Phrasal verbs are very important in the English language and you need to know lots of them to reach a good English level.
However it is one of the most challenging stuff to learn and use them naturally. So let’s see why it is so difficult to learn phrasal verbs:
- first of all there are hundreds of them
- it is difficult to guess their meanings
- one phrasal verb can have different meanings
- some of them are separable (I’ ll call John back)
- some are inseparable (I run out of sugar) -quedarse sin…
- they contain two or three words (give back, come up with – idear).
But don’t despair because you already know lots of them. However we still need to come up with ( idear) some useful ideas to help you learn them better.
- LEARN THEM BY FOCUSING ON ONE VERB AT TIME (today we’re going to see the most common phrasal verbs with get) .
- PERSONALISE THEM – once you’ve checked the meaning try to introduce them into your daily routine, try to use them in sentences about your life.
- LISTEN AND LEARN THEM IN CONTEXT -when you hear a phrasal verb in context try to use the situation to understand the meaning.Ex.: If somebody is angry and says:”I can’t put up with you anymore!”,take a minute and think what they mean: ” Oh, you can’t tolerate anymore! ”
- RECICLE AND REUSE – as with all vocabulary, once you’ve learnt a phrasal verb you have to revise, recycle and reuse it frequently. In other words: “Use it or lose it”. It’s important to keep a notebook that includes phrasal verbs definitions and sample sentences.
Today’s verb is GET and some of the most common phrasal verbs with get:
- Get along or get on (well)- llevarse bien
I get along really well with his sister but there is no way to get on with his mother.
2. Get over, get through – superar
It’s been very hard for Kelly to get through her divorce.
Ben could get over his fear of flying and took a plane to Spain.
3. Get across – trasmitir
I’ve tried everything to get my message across but I wasn’t able to do it.
4. Get together – reunirse o controlar tus emociones
Get yourself together or we will have to leave the bar.
We should all get together one day and go out for a drink.
5. Get by – areglarselas
Do you speak French? I get by.
Monica couldn’t study much but she got by and passed the exam.
6. Get away with – lograr, no ser castigado por algo.
Joe thought he could get away with his lies but this time he’s been caught.
7. Get around – viajar a lugares diferentes.
I’d love to get a round tomorrow, I always stay here for my holidays
8. Get rid of – deshacerse de, quitarse de encima.
Jim should get read of those awful friends of his. They are a bad influence.
9. Get on – subir en autobus, avion, tren.
I’ve had to run to get on the bus.
10. Get off – bajar del autobus, avion, tren.
I got off the train at Atocha station.
11. Get in – subir en coche o taxi.
He run to the car, got in and went to the airport.
12. Get out of – bajar de un coche, taxi.
When he arrived at the airport he got out of the car and rushed into the crowd.