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...
PhraseMix began 3 years ago today, in October 2009. Since then, it's grown to over 1,400 lessons and tens of thousands of readers. To celebrate, I made a little video. Enjoy!
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!
- to get a job
- to get into school
- to make friends or relationships
- to travel
- because they like the feeling of accomplishment
As I started to think about it a little bit more, I realized that it's even more basic than that. I think that there are basically three categories of motivation for learning a language. Most people study a language because they want to use it for something, they want to experience something different, or they just like the feeling of learning. I call these three types the Pragmatist, the Adventurer, and the Accomplishment Junkie.
A "pragmatist" is someone who's realistic, practical, and efficient.
The pragmatic language learner studies a language because it's useful....
I hope you won't be embarrassed if I praise you a little.
You're one of the very best and bravest English learners. How do I know that? Because you're reading this. You're reading a blog post written in English, on a site that's written completely in English, without a bit of translation into your native language.
It's not easy to do that. I know that you probably come across a lot of sentences that you don't understand here. You might even be confused by some of the items in the site navigation. Even if you do understand it, I know that it takes a little bit of extra concentration and patience.
Most English learners don't do this. They stick to learning materials that are written in their native language. Learning through your native language can be useful at first, and you will make...