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.