If You Want To Sound More Like A Native Speaker ...
... use phrasal verbs.
We use phrasal verbs in conversation and informal writing all the time. You'll even find them in more formal writing, like
- blog posts and articles
- reports and proposals
as well as in everyday English such as leaflets and adverts.
And of course, you hear them all the time. Between friends, family - and customers, colleages and clients.
In fact, if you don't use them, you sound over-formal and old-fashioned. Here's an example:
"He established a company last year." (Too formal)
"He set up a company last year." (Natural)
So why don't YOU use them?
So if phrasal verbs are so common and so natural, why don't you use them more often?
The problem is that phrasal verbs can be difficult to use correctly.
There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it's the grammar, but often it's because one phrasal verb can be used in different ways:
"He set up a company." ("set up"= established)
"He set me up with the job." ("set up" = arranged)
"He set up the equipment." ("set up" = made it ready)
One verb can have three meanings!
This is why so many people decide that phrasal verbs are impossible and they look for another word instead.
But they're missing a great opportunity to speak English like a native, because...
Using phrasal verbs closes the gap between you and a native speaker.
Why traditional methods don't help
If you've studied phrasal verbs, you probably saw them at different levels of a text book.
So you learn "come in" or "go away" at beginner level and "look after" or "bring up" at intermediate level, etc.
But when you have a conversation with a native speaker, they don't "filter" their English to only use basic or intermediate phrasal verbs. They use lots of interesting phrasal verbs like "boil down to" or "squirrel away" - which you'll probably never find in a textbook.
You need a way to understand complicated phrasal verbs as well.
If you "squirrel something away" (like money), you hide it like a squirrel hides its food.
How the Phrasal Verbs Masterclass helps YOU
Because you can't predict which phrasal verb a native speaker will use, you need to know some basic "rules" that will help you understand.
I show you these basic rules so that you can easily get the meaning.
I've developed my Phrasal Verbs Masterclass to help you quickly:
- see and understand 700 phrasal verbs in context - AND
- create your own sentences, presentations and conversations using these phrasal verbs
At the end of the 3-week program you'll be able to use phrasal verbs for business confidently and accurately.
Imagine being able to
- build better relationships with business associates and customers because you use the same English
- understand native-speaking English customers - and reply using similar English
- read and understand business stories and industry articles easily and quickly
It's all possible with this 3-week training program.
Flexible, extensive training designed for you
I know you're busy. That's why I designed the program to fit into your schedule. Every week you get
- a workbook with the week's phrasal verbs (and "basic rules" for understanding)
- full explanations and example sentences
- online quizzes to help you remember the phrasal verb
In the premium version of this program you also get
- extra daily practice using phrasal verbs for your own business situation, such as customer conversations, business meetings and presentations, or your own examples
- feedback on your practice (send me a voice recording or an email and get feedback and suggestions)
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Unlock 700 Business Phrasal Verbs
Each week we focus on one area of business.
Week 1 - Money, Success, Work
- Get essential phrasal verbs to talk about costs and calculations, business accounting and business operations
- Get fluent when you talk about spending money, earning and saving money and what success means to you
- Be more confident when you talk about your work, responsibilities and career
Week 2 - Planning, Thinking and Progress
- Get essential phrasal verbs to talk people through the planning process and to talk about scheduling and time
- Get creative with how you talk about understanding, expectations and necessity
- Keep on track with your projects with phrasal verbs to talk about improvements
Week 3 - Communication
- Get essential phrasal verbs for negotiations, meetings, discussions and informal chats
- Become a communication "pro" with phrasal verbs to describe all types of communication behaviours, from criticism to persuasion
- Get fluent when you talk on the phone, read or write
Close the gap between you and a native English speaker with these 700 phrasal verbs!
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How I will help you
I help over 375,000 people learn English with me every month on my website - and I can help YOU!
I've taught English as a Foreign Language for more than 20 years, to people from all over the world. This means I'm familiar with most pronunciation problems and typical mistakes.
I teach people who need English for their jobs, but also for socialising, holidays and everyday life. I also prepare students for the Cambridge Examinations, IELTS and TOEFL.
I have the DELTA teaching qualification (the highest teaching qualification for EFL in the UK) and a degree in French with Linguistics from Southampton University. I'm also the author of 6 learning-English books, covering English grammar, speaking, vocabulary and business.
How you learn with me
To speak English, you need to feel confident. That's why I also focus on showing you the things you can do to become more confident and relaxed, so that you can speak English more easily.
I know how you feel
I've learnt both French and Italian, so I understand the challenges and frustrations of learning a language. But I also understand the excitement and happiness - the sense of achievement - that you get when you can understand and speak another language. I support and encourage you on every step of your journey to fluency!
I've also lived in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. I love travelling and learning about new cultures. For many years, I also wrote for the Guardian (a UK national newspaper) advising people on how to write their CVs and prepare for interviews.
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