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My crazy challenge for you: become a YouTube star!

If you already have plenty of English-speaking friends or colleagues, you can skip this advice. Just go talk to them and make sure to keep doing it each day. But if your big problem is that you don't have anyone to use English with, I have a solution for you.

A way to find people to speak English with

I'd like you to make a video of yourself speaking English and put it up on the Internet.

The reason for doing this is to make contact with English speakers, both native speakers and other learners like you. If you create something interesting, people will find it. Then maybe they will comment on it. Eventually, some viewers might even contact you.

Of course, it will take a while for that to happen. But while you're waiting for your audience to grow, you will also be practicing your...


41 unique ways to practice listening to English

Listening

Our PhraseMix Premium service gives you a super-easy way to improve your English by listening to key example sentences. But there are lots of other ways to practice listening to English, if you're willing to put in the time and effort. We've pulled together a big list of 41 interesting ways that you can improve your listening skill.

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    Get hooked on an English TV show.

    Find an English-language drama or comedy that seems interesting, and start watching it from the beginning. Follow the storylines and get to know all the characters. Not sure what to watch? Here's a list of some of the best TV series of all time.

    How this can help:

    To learn English, you have to practice consistently for a long time. When you find a TV show you like a lot, it's easy to spend hours and hours...


Another interview: ALsensei from the English 2.0 podcast

ALsensei from alsensei.com interviewed me recently for his English 2.0 podcast. We talked about the most common questions English learners ask, my ideas for how to learn English faster, and tips for being productive. Check out the interview here:

English 2.0 Teacher Interview 5 - Aaron from PhraseMix


A cool trick for memorizing sentences

Someone recently told me about a cool trick for memorizing things. 

I wish I could remember who told me about the trick, and where they got it from. But I looked the trick up online and found an article about it from QuickAndDirtyTips.com.

Imagine that you're trying to memorize a PhraseMix sentence (which I strongly recommend that you do). The normal way to memorize the sentence would be to repeat the full thing, again and again, from the beginning. So try that now. Read this sentence out loud to yourself five times:

“I'd just like to say, on behalf of everyone here, good luck in your new home.”

Now close your eyes, wait a few seconds, and try to say the whole sentence without reading it.

Did it work? If so, great!

If not, then you probably got the first part of the...


An interview with the "Let's Master English" podcast

This week, I was interviewed for a podcast called "Let's Master English". The host, Coach Shane, is a really smart guy and easy to talk to.

We talked about how I got started with PhraseMix, some of my recommendations for language learners, describe my idea of "bottlenecks" in language learning, and the upcoming live PhraseMix Academy class.

Listen here:

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/letsmasterenglish/id/2525448

And you can also subscribe to the podcast with iTunes.

 





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