Phrasal verbs are an essential feature of natural English, but they’re difficult to learn. My phrasal verb podcast can help you.

“A Phrasal Verb a Day” is my other podcast project and it is all about phrasal verbs. I teach you a different phrasal verb in each episode. The episodes are short, and contain definitions, examples and explanations to help you understand and remember these important parts of the English language.

How can I listen? Where are the transcripts?

Click the Episode Archive to listen, download and read transcripts for every episode.
You can also subscribe on iTunes and other podcast software.




Listen to A Phrasal Verb a Day

More Information on phrasal verbs

To search for definitions, examples and more, try using Macmillan’s online dictionary here.

Facts about Phrasal Verbs

Detailed linguistic information on phrasal verbs & a quiz

The Wikipedia page for phrasal verbs

The simple English Wikipedia page for phrasal verbs

Phrasal Verb INFO-GRAPHIC from (nice)

Transcript Collaboration – Write a Transcript

Click here to read more about how you can
contribute transcripts of these phrasal verb episodes using shared Google documents.

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  • Chloé

    Hey Luke,
    I have a question about the phrasal verbs. I don’t know if you’ve already give an answer but how could I learn phrasal verbs?
    Because it’s really hard to learn it…


    • Good question – but the answer is long and quite complex! I’m planning to provide some learning support for these phrasal verb episodes soon. Watch this space.

      • JFM

        Ho Luke ! What a wonderfull work you’ve made

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  • badou

    Hello Luke,

    This is Badou from Toronto, Canada. I would like to let you know that we do not have the last six phrasal verbs on the list which makes them difficult to download. it would be great if you could do something to help us. Thank you for your understand and take care of yourself.

    PS: my English is much much better than it used to be thanks to you. Right now I am attending a class at university and If I remember two years it was unimaginable and I have to say you play a big role. I will never be able to thank you enough. God bless you now and ever!

  • Vladislav

    Hello Luke.

    In the process of downloading “A Phrasal Verb a Day” episodes I faced some problems
    #84 – it offers to save HTML Document but not the mp3 file.
    #88 – an unactive button
    #92 – there’s no any button there to download
    #98 – it offers to save HTML Document but not the mp3 file.
    #99 – the same.
    #100 – the same.
    #122 – an unactive button.
    #125 – it offers to save #124 episode.
    That’s all I had a problems with. I’m sorry if I did something wrong, but I didn’t have any difficulties with other episodes

    • Thanks for the comment Vladislav. I’ve now fixed all those problems.

  • Sanju

    Thanks to Luke English podcast I could get 8.0 for my IELTS listening.. Luke English pod cast rocks….

  • Mike

    Hi Luke
    I have just come across your website and have to congratulate you on all the hard work, time and effort you contribute to making it work for your viewers also.
    The story telling is excellent. And these phrasal verbs are great to view also.

    I am an English teacher working in China. But if I play your audio diologue to my students learning English from ages 11 to 15. I am afraid they will not be able to follow you and understand.
    For young foreign students learning English, the speaking needs to be a little slower for them to understand. Maybe that is something you can consider about in the future.
    Wishing you continuing success with your website here and Podcasts. They are excellent.

    • Hi Mike, It’s is great to hear from you and that Luke’s community is growing but I strongly object to Luke speaking slower, especially in APVAD episodes. They are not for beginners after all. Talking about LEP episodes I think that there are so many of them in terms of difficulty to choose from so you should not have any problem to find the easer ones although I very much doubt if you can find anything for the youngest of your students or for genuine beginners. However, I started listening to LEP after three months of learning English and after next couple of months I was able to understand the most. There is something special in Luke’s speaking what makes him sound as if he spoke my native language. Today, I find LEP too easy to understand but it is still my very much number one because it gives me a perfect pattern and my English instinct develops. In order to pose myself challenge and master my listening skills I have to go for other sources like e.g. TED, podcasts picked by Luke, stand-ups, films and of course real life conversations which happen to be even more difficult to go through that native English speakers because of different levels of English and pronunciation strongly affected by naive languages.

      Luke, what about APVAD? Don’t you know that you are legally and morally obliged by history of humanity to carry on? Do you know that the transcript collaboration team goes to disarray and I find them very difficult to keep together? I am not even going to mention what Jeff’s opinion is. Help! Do not let me write such long, worthless comments when I have my short windows of time and could spend them in a better way. Could you please, put us through hell of the complexity of English phrasal verbs one more time? And then we will die.

      • Hi Andrzej,

        Yes I must get back into APVAD! I paused in production of episodes because I realised that I should be making it more profitable for me! I stopped for purely selfish reasons, thinking “why am I doing all this work for nothing? I think people should pay for this service, honestly”. I think it would be hard for me to monetise it now. I’ve started, so I have to finish. It would be easier if I didn’t have to manage all the pages and links and stuff, but I’m not ready to give that job to someone else yet so it’s down to me. I really appreciate your transcript management. That has been a HUGE help.
        What I will try to do is do several APVAD episodes at a time, every day. That should let me get to #365 as soon as possible.

      • Hi Luke,
        First of all thanks very much for a bunch of brand new phrasal verbs. I really appreciate this and I think that I am not the only one. Do not take me too seriously. When I say ‘you are legally and morally obliged by history of humanity’ you should ask how good lawyers it has. :) From my point of view you can do whatever the heck you want with both podcasts. If you want you can pack it in and become an astronaut for example leaving the world in dismay or turn everything into fully paid service. I would not say a word. Even more, you can always call me out to help. Always take my comments with a pinch of salt (Does it mean what I wanted to say?). Writing them I often indulge myself in a bit of mindless humour maybe because here is one of the few really positive places in this cruel and crazy world.
        The real purpose of this comment was to tell you that I have just come back from a concert by Gipsy Fingers led by Luke Oldfield. Interesting fact about this is that the leader of the band has a very famous surname after his father and even more famous first name after…, you know. Bye!
        ps. The bass player was really great.

  • Vlad

    Thanks for making this podcast. Even though, I started to listen to it quite recently, this really helps me to broaden my vocabuary, and I already use these phrasal verbs in daily speaking. Thanks for it and don’t give up on it!

  • Andrzej

    Let’s imagine you finish this series with 365 episodes leaving free access to only 1/3 of them, publish a book called “A Phrasal Verb a Day with Luke” putting everything inside as transcripts, audio and some exercises, throw in a proper number of Jeffs, pink gorillas and the like, it becomes a blockbuster, you become richer than Bill and more famous than Elvis…

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