I hope you don't mind me bragging.
I've recently updated the Phrase Mixer, the tool that lets PhraseMix Premium subscribers review PhraseMix English lessons. If you've never used it, try out the limited Phrase Mixer sample version for free.
The Phrase Mixer is something I thought of many years ago when I started building PhraseMix: a simple tool that plays short audio lessons and keeps track of what you've studied so that you can review it later. I've finally created that tool, and I'm happy to share it with you.
How does it work?
Each PhraseMix lesson has an audio recording. When you visit a lesson page and listen to it, that lesson gets automatically added to your "review list". The review list tells the Phrase Mixer which lessons to play for you.
The Phrase Mixer also tries to...
If you're just reading each PhraseMix lesson, you're doing it wrong.
I used to teach at an English conversation school in Japan. The students were mostly Japanese housewives and businessmen who came in two or three times a week.
There was one student who had been coming to the school for years: Mr. Haneda. He was an older man, very quiet and friendly. Most of the teachers like him, but we also dreaded having him in our class. That's because it took so long for Mr. Haneda to finish his sentences. He would start a sentence and then search for the words to finish his thoughts.
The funny thing about Mr. Haneda is that he had a huge vocabulary. Whenever I tried to introduce a new word to him, he already knew it. He could talk about a wide variety of topics, but just... very......
I don't spend much time these days studying foreign languages.
I used to spend a lot of free time trying to improve my Japanese. I was able to come up with new ideas for how to learn English based on my own language studies. But for the past year and a half, I haven't spent much time at all on Japanese language practice. Instead, I've been learning a computer language. I've been learning to code.
Starting is hard. Becoming OK is easy. Getting good is very very hard.
Learning a computer programming language is similar in some ways to learning a language like English or Japanese. As with a foreign language, it seemed impossible at first. I didn't even know where to start typing the code and how to make it run.
Then I learned a little bit, and it was amazing how quickly I was able to...
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If you have a general question about English, don't email it to me directly; post it on the PhraseMix Chat page so that other readers can see your question and learn from my answer. Sometimes I answer these questions; sometimes I even write a full PhraseMix Answers article about them. I don't answer every question, but I try my best.
If you just want to say how much you love PhraseMix, post it anywhere you...
People love lists.
That's what I've decided after looking at the recent web traffic numbers for PhraseMix.com.
There's one post which stands out as by far the most popular one I've ever written. To give you an idea of how popular it is, it gets more visitors than the actual PhraseMix.com home page!
Not only that, but three of the other most popular pages on PhraseMix are lists:
- The 25 most famous English movie quotes
- 15 ways to say "Hello" in English
- 99 English phrases to say "I love you"
So am I going to drop everything and focus all of my energy on writing lists? Probably not.
Lists are fun and...