the in-depth study this course provides! Check it out now!