How To Make Your Spoken English Sound Natural

You don't need to be Sherlock Holmes to work out ( find out answer or solution) that we use different words in spoken English compared to written English. I really look forward to (anticipate with pleasure) teaching lessons where we look into (find out about something) phrasal verbs. I always look for (seek) ways to help my students sound as natural as possible. Phrasal verbs are an excellent way to do that! Here's how you form phrasal verbs:  VERB + PARTICIPLE (preposition or adverb).

Let's look at a conversation I had last week with a student:

Me: Alessandro, when did you study English before?

Alessandro: Well, I attended a course in 2010.

Me: Do you like studying English?

Alessandro: I really do. I am very interested in English.

Me: Do you study a lot?

Alessandro: Yes, I spend many hours studying.

Alessandro answered my questions really well and used good words. However, he could sound more natural by using these phrasal verbs:

·         to go on a course (to attend)

·         to be into studying English (to enjoy doing something in an active way)

·         to put in lots of time (spend a lot time doing or making something)

There are thousands of phrasal verbs in English and unfortunately there are no rules to tell you how to form them correctly. The best way to learn them (like any vocabulary) is in context. Remember phrasal verbs are good for making your spoken English sound natural. They are not so good for formal writing. If you are an intermediate student, or above, try and get into (start enjoying something or to become enthusiastic about it) and don’t put off (to postpone) learning phrasal verbs!

Here is a summary of all the phrasal verbs from this page. Remember they are both British and American English friendly!

work out- find out answer or solution

look forward to-anticipate with pleasure

look into-find out about something

look for-seek

go on-attend/take part in a course/training

be into-enjoy doing something

get into-start enjoying something

put in-spend time doing or making something

put off-postpone

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