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Beginners Improve English Proficiency in 3 Months with Voxy

You might be wondering: How long does it take to improve my proficiency level with Voxy?

Based on our current research findings, 79% of 0-Beginners—or learners who have little or no prior experience learning English—are able to improve their proficiency level after just three months of using Voxy.

Depending on your current level, we recommend studying between two and five hours per week. For beginners, do your best to fit in about two hours. For intermediate to advanced learners, we suggest spending at least four hours on the Voxy platform every week.

Need some advice on how to fit practicing into your busy schedule? Visit the Learner Support Center and check out this special video for tips from Voxy experts!

Idioms of the World

Idioms of the World

The following guest post originally appeared on HotelClub.com.

We use idioms to pepper our speech and writing, often without even realizing we’re doing it. These odd little phrases are used to express a sentiment other than their literal meaning. It doesn’t really rain cats and dogs, as the world and his wife knows.

I’ve always been fascinated by foreign idioms; they give us a unique insight into the culture that uses them. Did you know that in German you can say “to live like a maggot in bacon” instead of “to live the life of luxury”? Idioms can tell us a lot about what matters to a nation. They’re a window to the soul.

We wanted to explore the world in all its linguistic glory, so we asked artist and illustrator Marcus Oakley to draw some of his favorite idioms from across the globe. We hope they inspire you to learn the local idioms next time you travel.

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#FF: Voxy’s Top 5 Twitter Feeds

Voxy is headquartered in New York City, but millions of learners have used Voxy all around the world. So how do we stay connected with all of them? Social media allows Voxy to talk to learners and industry followers anytime, from anywhere—just like our web and mobile platform allows you to learn English whenever and wherever you want!

Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite Twitter feeds focused on language learning and edtech to help you keep up with the latest industry news:

  1. The Guardian’s Case for Language Learning
  2. KQED | Mind/Shift
  3. add.a.lingua
  4. EdSurge
  5. TED Ed

Do you have a favorite Twitter account you think we should follow? Share it in the comments section below!


 

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6 Ways to Start the Conversation

One of the most exciting things about learning English is the opportunity it creates to meet and form relationships with so many new people.

Whether you’re being introduced to someone for the first time or catching up with an old friend, there are many ways to greet someone. Since a greeting sets the tone for the conversation that follows, it’s nice to have some variety in your personal “word bank”.

These 6 phrases each mean something slightly different – so make sure you read the explanations! – but are all great ways to greet someone.

  • How’s it going?
    • This is an informal way to say, “How are you?”
  • Long time no see!
    • This may look strange as a written sentence, but it’s a common thing people say when they haven’t seen each other in a long time.
  • Pleased to meet you
    • This is another way to say “Nice to meet you.” It generally has a more formal connotation and can be used when you’re meeting a new person, like a new co-worker, for the first time.
  • Look who it is!
    • In informal settings, this is a way to express excitement about seeing a friend.
  • Good to see you
    • Just like it sounds, this phrase is used to say you’re happy to see someone again.
  • Glad to put a name to a face
    • Many times, we’ll talk to someone via email or over the phone before actually meeting them in person. This is what you can say when you’re finally meeting someone face-to-face after communicating with them in other ways for a while.

Now that you know how to use these different greetings in different scenarios, try one out! Whether it’s someone new that you’re meeting for the first time, or an old friend that you haven’t seen in ages*, you’ll be able to start the conversation on a much more personal note with these phrases.

*BONUS: “I haven’t seen you in ages” is similar to “Long time no see!” and is another way to greet someone you’ve missed for a long time.