Hello everyone! Do you like reading? If the answer is “no”, then you haven’t find a good book for you yet. Books are like films: it’s impossible not to like them; we just don’t like a genre or a topic. Today I would like to encourage you to start reading books in English, as it is one of the most useful things for improving a foreign language.
Reading, as watching TV shows in English, is a wonderful way of learning vocabulary, grammar and structures without even noticing it, and having fun at the same time! One of the best things about them is that, if you don’t understand a sentence or even a paragraph, you can always stop and try to read it again, or search the words you don’t know on the dictionary. Let’s say that you don’t have the same “pressure” as you can feel when watching a film or a TV show where the characters talk fast or use words you have never heard.
But, be realistic, would you like to stop every three sentences to search a word on the dictionary? No! It is boring, it gets you distracted, and especially you don’t like stopping when you are in the middle of the action of the book, isn’t it? So, what’s my advice? Try to understand the meaning of the sentence as a whole; you don’t need to understand every word for seeing the meaning of it, and, if it is not the case, then you can search for a word or two on the dictionary. Also, don’t be impatient, if you really want to know the meaning of a word, try to get it from the context first. It can be difficult sometimes, but if it’s an important word you will find it other times along the chapter or the book and finally you will see the meaning, I can assure you that!
I will always give the same example: some years ago I started reading “Game of Thrones”. It is a difficult book, in case you wonder; it is written in something like medieval English, with expressions and words that we don’t use nowadays and that I have never read or heard before, as for example: bethroded that would be more or less the equivalent for “fiancé” nowadays. But it also use vocabulary that we don’t usually use: types of swords, mediaval weapons, horses and medieval transports, war words… So at the beginning I felt lost, but I didn’t give up, I continued, trying not to search for everyone on the dictionary, and guess what, now I can read it perfectly! I don’t know when it happened exactly, or how, but the truth is that we don’t have to underestimate our brain or capacities; we just have to be patient and give it a chance.
Of course, I wouldn’t encourage you to read “Game of Thrones” for example if you have not an advanced level. As for everything, there are different levels and it would be a mistake to try something that it is too difficult as it would maybe discourage you. So in the next post I would try to do a selection of some books and classified them by levels, so you can have some suggestions to start reading!
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