Speaking a foreign language can be really intimidating. You know that you're probably making mistakes. You're worried that you might say something offensive and make people angry. It's stressful!
It's hard to make yourself speak when you don't feel confident, but to get better at speaking...
This is an exclamation point:
When should you use an exclamation point at the end of a sentence? The answer is interesting because the way that it's used has actually changed quite a bit in the last 10 years.
The old rules
Here's how exclamation points have traditionally been...
Relationships can be complicated. Here are some expressions for talking about all the different phases of a relationship with someone:
Not in a relationship
If you're not married or dating anyone, you're "single".
A: Are you seeing anyone?
B: No, I'm single.
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...
Congratulations! You have a Premium membership. Now what?
Here are some Premium features that you should try out:
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...