Phrasal Verbs Machine

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Skills:Grammar, Idioms

What we like best:

The phrasal verb machine has a captivating circus-themed retro interface and soundtrack.

What you should know:

There are some in-app links to social media and prompts to purchase additional apps by the same developer.
Full Review:

Let the Amazing Phraso guide you through the tricky world of phrasal verbs! Phrasal verbs are idiomatic grammatical structures that consist of a verb and another element—usually an adverb or a preposition.

These kinds of phrases—such as “find out” or “head off”—can be tricky for young students to master. This app uses animated illustrations with a retro feel to illustrate various types of phrasal verbs. The machine works by letting language learners mix and match words via a slot-machine interface, and then view a short cartoon clip that visually demonstrates the appropriate concept. Phrasal Verbs Machine is super simple to use and everything—from the old-fashioned machine to the retro cast of circus characters—appeals to kids. Despite this app’s clever concept, there are a few minor annoyances. The graphics, while gorgeous, only work in portrait mode, and the exercises aren’t always easy or intuitive. Still, the interactivity is compelling enough that students won’t be discouraged from practicing.

While this app is a great grammar practice tool for elementary aged students, the game was originally created for ESL students. For this reason, there are multiple additional language modes that can be activated.

Reviewed 2013-06-06 on iPad mini iOS 6.0.1 by Roberta Munoz

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