Saturday, February 18, 2012

phrase-a-day natural language English lessons helps you learn natural, native-like English, The site has over 1,000 free English lessons, and introduces a new English phrase each day.

Why study phrases? 

    People don't speak a language well just by learning single words and grammar points. Instead, fluent speakers remember longer groups of words that work well together. When you memorize phrases and word combinations, it's easy to know what to say next. 

    PhraseMix teaches NATURAL language

    Most classes and textbooks teach a formal style of English that's used in writing. But it's not as useful for real-world situations. That's one reason that you might have trouble understanding native English speakers, even if you've studied English for a long time in school.

    PhraseMix lessons are organized around different realistic situations that you might find yourself in. The phrases we teach are all natural responses to that situation. So you don't have to worry about learning English that sounds "strange".

    PhraseMix only teaches the most USEFUL phrases

    Lots of websites and books promise to teach you English phrases. But a lot of them focus on phrases that are "interesting" to native English speakers, but not actually be very common. For example, many lists of phrases focus on idioms like these:
    It's raining cats and dogs.
    The early bird gets the worm.
    I have two left feet.
    But PhraseMix also teaches you common word collocations. Collocations are words that often come together. For example, people usually use the words "nice" and "day" together:
    It's such a nice day out.
    People use the word "nice" more often than "fine" or "good", even though they mean almost the same thing. PhraseMix teaches you about these kinds of patterns.

    PhraseMix gives clear explanations if each new word and grammar point. But explanations aren't helpful unless you can remember the phrases. It's easy to remember lessons because:
    • The sentences are short and don't include too many difficult words.
    • Each sentence is tied to a specific and easy-to-imagine situation.
    • There's a fun illustration to help you picture the situation. 
    Once you've memorized the phrase, it should be easy to remember the words and phrases that are part of it.

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