10 Common Phrasal Verbs Cards



Do you find it difficult to learn phrasal verbs?

If your answer is ‘yes’, it means that you are a completely normal learner. It needs a long time and practice to start to use phrasal verbs. When you don’t have a chance to use what you have learned, it’s almost impossible to keep it in your mind.

Phrasal verbs are mostly used in everyday conversation. Unfortunately, most of us don’t speak this language in our daily lives, just read or listen something in English. Naturally, we have some difficulties to learn or master idioms and phrasal verbs.

However, it’s not impossible to learn and begin to use them. After a lot of reading and research, I came up with a list of suggestions.

There are five important things which you have to do to learn phrasal verbs.

  1. Don’t try to learn all phrasal verbs, try to learn most common ones.
  2. Try to catch them while watching TV series (with English subtitles), listening to music (with lyrics), reading news or stories.
  3. Learn them one at a time; when you read or hear a phrasal verb, note it down and check its meaning in a good dictionary.
  4. Use some mobile apps which can teach you common phrasal verbs with interesting stories and amusing illustrations.
  5. Create your own phrasal verb cards via some mobile and web applications.

Here are ten cards which I prepared for Ukla Language Academy. I will keep going on designing more cards for common phrasal verbs, for now, enjoy these;

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Here are three phrasal verbs games. Have fun!

 Basic Phrasal Verbs 1

Basic Phrasal Verbs 2

Basic Phrasal Verbs 3


Can you write a story with 250 characters?


Have you ever tried to write a story in your mother tongue? Have you ever tried to write a story in English?


If you have never tried it, why don’t you start today since it is a wonderful way to improve your grammar and vocabulary?

In language learning, stories have a great importance as they offer you new language items in a meaningful context. The human brain processes new information by connecting with the old one. Reading and writing stories can easily boost this process.

I know you don’t have time to read books or long stories, but you want to learn English very quickly and start to use it immediately. So, you need some easy to understand and ready to use materials which must also be fun and beneficial.

With this post, I’d like to introduce a new mobile application which may not meet all of your needs, but it will have a great impact on your learning. Capture

It’s called TaleHunt.  If you want to read very short stories (max.250 characters), you should definitely download this app then.

A few favorite stories which were posted by TaleHunt users;









You can also write your own short stories using TaleHunt. You have only 250 characters, so you are supposed to choose your words really smart and carefully. Start writing your stories, share them with the TaleHunt community or with your friends via twitter or facebook, and make your English visible!

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If you are still not sure about using it, maybe Stephen King could persuade you.

5 REASONS to READ these awesome FREE COMICS



Most people think that comic books are just for kids, not for adults. Although graphic novels, comic books and manga are really popular in Japan and the USA, they don’t get the credits they deserve in our country (Turkey).

So, if people don’t prefer reading comics much, why am I trying to introduce you these books? In my opinion, learning a language has a powerful effect on people. Language learners are more open new experiences and willing to try different ways to get better at English. Since I started teaching, I have seen many examples of this. People who didn’t use to like poetry started to read poems, or who didn’t use to care music, except for pop, started to listen to jazz or country. I hope comic books can help you change your view to language learning and you can give a chance to different ways of practicing.



It is easy to read a comic book because there are always a few words.


wolverineIdioms and slangs in comics can boost your learning experience and suggest you more modern forms of expression.

spidermanYour brain works more actively as you have to depend on the dialogues and illustrations. You will try to guess what is not written.

hulkThere are fewer words, but you still can improve your word power. Because images, expressions and the storyline help you understand the text      more easily by stimulating your brain more.


Comic books are fun and more interesting. Be honest and tell me if you really like reading those graded readers which are mostly lack of the beauty of literature. On the other hand, comic books offer us something extraordinary, surprising and creative.

where can I get them

I know that it’s not easy to find comic books in English in a bookstore if you live in a country like Turkey. There comes the beauty of the internet. You can find some links below to read cool comic books online and free. It is also possible to buy digital affordable comic books. So, you can read them on your computers or tablets.

Let’s have fun!


The Wormworld Saga is a digital graphic novel. It is one of the most successful webcomics, and a great one to start reading comics.


crossedCROSSED is a horror comic book for mature readers from Avatar Press.  Dead or Alive is extreme entertainment for adults. Anyone under 18, or anyone easily offended, please go no further.



Star Power is a webcomic, created by Michael “Mookie” Terracciano and Garth Graham In the far future, a young astronomer on a distant space station is chosen to wield the Star Power. Now, as the last of the Star Powered Sentinels, she must protect and explore a galaxy far more dangerous and wondrous than she could have ever imagined.

the-walking-dead-comic1The Walking Dead is mostly known as an American horror-drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. Actually, it is an amazing comic book adaptation.  Here is the uncut, first issue of creator Robert  Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic book series.

9b6c2464fbcf7a371c573f2da26ff6f1ComiXology is a cloud-based digital comics platform with over 200 million comic downloads. You can find a lot of free issues of great comic books, and it is possible to read them on your mobile devices via ComiXology app. You can find lots of comics with very cheap prices.

Icons used in this post were created by mattahan (Paul Davey). 

Can’t get to class? 5 tips to improve your pronunciation at home

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When studying a language at home, it’s all too easy to forget about pronunciation.

There are loads of resources out there to help you create structured plans for grammar and vocabulary, but when it comes to studying pronunciation, it can be difficult to know where to start.

If you’d like to improve your pronunciation but you’re not sure how to go about it, try some of these ideas:

1. Warm up: Speaking a different language requires you to use your mouth muscles in a completely new way. Learning tongue twisters is a great way to train your muscles and have some fun getting to grips with the sounds of the language. omniglot.com has an excellent list in a wide range of languages.

2. Listen: Find a short audio recording of a native speaker. Record yourself speaking on your phone or computer and compare it to the native speaker’s pronunciation. Note…

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Useful youtube videos to get better @ English


learn english with youtubeYoutube; we visit it many times during the day to listen to the music, watch short films, documentaries, news etc. You can also learn how to cook, how to paint, how to play an instrument. How about learning English? I’m sure you’ve already tried it. There are thousands of videos and channels to improve your English. However, it seems a bit difficult to find the useful ones.

I have prepared a list of channels that can be a bit better among all those. This is the first part of it, you’ll get the second part soon.

EF podEnglish – Learn English!

VOA Learning English

EnglishLessons4U – Learn English with Ronnie! [engVid]


Learn English with Let’s Talk – Free English Lessons

StoryCorps; listen to the real stories of real people

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Stories are everywhere – in the street, in newspapers, on TV. Every day you tell a lot of anecdotes and real life stories. Telling a story is one of the easiest way to teach and learn something as it helps us understand our world and personal experience better.

I would like to introduce a great place to listen to the real stories of people.


StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs. It is not a website prepared for English Language Learners. However, it can help you in so many ways.

First, all these videos and audio records have transcripts. It means you can read and listen to them at the same time. If subtitles aren’t shown, you can turn them on by using  the icon marked on the picturesubtitles.

Second; you can download and listen to them anytime, anywhere.  

Third; you will be a part of real people’s lives by listening to their stories from their own voices. It is so real, powerful and emotional.

IMG_45321-300x180If you like to share your own stories or listen to the stories on your mobile devices, you can download  StoryCorps app and step into this huge community.


How do mobile apps help you to learn English better?


internet-application-vector_23-2147495404Years ago, I had a really hardworking student in one of my business classes. He was trying to finish every task assigned and  not to miss any lessons. He was in one of my beginner classes, but he knew a lot of words and tried hard to use them. He used to ask for more resources, so he could practice at home. More photocopies, more ebooks, more audio, more and more. Also, he was showing me his resources which he got from the internet or some other teachers. Then I realized that he was collecting all these resources and studying the same level again and again. He didn’t have a way to use them systematically.  Last month, I saw him again after two years and felt sad when I learned that he is still in pre-intermediate level. I got upset because when we studied for the last time, he was about to start the pre-intermediate level.

Most of us are like my old student; we collect so many materials that it makes us assume we have all information they offer. Like having libraries of books at your home, which you don’t read but like to keep.

Unfortunately, it is really difficult to reach targets without having an approach or a systematic way.

Today, it’s much easier to get all those resources and more. Mobile applications are one of the practical ways to improve your skills and keep your English up-to-date.

In this blog post, you will find some suggested apps to improve your English and some tips to use them efficiently.

  • Tip 1: Don’t Download Everything

Yes, it’s not a good idea to download every app you see. You shouldn’t let your mobile phone or tablet turn into apps graveyard. Before downloading, read reviews, watch promotional videos of them and then decide if they are going to be helpful or not.

  • Tip 2: Make a Plan and Set Targets

Don’t consider that you will learn easily and quickly by just downloading those apps. You need to use them regularly. So, make a plan, decide how much time you can spend on them every day. Try to stick to your plan.

  • Tip 3: Use a Reminder

We clearly study better when someone or something reminds our duties.There are also some apps for this. But you can simply use your mobile devices reminders, too. Don’t forget; we work better when we are nudged.

  • Tip 4: Prepare Checklists

When you download a new app, learn what you can do with that. Decide how often you can practice with it.  Then, define your targets, and try to stick to your plan.

  • Tip 5: Switch the Apps Time to Time

You can’t get better by just studying grammar or watching videos. You need to read or study vocabulary or listen and repeat the audio resources. Use different apps and resources without exaggerating the number of them.

  • Tip 6: Use the Old Learning Habit

Learning by listening or watching is a new way for most of us. We still feel better when we write new things down and review them time to time. So, use this way, it can be old but not useless at all. When you hear or see new words on those apps, write them down to your small notebooks. Keep checking them regularly.

  • Tip 7: Don’t Give Up

If you think that you can’t learn with that app, don’t give up learning, give up that application. There are hundreds of apps and websites and ways out there. Try them till you find your way.


practice english grammar

This app is for basic and advanced learners on iPhones, iPads, Android and Kindle Fire. You can find grammar quizzes, flashcards, learning games and grammar articles.


downloadThis app was created by DS&T Modern English Studio. They have apps for all levels for android and also iOS users. Some of them are free, but you have to buy some lessons in some of them.There are video lessons, practice sections, tests and you have a workbook tests after each lesson. Check their apps in Google Store and Appstore

imagesListen & Speak is an android app that uses an advanced learning technique where short language patterns are read, understood, and pronounced in sequence. The application then analyzes your pronunciation, telling you how well you have done.


uk_grammar_app_icon_rndcrn_144British Council offers a lot of learning materials on its web page and with its free apps, it can help you more.

Check this page to reach all their apps.


600 english grmmar tasks

This grammar test is a good way to improve your English grammar knowledge. Stunning minimalist design and clear user interface make it easy to test your English language skills.
This English Grammar Test app is perfect for the pre-intermediate level. Available for both platforms; http://sevenlynx.com/

elevateActually, Elevate is not an app designed for language learners. It is a personal brain trainer which aims to improve your overall cognitive ability.It offers games which are classified according to four categories: reading, speaking, listening, and writing. It can be suitable for intermediate and above.  Available for both platforms; http://elevateapp.com/

voa wordbook

The Mobile Wordbook app is available free through the iTunes app store and Google play store  and has about 1,000 entries from the VOA Learning English wordbook.  It helps users build their vocabulary by hearing how words are pronounced and used, and seeing images that make the meaning clear.

Please share ‘your’ favorite apps below and tell us why you like them.

You can reach old entries posted under Apps category here; https://englishinlife.wordpress.com/category/apps/ 

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