Phrasal verbs are interesting. A phrasal verb has two parts: a verb and an adverb or preposition or both. The meaning of the phrasal verb is usually different from the meaning of the verb in it. Some phrasal verbs are idioms, and many are informal ways of saying something that people use in their everyday conversation. Most kids learn phrasal verbs naturally by listening and talking everyday. Since the construction of phrasal verbs don’t follow grammars or any other rules, it can be hard for ESL learners or kids with learning difficulties. We share a free app today to help kids and ESL learners to learn phrasal verbs more efficiently.
Phrasal verb machine is a free app from Cambridge University Press. It used short animated stories to act out the meaning of the words, making it is easier for learners to understand and to remember these words. As stated in the app introduction: Phrasal verbs are, more than anything, action. And action must be visual. The more visually stimulating the learning, the better we will understand and assimilate the phrasal verbs.
There are two ways to use the app. When you start the app, you can pick between learning and practicing. To learn the phrasal verbs, choose “Phrasal verbs view” button. To practice, pick the “exercise” button. The app has animated illustrations of 100 phrasal verbs. The stories are set in the circus world with a main character Phraso and his friends. Those short videos are cartoons with British style humor, making it fun to watch. Below the videos, there are explanations and example sentences for users to see how to use the phrasal verbs in communications.
One thing to note, frequently, phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning. Most cases, the app uses the most common and well-known meaning, while other times it picks the more obscure one. Users need know these are just one of the meanings, so later on, when they encounter situations that the meanings are different, they should not be surprised.
Phrasal Verbs Machine is a fun free app that can be really helpful for those who need study phrasal verbs. With the funny style, it will help users lose their fear of phrasal verbs and gain confidence in using them.
Phrasal Verbs Machine is available on Apple App Store and Google Play. It is Free.
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