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Reading helps you improve your English language skills. By reading, you increase your vocabulary and improve your grammar. You can also improve your listening and pronunciation by reading out loud.

Reading To Improve Vocabulary And Grammar.

Reading is one of the best ways to improve your vocabulary. As you read, you look at the context of the new word. Is it describing something, is it a name? It also helps you see how new words are used. Many English words have several meanings, so by reading, we can see how a word we already know can be used in different ways. We also pick up sayings, idioms, phrasal verbs, and even slang terms by reading. The more we read, the more we see the words and remember them.  

Reading improves your grammar as you see how we use words and phrases to form sentences. The grammar tenses you have learned are put into context rather than just random things you have had to memorise.

Can Beginners Read Books?

Yes, if you think back to when you first started to learn your native language, you were encouraged to read books or your parents read to you. To begin with, you had picture books. The pictures told you what was happening, so you began to work out what the words meant. The big bad wolf was large and did nasty things. With picture books, the sentences are short and have key vocabulary, which makes it easier to know what is happening. I always encourage adults who are just beginning to learn English to use picture or kids’ books as well and recommend this free site, storyberries.com

Reading To Learn English Life Skills.

There are many ways that reading helps you to learn English, but reading itself is an important life skill for everyone. In everyday life, we use reading to get information around us. We read signs to tell us where to get a taxi, where to check in for a flight, where the elevators are etc. We also read train timetables and platform information. We need to be able to read the bill at a restaurant, medicine labels, ads, and food labels. When you are new to a country, this is the first kind of reading you need, as you can’t always rely on google translate 🙂

If you can’t understand the meaning of a word, you can look it up in a dictionary but look it up in an English dictionary, and not one in the native language that will translate it for you. Try not to translate. Try to think and use only English when practising English. 

Read Out-loud. 

Reading out loud improves your confidence in speaking in English. When we first start using a new language, saying new words sound strange to our ears, and we become self-conscious, however, the more we speak, the easier it becomes. While we may not always have another person to speak to, we can always talk to ourselves, and we can read to ourselves. Grab a book and read out loud. Have fun with it. Pretend you are the different characters and use different voices for the characters. This helps you to practice your intonations and enunciation as well.

I can hear you say, but what if I don’t know how to pronounce the word? You can use sites like breakingnewsenglish.com, where you can read and listen to the story or article. Online dictionaries allow you to hear the word as well. If you google chrome search bar type the word you are researching and the word meaning. You will see the chrome dictionary which shows you all the meanings of the word plus how to pronounce it. You can record yourself speaking on your mobile, then play it back and compare how you sound to the reader. Don’t try to copy accents. Instead, make sure you are speaking clearly so that you can be understood. 

Try to read in English every day for information and fun. If you have young children, read stories out loud to them, this will improve your reading and will prepare your children to read too. If you have a partner or older kids who can speak English, try to have a set time each week when you only speak in English at home. This will make using English more natural and normal. If you work, read manuals, reports, or other work-related information in English. Ask colleagues to explain words or phrases you don’t understand.

Whatever your reading level, there are stories, books, articles, and more that you can use to practice reading. Make reading a daily habit. Use English in a natural way rather than studying it out of a textbook. Have fun with it.


We Have Lessons That Will Help You With Your Reading.

In our lessons that involve reading, you read out loud. You learn how to effectively use intonation and enunciation and to read smoothly and confidently. This skill can be used when giving speeches and presentations or when speaking with clients and colleagues. You learn to pace your speech and where to emphasize part of a word, phrase, or sentence to convey the meaning you want to get across.

We discuss and practice any new vocabulary, and we discuss the passage or article in depth. This makes sure you understand the article. It gets you thinking in English, and it can lead to quite interesting discussions.

This lesson is great for A2 to C2 levels. All material is matched to your level.

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