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...
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...
Today a new PhraseMix subscriber asked for a feature which I was able to create pretty quickly.
The PhraseMix audio player includes a "repeat" button. Until now, the "repeat" button would repeat the entire playlist, including both the lesson sentence and the situation.
But what if you want to listen to the example sentence again and again, for example to practice your pronunciation? Now all you have to do is click the "Sentence only" link on the bottom left. Then click the "repeat" button to repeat just the sentence.
If you're a subscriber, try it out on any lesson page. If not, you can try it with one example on the "Get Premium" page.
If you have any other features that you'd like to request, please let me know. I can't guarantee that I'll be able to add them immediately, but I...
In our conversation, Adir mentioned that this was his first immersion experience in English. Although he had studied English for many years and even worked with English speakers, it was still a new experience to be fully immersed.
Adir told me about a party that he had gone to a few days earlier. He said that some of the conversation there was really hard to follow because people were using a lot of names of specific things, like the names of local supermarkets and neighborhoods in that city.
I immediately knew what he meant because I've run into that problem in my language study. We spend so much time preparing our general...
I've been thinking of adding a new section to the audio on each lesson for PhraseMix Premium users. It would be a version of the example sentence, split up so that you can hear and repeat the individual parts of the sentence. Here's an example:
Notice the "split" version at the end. What do you think of this format? Would it be useful for you?
I split the sentence up based on functional pieces, instead of just breaking up the sentence in order. Do you like this method? Or would you rather hear it in order?
Would you like for each piece to be repeated multiple times?
Would you like it slower? Faster?
I look forward to your feedback. Thanks!