PhraseMix began in 2009 in New York City. Our mission was to teach real English, the way that it's used in the real world.
Instead of learning single words and boring grammar rules, PhraseMix teaches you to look for meaningful phrases. When you study phrases, you learn both vocabulary and grammar at the same time.
In each lesson, we introduce a real English sentence, explain when you can use it, and break it down into meaningful words and phrases.
Most classes and textbooks teach a formal style of English that's used in writing. But it's not as useful for real-world situations. That's one reason that you might have trouble understanding native English speakers, even if you've studied English for a long time in school.
PhraseMix lessons are organized around different realistic situations that you might find yourself in. The phrases we teach are all natural responses to that situation. So you don't have to worry about learning English that sounds "strange".
Most websites and books that promise to teach you English phrases teach idioms like these:
It's raining cats and dogs.
I have two left feet.
But PhraseMix teaches you you a lot of different kinds of English, including collocations:
It's such a nice day out.
We'll just have to make do with what we have.
And even complete proverbs:
Actions speak louder than words.
PhraseMix gives clear explanations if each new word and grammar point. But explanations aren't helpful unless you can remember the phrases. It's easy to remember PhraseMix lessons because:
Once you've memorized the phrase, it should be easy to remember the words and phrases that are part of it.
Aaron Knight is the creator of PhraseMix.com. He has been teaching English since 2001.
In 2005, while living and teaching in Japan, Aaron started to develop an idea for how to learn foreign languages more quickly and easily. That idea eventually became PhraseMix.com.
Aaron has a degree in English education from North Carolina State University.