I see a lot of emails and comments from English learners. Some of them are well-written, but others are filled with mistakes and hard to read.
There are so many different rules to follow and think about when you're writing in English. It might seem impossible to learn them all. But it's...
A PhraseMix reader asked this interesting question:
I have realized that some people use present tense mixed with past tense while talking about past events. For instance, check out the following statement:
I wouldn't say the man lied to his surbordinates yesterday. However, it is...
The new Phrase Mixer review tool that I released last week represents an important new direction for PhraseMix Premium. It's the "lean-back" language learning experience.
"Lean-back experience" is a term that I learned at my day job at a large magazine publishing company. A few years ago,...
The Phrase Mixer is a powerful tool for memorizing phrases. It automatically selects past lessons for you to review.
The newer the lesson, the more often it pops up in the player. This allows you to learn lessons really well at first, then review...
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Here's a list of useful collocations for the word "time":
What do people do with time?
- spend time on things
- devote time to things
"Devote" is similar to "spend" but seems more thoughtful and purposeful.
- waste time
(But not you, of course!)
- be out of...
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...
The end of December in the U.S. is known as "the Holidays".
The word "holiday" can mean any holiday, from religious holidays to national holidays. However, "The Holidays" means the time around the end of the year.
One reason that English speakers call...
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...
In the last article, I presented some phrases that you can use to describe a funny person. Of course, there are a lot of ways that humor can go wrong. Here are some things that you can say about people who try to be funny but fail, or who joke about bad things.
- Corny jokes...