PhraseMix.com helps you to speak real English more naturally and confidently. Instead of learning unconnected words and boring grammar, PhraseMix teaches you to look for meaningful phrases which mix both grammar and vocabulary. We explain what each phrase means, how it sounds to English speakers, and when you can actually use it in the real world.
PhraseMix has over 500 FREE English lessons, with new ones added all the time! Subscribers to the paid PhraseMix Premium service can read over 1,750 lessons, and can also listen to audio recordings of each one.
Why teach phrases?
People don't speak a language well just by learning single words and grammar points. Instead, fluent speakers remember longer groups of words that work well together. When you memorize phrases and word combinations, it's easy to know what to say next.
What's so great about PhraseMix?
PhraseMix teaches NATURAL language
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".
PhraseMix only teaches the most USEFUL phrases
Lots of websites and books promise to teach you English phrases. But a lot of them focus on phrases that are "interesting" to native English speakers, but not actually be very common. For example, many lists of phrases focus on idioms like these:
It's raining cats and dogs.
The early bird gets the worm.
I have two left feet.
But PhraseMix also teaches you common word collocations. Collocations are words that often come together. For example, people usually use the words "nice" and "day" together:
It's such a nice day out.
People use the word "nice" more often than "fine" or "good", even though they mean almost the same thing. PhraseMix teaches you about these kinds of patterns.
PhraseMix makes it EASY to memorize phrases
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:
- The sentences are short and don't include too many difficult words.
- Each sentence is tied to a specific and easy-to-imagine situation.
- There's a fun illustration to help you picture the situation.
Once you've memorized the phrase, it should be easy to remember the words and phrases that are part of it.
About the author:
My name is Aaron Knight, and I am a language learning freak. It all started when I decided to move to Japan in my early twenties and bought a series of tapes to learn Japanese. Language learning became a hobby, then an obsession.
At the same time that I was learning Japanese, I was also teaching English as a foreign language. I've taught English to all kinds of people:
- native English-speaking high school students in the U.S.
- businessmen and housewives at an eikaiwa in Japan
- Japanese junior high school kids with ability ranging from beginner to near-native fluency
- graduate students in a university who needed to work on their accents
- tens of thousands of PhraseMix.com readers
I have a B.A. in English Education from North Carolina State University.