PhraseCat makes you think. In English.

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Improve these important skills:
  • Solidify the correct word order
  • Train the use of prepositions and articles
  • Work out sentence patterns
  • Pick up new words and expressions

This is how PhraseCat works

PhraseCat interface screenshot
You learn by studying simple rules of English and solidifying them through interactive exercise
  • Join a team
  • Study the rule and complete the phrase
  • Correct errors made by your teammates
  • Motivate your teammates
  • Give and receive upvotes
  • Repeat!

And this is what PhraseCat offers

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A phrase that represents a grammar rule or pattern and has a part that you need to complete We include only carefully selected phrases that people actually use
Each phrase represents a single grammar rule
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A commentary explaining the grammar behind the language structure that you are learning You get concise and specific information about the particular grammar aspect, including translation into your language (for now, into Portuguese or Russian)
Grammar rule to each phrase
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Seeing, upvoting and correcting phrases submitted by your teammates This is where the fun and real interaction begin. Share your knowledge and get help and inspiration from others
See, upvote and correct others’ phrases
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A dictionary for you to quickly look up a word that you need Looking up words that you actually need to use is one of the best ways to extend your vocabulary
Use our dictionary to look up words that you need
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The results of your study for the past week showing the number of phrases that you studied and upvotes that you gained If statistics motivates you, use it to boost your productivity and efficiency
View your weekly statistics

No topics? No lessons? How is that possible?

PhraseCat = Phrase Catalogue

Learning interactively using simple rules

PhraseCat can be used for self-study or as a complement to your study in class or at language courses. We want you to quickly become secure in your language competence and always know what to say in a practical situation. Our goal is to prove that English learning can be both simple and efficient!

Our rules are formulated using as little terminology as possible. The idea is to give you an opportunity to acquire the language in a more natural and intuitive manner. You will learn to use the right word order, sentence structure and correct prepositions and articles. You can find an overview of grammar covered by each level below.

Two practice modes

Two practice modes

With PhraseCat you can practise English grammar rules either in a group or on your own. You can easily switch between the two modes in the control panel.

In the group mode you are put in a randomly created team with other learners. Thus you take advantage of the social surrounding that motivates you and keeps your mind alert.

In the robots mode you practise with our virtual English experts Gram and Mar, who form a team with you. In this case your teammates submit only perfectly correct answers and you can learn from them by either plainly repeating their submissions or getting inspired by their ideas.

Try our intuitive English learning method for free

PhraseCat is just starting out. That is why the monthly subscription fee is currently rather symbolic and equals EUR 1.20 (and is even lower if prepaid for 6 months). But of course you can try it first. You have 15 free phrases to form your opinion.

If you do not feel like paying, you can find many of our rules on our Facebook and Instagram channels: English with PhraseCat and @phrasecat_teaches. New rules with examples are published regularly. Follow us there, discover more concise simple rules and improve your English for free.

Choose the level that matches your skills

PhraseCat offers 4 levels that differ by complexity. Currently each level has 100 phrases and covers the grammar as outlined below.

Beginner

Phrase example: I practice English every day.
The Beginner level is intended for those taking their first steps in English. It only contains short phrases and the part to be replaced is very simple and includes no articles or prepositions. Any verbs that you will need to substitute are used only in their basic form (the infinitive).
To practise at this level we recommend that you review such basic grammar rules as: what is an infinitive; putting verbs in the -ing form; creating the plural form of nouns; the difference between countable and uncountable nouns and the difference between vowels and consonants.

Elementary

Phrase example: How much time is left?
The Elementary level contains simple sentences and structures helping you to solidify your basic knowledge of English.
Grammar covered:
  • Present and future tenses
  • Simple modal verbs
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Reflexive pronouns
  • Simple question words
  • Subject questions
  • Simple conjunctions
  • Basic use of definite and indefinite articles

Intermediate

Phrase example: The day turned out to be long.
The Intermediate level allows you to extend your knowledge by offering more complex English patterns. This level includes sentences in the past tense and basic use of conditionals (if-clauses).
Grammar covered:
  • Simple past and present perfect
  • Complex modal verbs
  • The first conditional
  • Complex question words
  • Complex conjunctions
  • Phrasal and prepositional verbs

Advanced

Phrase example: I saw him climb the tree.
The Advanced level is aimed at advanced learners who already have good command of English but wish to take their competence a step further or to clarify for themselves practical application of advanced grammar rules.
Grammar covered:
  • Past perfect
  • The second and third conditionals
  • Subjunctive mood
  • Advanced use of prepositions
  • Advanced use of definite and indefinite articles

Each level uses vocabulary that matches its complexity: really simple at the Beginner level, it gets more complicated at each higher level.

Advantages of learning speech patterns using simple rules

Each simple rule draws your attention to only one grammar aspect

You learn English in small easy steps, just one grammar bit at a time. Due to this you are not overwhelmed by grammar rules, but acquire them naturally, one by one.

No gap between theory and practice

You see the particular phrase and the respective grammar rule at the same time. So you learn the grammar and you can immediately use it in practice. If you do not like theory, you can ignore any grammar explanations and just adhere to the pattern.

Learning is more efficient because it engages your creativity

You are not told what to say. You are only told how to say it. You may build your phrases upon real situations of your own life, and this makes memorisation a lot more efficient. It might look like more work and effort, but after all you get to your goal of fluency in English a lot faster.

There is no study plan and no topics

Each time you get a randomly selected phrase. This lifts the burden of you being obsessed with the whole study process and how much is still left to learn. And no topics means no boring repetition of that standard stuff that you rarely use thereafter.

You speak about things that are interesting to you

Since you complete each phrase in your own way, it is you who decides what to say. You can use any vocabulary and expressions that you already know and you speak about your own situation and attitude, about what relates to your own life. As a result, you solidify your knowledge of the sentence structure and learn new words and expressions submitted by your teammates.

Some tips for learning English with PhraseCat

Concentrate on your own learning

Our major tip is that you do not have to pay much attention to others (just like in a real class). Concentrate on what you have to say and use any submissions by your teammates as inspiration.

Be creative, but do not overdo it

If your knowledge of English is not very advanced yet, do not try to invent new complicated phrases, but just follow the pattern. Use any words that you already know, because the main goal of learning with PhraseCat is to memorise language structures through repetition.

On the other hand, if you are already proficient in English, you can construct complex phrases, including using subordinate clauses, provided that they fit the given structure.

Pay attention to completing the phrase correctly

Make sure that the fragment that you enter properly matches the gap in the phrase. Sometimes there is a preposition, article or the infinitive marker ‘to’ that you need to repeat in each submission in order for the phrase to be correct. This is done in order for you to memorise these grammatical details through repetition.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a certain knowledge of English to take advantage of PhraseCat?

To practise at the Elementary level you only need some basic command of English. You need to know simple terminology (such as the terms ‘infinitive’, ‘subject’ or ‘object’) and some basic grammar rules.

Does PhraseCat offer a complete course of English?

No, PhraseCat is designed to help you improve certain language abilities and not as a full course of the English language. Our phrases cover a large variety of grammar topics at various levels, but PhraseCat is more of a practice book than a grammar reference.

Is there a PhraseCat app?

Now PhraseCat can be accessed on desktop computers and mobile phones or tablets via a web browser. We might develop an app in the future.

What languages are supported?

PhraseCat has been fully adapted for speakers of Brazilian Portuguese and Russian. All phrases feature grammar rules in and translations into these languages.

Speakers of other languages are welcome to use the English version (which may be hard for beginners, but absolutely okay for advanced learners). If you like PhraseCat and wish that we adapt it for your language, please let us know through the feedback form.

How do I practise in the robots mode?

The robots mode is one of the two practice modes offered by PhraseCat. You can choose it if you prefer to study on your own or when there are few people online and your chances to find a team are limited. In the robots mode, instead of real people you practise with our robots Gram and Mar.

You submit your phrases just the same. The only difference is that you cannot correct the robots and do not get upvotes for your submissions, since robots have no emotions and therefore cannot like or dislike your phrases. But they will thank you if you like theirs!

Can I combine my practice at PhraseCat with my other study of English?

You can do this easily. You can use our English learning website to prepare for IELTS, TOEFL and other tests of English as a foreign language. For example, if you find repeating any vocabulary for your next class boring, you can join a PhraseCat team to create some phrases using such vocabulary in a company of other students.

I am not really a creative person. Can I learn without making up anything new?

Yes, you can. Turn on the robots mode and just retype the submissions made by our robots. The resulting phrases are 100% correct and to the point and learning them through repetition will greatly improve your English skills. Our robots Gram and Mar do not mind if you just copy them, they are here to help you.

I am a native speaker of English. Is there any way that I can help?

Of course. Sign up and make a good company for those learning English. Your correct answers will be a good example and motivation for them. If you are a writer, you might even use PhraseCat to expand your vocabulary.

You might also want to check out phrases presented at the Advanced level. We believe the Advanced level contains some grammar that is not commonly known even to native speakers.

Now that you know everything about PhraseCat, it’s time to practise!

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