Hi, Everybody, (Aquí en español, si quieres.)
If you are here, you probably know who I am. If not, let me introduce myself. My name is Peter Gray, and I have been teaching English here in Zaragoza in Spain for over fifteen years.
In that time, I have asked hundreds of times what parts of English that people find difficult. Always, one of the three answers is phrasal verbs. (The other two are listening and pronunciation, but that is a story for another day.)
As I looked into it, I could see why.
Here’s a free sample of the book so you can get a better idea of what I mean.
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.
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.
A little while later I decided to put my time where my mouth was, and wrote a book. The title is Phrasal Verb Fun, and for you who are reading this, I wanted it to be free.
But I have found out that there is a minimum price on Amazon of $0.99. Sorry, everyone, but the special offer is over.
I’ll tell you how to do that in a minute.
As I was writing it, 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.
I put all these together so that you can find the connections for yourself.
Every phrasal verb in the book – and there are over 360 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 be true.
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
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.
If you spend a few minutes a day just playing around, I guarantee that in a week or two you will understand phrasal verbs better than 99% of non-native professional English teachers.
You will also find it much easier to remember new phrasal verbs, because they will make more sense.
There are three things you can do.
Click on the comments above.
Or you could send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
And you could leave an honest review at Amazon. (Remember. You can use any name you want. I will never know who you are.) You can do that by going here and scrolling down the page a little. It’s easy.
You can also give me suggestions for future editions. For example, maybe your favourite phrasal verbs are not here, or perhaps you would like a Spanish- or a Chinese-language edition. All suggestions welcome.
Free Future Editions Forever
Everybody who comments, everybody who reviews, will get the new editions free forever. I promise you that.
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.
(O si prefieres en español, se puede bajar tu aplicación de lectura gratuita aquí)
It only takes a few minutes.
And soon you will understand phrasal verbs better than 99% of the non-native teachers who taught you.