Monday, June 16, 2014

Free app for higher-level vocabulary: Phrasal Verbs Machine

In general, when I think of a vocabulary app I think of either lower level introduction to words apps or high level college prep apps. It seems children are expected to pick up much of the mid-range vocabulary from reading and conversation. There are some vocabulary concepts such as phrasal verbs that may prove tricky, especially for literal thinkers. A phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition or adverb which creates a meaning different from the original verb. Here is where the app Phrasal Verbs Machine by Cambridge University Press comes in handy.

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I am not a language arts guru. I had actually never heard the term "phrasal verb" before I discovered the Phrasal Verbs Machine app. Once I played around with the app, I realized exactly what they are. As I copied from a dictionary above, a phrasal verb is a verb followed by another word that changes the meaning. Examples of phrasal verbs are put out, polish off and log on. By adding that second word, the definition changes to some degree.

Phrasal Verbs Machine helps introduce students to as well as quiz them on various phrasal verbs. With simple animations and clear dictionary definitions, students can easily learn and review a list of 100 phrasal verbs. Students can even select from five different languages.

This app is geared towards older children who are already able to read or have an adult available to read to them. There is no narration, and sound effects/music can be turned off for those easily distracted.

With entertaining animations that are not babyish, older children will have fun while not feeling like the app is too juvenile. Anyone looking for an app for older children should check out this FREE app!

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At Cambridge University Press, we know that Phrasal verbs are complicated for non-native English speakers to learn and use. We also know that it's essential to use them if we want our writing and speaking to sound natural. However, studying unending lists doesn't seem to be the best way to learn and use them efficiently. 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.

- That's why we decided to reach out to The Amazing Phraso, our phrasal verb expert, to see if he could help us with the visual part. In this application, we can find animated illustrations of 100 phrasal verbs set in the circus world of our main character Phraso and his friends. 

- Frequently, phrasal verbs can have more than one meaning. In the examples we've chosen, you can sometimes find the most common and well-known meaning while other times we use the more obscure one. In any case, you can always find an example sentence in English and the translation into five different languages. We've also included other meanings when they are useful or necessary to fully understand the phrasal verb. 

- We hope that the Phrasal Verbs Machine will help you lose your fear of phrasal verbs and show you that, with the right tools, using them is easier than it looks. We hope you find it useful!

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