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How many lessons do you study per day?

A reader sent me an email asking me how many PhraseMix lessons he should study per day.

Personally, I would try to learn 2 new phrases per day. I would not only read the lessons, but try to search for other examples of each of the phrases on the Internet and on YouTube.

I would also spend 10-15 minutes per day reviewing lessons that I'd previously learned. A flashcard system would help out with this a lot.

But then again, I already know English. I don't use PhraseMix to study, so my opinion doesn't count! 

What's your study routine? Do you learn the current day's lesson and then go do something else? Do you sit down once a week and try to cram all of the new lessons for that week? I'm dying to know!

2013 is the Year of English!

Year of English

Dear PhraseMix fan,

You've probably been studying English for many years. Each year you get a little bit better, but you still haven't reached the heights of fluency that you wished for.

2013 is the year.

This year, make a commitment that you're going to become fluent. Write it down. Share it with your friends: "I'm going to become FLUENT in English in 2013!"

To help you, I'm putting together a FREE daily newsletter. You can sign up for it at

How is this different from PhraseMix?

PhraseMix is a specific kind of learning method, based on learning and memorizing useful phrases. I believe it's one of the most effective methods for learning a language.

The Year Of English newsletter will include some lessons, but also advice, and assignments. There will be...

How can you find English speakers to talk with?

Night Club

One complaint I often hear from English learners is that it's hard to find people to practice with.

I agree that it can be hard. You have to change your habits to put yourself in new situations where you get more English practice. It takes a little bit of bravery. You have to be willing to speak with strangers, even though it may be a little uncomfortable.

But where do you actually find English speakers? Here are a few of my ideas — some simple and some a little crazy.

  • Go to the site and search for an English-based group in your city that matches one of your interests.
  • Try a language exchange site like
  • If you're living or studying abroad in an English-speaking country, take a class on something other than English: an exercise class, cooking class,...

The reason that PhraseMix works

What is PhraseMix about?

Whenever I meet someone new and introduce myself, I have to explain what PhraseMix is. To be honest, it's always a little bit difficult. I say something like this:

I run a website for people who are learning English as a second language. I write lessons each day and post them on the site. Each lesson is based on one English sentence. I explain what that sentence means and then I break it down into the phrases that make up the sentence. There are also illustrations for each lesson. The lessons are all free, but some people pay to get an audio version of them.

As a description, this works. But it's longer than I'd like, and it also doesn't really explain what's special about PhraseMix. I'd love to be able to summarize what PhraseMix is in just one or two...

Working at an English-speaking company is easier than you think!

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to work in a company where everyone spoke English? Do you imagine that you'd need to reach a really high level of English fluency to do that?

The truth is, you're probably closer than you think!

This week, I was talking with a friend who started a new job. She's not a native English speaker, but all of her new coworkers are. Naturally my friend was concerned about what her new coworkers think of her English ability. Although she's been living in the U.S. for years, she was still worried about whether her English was "good enough".

My friend's English is totally "good enough". And yours might be too.

Native English speakers, especially ones in big cities, are used to speaking with foreigners. In every job I've ever had, there have been several...

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