The way of doubling the English language skills with reading books

G’day, how are you going mate? Today, I am going to talk about the way of doubling the English language skills with reading books. I know there are heaps of ways to improve your English skills not just reading but many others out there. But, I’d like to underscore the importance of reading paper-based books, not always scrolling English sentences online. Why? Because you can scribble anything, which makes the book more memorable than just reading it. Let’s get into it.

Jot down any keyword that you might think they are important to get a big picture of the story you’re perusing right now, and learn more than you might expect

Just reading without scribbling and writing down something is not really effective when it comes to learning the English language itself. Despite having to spend more time to read from cover to cover, I highly recommend scribbling and taking some memos, “keywords” on your notebook. The main purpose of reading books differs from what ordinary readers are just enjoying reading. Yes, so it’s normal taking more time than they do. If you improve or boost your overall English skills, then the best way is to read and think which words are going to be the key to understanding what the book is about. Ok, how do I do? Normally, when you are reading English sentences, what you should focus on is to pick up key nouns that control the main point of what the book is about. Or, if you really want to focus on building up your vocabulary, then any word you don’t know or have never seen before should be noted down for your learning.

Write a piece of English sentences using the keywords you’ve jotted down a day

At first, you try to write a piece of English sentences using the keywords you’ve noted down even if you’re not quite sure how they are going to be connected with one another. Nor do you know their meanings, which is fine at this stage. Ideally, you don’t use any dictionary, instead you scratch your head, which is a very important learning process. Of course, grammatically correct sentences are better, but the more you try, the better reading and writing skills are going to be. So, please keep trying! How do I do? It’s really simple. You just write a S(ubject) and V(erb) with a few objects or phrases as additional information in order to substantiate things as to ‘who did what’. For instance, if the keyword is like deadline, then you could write like “The deadline for any essay will be tomorrow at the latest.” Something like that. In doing so, you can progressively get used to the word.

Read aloud the sentences you’ve written as a means of not just developing your overall English skills, but also boosting your confidence level of speaking in public

I’ve always been into reading aloud English sentences, which is a critical point whether you could improve English skills or not. Just studying a text doesn’t really help. Read aloud leads you to step up onto the next level of the English language, which means that the precision of your pronunciation will be better, the volume of your vocabulary will be bigger, and definitely the accuracy of your English grammar will be better as well. There are heaps of benefits if you not just read books silently but also vocalise the English sentences that you’ve written. Learning languages from phonetics could be faster and easier than studying by a tedious textbook. However, of course, there are some benefits if you keep studying by a text as well. So, please stick to both methods simultaneously.

Use the keywords for real conversations with someone who is a native speaker or anyone who is good at English

To remember and get used to the words you’ve never used before, you try to use them in a real conversation such as online lessons, with friends, or with someone who is adept at English around you. Ultimately, you want to use and test them whether or not your usage is appropriate. If not right, someone may correct you, but it depends upon a person, so you’ve got to be careful when it comes to choosing a conversation partner. She or he doesn’t have to be an English teacher or tutor, but ideally someone who is proficient in English itself. “Native speakers” are not always a good choice for you if you seriously want to improve English skills, especially writing and speaking. Sometimes, non-native speakers are better in terms of accuracy of grammar, particularly written English. For me, it’s fairly easy to ascertain whether she or he is well versed in correct English language by having a closer look at her or his way of putting punctuations. That’s just my way. There are lots of others. Anyway, you select the best conversation partner, and then try to use all new words you want to register them as your active words.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

Have a good Friday!

Published by Masato Kawaguchi

I am an English entrepreneur here in Australia. I've been teaching the PTE exam for the last 2 years or so, now mainly general English online.

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