Learn Everyday English Dialogues & Phrasal Verbs

Aside from reading in English, it is also really valuable to learn how to casually speak with other people. If you have ever felt frustrated because you couldn’t find the words to express yourself in English, then these phrasal verbs should help! By learning everyday English dialogue, you’ll be able to express yourself with native English speakers.

Study the everyday English dialogues and the examples below. For extra practice, write your own dialogue using phrasal verbs like the ones below:

Common English Phrasal Verbs

To invite someone over (to invite someone to your house)

After getting to know someone, you may decide to invite them over to your home to spend time together. An informal way of asking someone to your house is to invite them over. You might use this in conversation when letting someone know that you’ve invited someone else over.

Example: I invited my co-workers over this afternoon to play board games.

A get together

Gathering a group of people together is often called a get together. You can have a get together at your house or you can invite people to restaurant, bar, or some other fun activity.

Example: We’re having a get together at the bookstore tonight at 6pm.

To get together (to meet)

When wanting to meet with someone or a group of people, you can say:

Example: Let’s get together tomorrow at 5pm.

To have someone over (to have someone visit you)

Having people visiting you at your house is often described as having someone over.

Example: I had some friends over for dinner last night.

To come over (to someone's place/house/store)

You might one day decide to ask your new American friends to come over for dinner or lunch.

Example: Peter came over last night to return my book.

To perk up

During everyday dialogues in English, you’ll hear this phrasal verb when talking about food or maybe even coffee. When a person gets a burst of energy, they’ll describe this as perking up.

Example: I just need to have a snack before we go out tonight and then I’ll perk up.

To look forward to

If you’re waiting in anticipation for an event to occur, then chances are you’re looking forward to that happening. This phrasal verb is used for something positive, as you wouldn’t look forward to a negative event occurring

Example: I’m looking forward to vacation this month, so I can escape the cold weather.

To come up with

When you’re searching for a solution for something that’s needed or wanted, then you could say that you’re coming up with something. You’ll often hear people say that they’re coming up a new idea through brainstorming.

Example: We’re trying to come up with a new project for 2017.

If you want to learn more about everyday English dialogue, then this sample passage should also help!

Sample Passage 1 – Inviting Friends Over to Your Home

Sarah: Hey, Peter. Do you want to come over tonight? (to come to my house and spend some time together)

Peter: Sure, that would be nice. See you later!

Sarah: Do you want me to make some food for us?

Peter: Sure, even better. Should I bring anything?

Sarah: Maybe a bottle of wine.

Peter: Cool, done (= yes, I will do that).

So Sarah just invited a friend over (to invite someone over-> to invite someone to come to your house).

Now Sarah is remembering the evening: Yesterday, I invited my friend Peter over.

We had tons (lots of) fun. Hopefully, we will be able to get together again soon (get together = meet and spend time together).

By using these phrases in everyday English dialogue, you’ll better be able to get your point across in conversation. Practice these on your own and then with your closest friends and you’ll quickly master these phrasal verbs!

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Marike Korn