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Should you focus on your flaws or your strengths when it comes to learning English?

How do you feel about your English-speaking ability? Do you think to yourself:

"Wow, I've come so far! I can speak English a lot better than I used to."

or do you think:

"Man, my English isn't very good. There are so many things that I don't know how to say."

I bring this up because I read...

PhraseMix named one of the Top 25 Language Learning Blogs of 2011

Thanks to your help, PhraseMix has been honored in the Top 100 Language Lovers 2011 competition at

We were chosen as #19 in the Top 25 Language Learning Blogs. And when I say "we", I mean PhraseMix and you! Thanks for your support in the voting.

Please check out some of...

Infographic: How many words do you 'need'?

Word frequency

How many words do you need to learn in order to speak English fluently? Well, it depends on what you mean by "fluent".

We looked at a "word frequency" list of spoken English - a list of which words show up most often - and made some interesting discoveries. 



Teaching the meaning of a word is like...

...trying to describe a dog.

Imagine that I show up on your doorstep one day. You open the door, and I say:

Hi, I'm looking for my dog who's gone missing. She's about a foot tall, with short legs and a long, round torso. Her face is kind of scrunched up and she has big eyes. Her hair is short...

An Interview with Brainscape

Andrew Cohen, CEO of Brainscape, interviewed me about PhraseMix. It's part of his series of interviews with people who are using Technology to improve Education. Check out some of his other interviews here:

I was speaking at a normal, fast pace,...