Rule 1: Learn English Phrases

This is the first fule of Effortless English and you are going to learn a great tip for learning English. So What is the best way to learn English vocabulary fast and remember them longer? As you know, learning vocabulary is very important for reading, listening and of course speaking. Now watch the below video and find out how to improve it.

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Hi, I am A.J.Hoge, The director of Effortless English. And welcome to the free seven rules e-mail course. Today is rule 1. Now, rule 1 is to Learn English Phrases, Not Individual Words. This one is just like the other rules, very simple, very easy. And like the other rules, this one is very very powerful. It’s so simple, so powerful.

What is the rule? The rule is always to learn phrases, not individual words. So simple. A phrase is a group of words. But it’s just an even a part of the sentence. So, for example, let’s say you have the word “hate” and you want to learn this word. You can write down the word hate and you find it from the dictionary meaning and you memorize it “hate”.  That’s the old way, that’s the kind of textbook way, the school way, right?

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In school, you probably remember a lot of individual words. You have big vocabulary lists. You try to memorize all of them, you try to memorize all of the individual, single words. It’s not a good way to learn. Much better if you learn the phrase, a group of words. And where do you find these phrases?  You find these phrases in the real English podcasts that you listening to, in the real English story books that you are reading. And don’t memorize the lists in a book. No, no, no.

You listen to real English and when you hear a new word, you write it down. Or when you reading a story book, when you see a new word, you write it down. But you do not write down just that word. You are going to write down the whole phrase or part of the sentence that is ending, all of it. So instead of the “hate”, you write it down the “hate”, you would say, you write down “john hate ice cream” and you write down the whole phrase.

Why do we do this? What is the power of the phrases? Well, phrases give you a lot of information, much more information. Number one, phrases are easy to remember. Because they have meaning. They have kind of a Picture of a story. Especially when you get them from something that you are reading or listening to. You remember it. “John hates ice cream”. You remember the whole story, you remember who John is, you remember he has ice cream and he hates ice cream, he didn’t like it. Writing all of the extra information helps you remember the meaning of the phrase and the meaning of the word. So it helps your memory, much easier to memory.

Number two, there is a bonus. When you learn phrases, you are learning grammar also. You are not only learning the individual words, you are learning grammar. You are learning how to use that word correctly. You don’t need to think about grammar. You don’t need to know the rules, it’s automatic. This is another way that native speakers learn English grammar. Because we were children we learn with phrases. We learn groups of words,  not just one word by one word, by one word.

Word by word is slow and it doesn’t help. And you don’t learn any grammar. When you learn the whole phrase, you write don’t phrase, you are getting extra information. Maybe you don’t know it but you are. For example, “Jonh hates ice cream”. Just that word, just Jonh hates. You know grammar study getting the subject in the word the agree. you don’t need to think about that. Just write down the phrase “Jonh hates ice cream” and study it, and review it. Always learn the phrase, not just that word.

And so in the future whenever you say, he hates ice cream, she hates ice cream. You will add that “s” right. Because of how you learned it. You learned it correctly. You learned it from a phrase. On the other hand, if you learn it from a textbook you just learn the word “hate” which means does not like, you learn that form hate, hate, hate… and you study, study, study you memorize it that make you make some mistakes. Because you learned it from only this one way. You didn’t learn the other words. So, sometimes you will say “he hate ice cream”. You will forget the “s”. Because you never learn it correctly in a sentence, in a phrase.


So it is a very simple rule and each rule in the course very very important. Every time you will find a new word, always write the phrase or the sentence. When you review that word again when you study it again always, always… study the entire phrase or sentence. Never study just the word, always the phrase. Do this every time, your grammar will begin to improve much faster. And you will remember the vocabulary faster and more easily and you will use that vocabulary more quickly. So you get a lot of great benefits, a lot of great stuff happens when you learn phrases instead of words. So, phrases, phrases, phrases… learn them.

I hope you enjoy rule number one. Use this rule. And your homework is to get a little phrase notebook. So when you find a new English vocabulary in a lesson, in something that you listening to, in a book, or in an article; write down the phrase, not just one word, write down the entire, whole phrase that you find. And then review that phrase, again and again, each day. You will create a notebook full of phrases, full of sentences not individual words, never individual words.

Learn English Phrases. Ok, so that’s rule one. Tomorrow, you will get a new e-mail with rule number two. So see you tomorrow. Bye bye.

P.S. Effortless English lessons are great for learning English vocabulary and phrases. There are mini story lessons of Effortless English and AJ Hoge is asking you lots of easy questions. You need to answer these questions out loud and after a few days, you learn great vocabulary and phrases that way. I really recommend this course for intermediate and advanced learners.

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