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PhraseMix is a way to learn languages. It is based on the idea that memorizing phrases is the fastest way to learn. Here's why:
- Learning words leaves out so much information. Some words are used in polite conversation, others only at a bar. Lots of words occur in pairs or triplets. Verbs can be transitive or intransitive; nouns can be countable or uncountable. It's impossible to absorb all of this by learning the "meaning" of a word.
- Phrases are grammatical. But unlike explicit grammar study, learning through phrases taps into the mind's natural pattern-detecting capabilities. As you remember more and more phrases that are built similarly to each other, you will begin to develop a feel for how sentences are formed in the language.