Phrasal verbs are used incredibly often in everyday conversation of native English speakers, so it is crucial to know them well.
Since they appear almost everywhere, the best way to learn them is to listen for them. Phrasal verbs are so commonly used that you may not even notice that someone used a phrasal verb in a conversation.
Listen carefully and soon you'll notice how common phrasal verbs are.
Many native English speakers like to use idioms in their daily conversations, it comes so naturally to them that they don't even realize that they are using an idiom! Thus, it is important for you to learn idioms and comprehend them.
It is the use and comprehension of idioms that distinguishes native speakers of English from non-native speakers.
Yvonne is a student from France. When she got the chance to study abroad, she took it and now she studies in the USA. She has been studying English since primary school, but she still isn't as fluent as she wants to be. Now that she's studying in the USA, she has to improve her fluency in English, if she doesn't do that, her grades will be bad. She is struggling with finding the ways of improving her English fluency. She tried reading many books in English, but it didn't help. She doesn't know what to do...
Since he was a child, Guilhermo has always wanted to sound like a native speaker of English. His family moved from Mexico to the USA when he was only six and he was always teased at school because of his Spanish accent. He has always wondered what is it that he could do to lose his accent. When he was in high school, he met an exchange student from Portugal. Her name was Amalia and she spoke perfect British English. Guilhermo was astounded by her English. When he asked her how she learned to speak perfect British English, she told him that she tried something called the shadowing technique. This was the first time Guilhermo heard about the shadowing technique. What is that?, he wondered...
Alfredo has recently gotten a new job as a teacher. He teaches Italian, but many of his colleagues don’t speak Italian, they speak only English. So, when they have teachers’ meeting, he always feels nervous because he doesn’t speak English fluently.
One time, the headmaster asked him if he could say a few words about his Italian class. Alfredo hesitated, but everyone stared at him, waiting for him to say something. He was so nervous and anxious that he could barely say a few words.
He started to talk and after each sentence, he made a long pause.
Everyone was waiting for him to continue, but he was barely able to hold himself together and not let his voice break.
Mariana has recently moved from Mexico to the USA. She has found a job as a nanny and she loves her new job. The family she works for offered to pay for her English classes.
Mariana was wondering how she could improve her English, so one day she approached her teacher with this question. The teacher recommended reading books in English to kids since she’s a nanny. Mariana listened to her advice and started reading children’s books every evening.
However, since the kids were very curious and asked many questions about the book, Mariana started hesitating. One day, the girl asked her what does “Blood is thicker than water” mean.
Anya has been learning English for 3 years, but she is still struggling with the ways of how to learn new vocabulary. She has tried various techniques – from trying to memorize long lists of words, to writing unfamiliar words on flashcards. And yet, nothing seems to have worked.
Every time she has to write an essay for her English class, she constantly has to look up words in a dictionary. And she’s tired of doing that.
If only there was a way she can learn new vocabulary and have fun while learning it…
Maria has recently got a new job as a sales person, but she’s very nervous because she needs to talk to people a lot. She’s always been a shy person so she’s struggling to hold a conversation, especially in English, which is not her native language.
She works in a shop which is frequently visited by many English businessmen, so she needs to use her English on daily basis.
One day, a handsome man walked in the shop and Maria had to ask him if he was looking for something special. She approached him and greeted him. He asked her if she could assist him while he is trying out different clothes.
She said yes, but when he tried to make small-talk, she constantly kept struggling to make a sentence that would flow naturally.
Instead, each sentence she uttered began with Hmmm, I don’t know…
João has recently moved to the UK from Portugal. Some of his friends already live in London, so he wasn’t all alone there. He found a job in a telecommunications company as an assistant for the Portuguese speaking clients.
Since he mostly uses Portuguese at his work, his English is a bit rusty. He was invited to a party and he was very excited to go because it was the first party he was invited to since he had moved to London. When he came to the party, he needed to speak in English because everyone there, except a few of his friends, spoke only English.
When he was approached by a group of people which wanted to get to know him, he felt anxious because he didn’t think he could hold a conversation in English.
He tried just answering to the questions they had asked him, but soon they got bored and left because he didn’t participate more in the conversation.
He was left all alone in the corner all night.
He felt so sad and ashamed because no one wanted to speak with him…
Ahmed is an English student. Yesterday in class, the teacher asked him to read a short paragraph of text from a book. It was a text he hadn’t seen before so he was a bit nervous when he started reading it. He was paying special attention to his pronunciation, but then a word came up which he didn’t know how to pronounce.
How is this pronounced? Choir? I have never heard this word being pronounced. How am I supposed to say it?, he thought to himself.
Then he pronounced it the way he thought it was supposed to be pronounced. The whole classroom started laughing, and Ahmed soon realized that he hadn’t pronounced it right. He felt so ashamed. He just wanted to turn back time and not feel so embarrassed.
Holding a presentation in front of many people can be difficult and stressful even for native speakers.
Preparing a presentation can be very demanding because you have to pay attention to many details. When preparing a presentation, think of its title and goal, and also try to figure out the main message or idea of your presentation.
Jacob is an English teacher who was born in Canada but presently lives in Korea. These days he spends his time online helping people become more confident speaking English by presenting English language lessons that look at how English is used in culture, art, and society. Follow him on his YouTube Channel