How to improve your English reading level when you…

I’m writing this post for those of you who don’t have time to read common books in order to improve your English.

For English learners with no free time who:

  1.  Don’t even dare to start to read a book.
  2.  Try to start reading books but always give up and let them unfinished.

By the way, if you have enough time to read books then I suggest you to check a post about How to really improve your English by choosing the right books to read.
I also recommend you another post that gives you Some tips to don’t give up in the first pages when reading a book.

If you are still here reading my post then you are between the ones that are short on time. Then let’s go to find a solution to improve your English reading level…

 
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Why Is Reading So Important In Order To Improve Your English?

Reading is important because if you want to improve your English you do need a good basis of the English language. You are going to acquire this knowledge mainly by reading and by listening .

When you read you learn:

  • Words (Vocabulary)
  • Sentences (Grammar)
  • Spelling (Orthography)
  • English culture
  • Slang
  • …among many others

As you can see reading is a must and you can’t avoid it if you want to learn English and reach a good level.
Of course you still can learn English only by listening but I think that reading is complementary and a basic pillar in your English learning process.

 

How To Improve Your English Reading Level?

It would be ideal to have enough free time to seat in your comfortable couch to read and enjoy awesome books while at the same time your English level improves even without noticing it.

If it’s not your case I recommend you to forget about common books until in the future you are maybe going to have more free time.

You just have to look for English materials that match your time availability:

  1. If you have a lot of free time then go for common books.
  2. If you have very little available time then go for VERY short materials.

As you can see there are no excuses to don’t read.

What kind of materials do I recommend?

  • Articles
  • Blog posts
  • News
  • Very short stories
  • Magazines
  • Jokes
  • Interviews
  • …among many others…

Keep in mind that the key to improve your English is not “How much do you read?” but “How often do you read?”.
It’s better to read very short pieces of text for 5 minutes every day than reading for 5 hours in a row one day and then no more reading for a whole month.

 

My Personal Experience

In periods of my life when I don’t have very much free time (It’s most of the time) I follow some rules that help me a lot.

  • I only read books and materials that are written in English.
  • I ALWAYS carry with me some English materials to read just in case some unexpected free/wait time appears.
  • I usually use printed materials or just read them on my cell phone.
  • I read them whenever possible…
    • When waiting for the bus
    • When stuck in a traffic jam
    • while shaving
    • while eating
    • While in a waiting room
    • …and so on…

Reading a page long article per day is going to be 365 pages at the end of the year. It’s like reading a 365 pages long book. Not that bad!!!
Think about this: Accomplishing a lot of small tasks mean a lot of work done at the end of the year!

 

And Remember…

How to improve your English reading level when you don’t have time to read_

– How many books do you read per year?
– What do you do if you don’t have time to read common books?
– All your comments are very welcome!!!

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How to improve your English even while doing your…

You… I… We all often complain that we don’t have enough free time to work our English. You maybe even think about giving up learning English because you don’t have enough time to spend on it.

What do you think about working your English while doing your daily tasks?

It’s a fact that if you really want to improve your English, you need to spend some time working on your English.
But next to this work, why not to introduce the English language in your everyday activities?
You are going to work your English even without noticing it and in a very natural way.

 

How To Improve You English Through Your Daily Activities

How to improve your English while doing your daily tasks
It’s very easy to learn English constantly. You just have to introduce the English language in your daily tasks and you don’t need extra free time, or extra work.

Yes…But…How can you do that?

Well….from now on, you just have to do this easy switch in your daily live…

Switch everything you do in your native language to English.

You just have to keep doing what you always do but using the English language instead of your native tongue.
Yes…It’s that easy!!!

 

Examples On How to Introduce English In Your Daily Life

Here are some examples of what you have to do:

  • Change the language of all your devices to English. In your phone, Laptop, Desktop, TV, microwave, tablet, car dashboard, GPS…
  • If you have to check the instructions of a new device you just bought, always choose the English language version.
  • Any new software you have to install, always select the English language version.
  • Change to the English version all the software you are already using.
  • For any new account you have to set up or for your old accounts, switch to the English language version (E-mail accounts, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest…).

To keep it short…Whatever you need to do from now on…Always select the English language version!!!

 

Pros And Cons About This Strategy

Cons:

  • At first it’s going to be a little harder to do a common task.
  • It can take a little more time than usual to accomplish an easy activity.

Pros:

  • You are going to learn and improve your English in a very natural way.
  • You can do it while doing your daily activities.
  • You can do it at home, at work…
  • You don’t need extra free time to do it.

As you can see pros beat cons!!!

As a personal example, during the first days I switched my new phone language version to English I felt a little clumsy at first. I had to cheek on the dictionary maybe two or three words because I wasn’t quite sure about them.
But nowadays it’s as easy for me to use my phone in English as in my native tongue.

 

…And Remember

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-Tell us what are you switching from your native language to English?
-Was it hard for you to get used to work with the English language version?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited.
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Some tips not to give up in the first…

We all need to read a lot to improve our English. By the way it’s also a nice adventure whenever we start reading a new book.

But many times, we gave up reading a book in the first pages even when:

1) We really liked the book,
2) We had enough time to read it
3)The level of the book matched our current reading level.

Then… where is the problem?
Why we often give up reading a book and left it unfinished in a cupboard?

Usually the problem is that when reading a new book, the most difficult part is in the first chapters…

 

Why Do You Give Up Reading A Book In The First Pages?

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It’s very common between English learners to give up reading a book during its first pages because we are introduced to a lot of new information:

  • Many new characters.
  • Every character has his/her own characteristics.
  • There are a lot of relationships between the characters.
  • A plot is just starting to show and we know a very little part of it.
  • Sometimes it’s even our first contact with the writer style.

All these things can make a book seem too difficult for you to read at first glance.
Being patient during the first chapters is going to be the difference between enjoying and finishing the book or giving up and leaving the book unfinished.
Your success or your failure depends on how are you going to deal with the first pages of a new book

 

What Do You Have To Do?

Sometimes when I start reading a new book I usually read the first chapters twice or even a third time. When I feel that “I’m in the book” and I feel comfortable then I can go ahead with a good basis.

Don’t feel stupid at all for reading the first pages or even the first chapters more than once. It’s a wise way to ensure your progress. And you are going to be surprised of a lot of new things that you can catch when you read the same page for a second or a third time.

In books with a lot of characters, before starting the book or after the first chapters, I recommend to check in the Internet for some information:
-The names of the characters.
-Their main characteristics.
-The basic relationships between them.

Write down all this information because it’s going to be like a little summary that is going to help you to digest all the new information. It’s going to help you and you are not going to feel so lost at first.

 

Some Of The Summaries I Wrote When Reading A Book

Example 1:
When reading the book The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson I felt that there was too many characters and they all had names that were unfamiliar to me (in Swedish). Then I decided to check in the Internet for a little summary to help me during the first chapters of the book…

Mikael Blomkvist Journalist, publisher and part-owner of the monthly magazine Millennium
Lisbeth Salander Freelance surveillance agent and researcher, specialising in investigating people on behalf of Milton Security
Henrik Vanger Retired industrialist and former CEO of Vanger Corporation
Harriet Vanger Henrik’s grandniece
Martin Vanger Brother of Harriet and CEO of the Vanger Corporation
Gottfried Vanger Martin and Harriet’s deceased father
Isabella Vanger Gottfried Vanger’s wife and Martin and Harriet’s mother
Cecilia Vanger Daughter of Harald Vanger and one of Henrik’s nieces
Anita Vanger Cecilia’s sister and one of Harriet’s second cousins

…ETC…ETC…

*The source where I found this information when I read the book:

Note:
This simple summary helped me a lot to have a mental image of the characters, some of their basic characteristics and the main relationships between them. This summary was a pillar that supported my reading during the first chapters.
 

Example 2:
Here is another example when I read The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown. It was one of the first “long” books that I read in English…

Bishop Manuel Aringarosa A  fictional Spanish bishop. He’s the worldwide head of Opus Dei and the patron of the albino monk Silas.
Sister Sandrine A nun who lives at Saint Sulpice
Lieutenant Jérôme Collet A  lieutenant in France’s Direction Central Police Judiciaire (DCPJ). He is Captain Bezu Fache’s second-in-command
Bezu Fache A  captain in the Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire (DCPJ), the French national criminal-investigation police bureau.
Professor Robert Langdon A  fictional Harvard University professor of religious iconology and Symbology
Rémy Legaludec The butler of Sir Leigh Teabing and lives in Château Villette
Jacques Saunière Saint-Clair The curator of the Louvre, head of the secret Priory of Sion and grandfather of Sophie Neveu
Sophie Neveu The  granddaughter of Louvre curator Jacques Saunière. She is a French National Police cryptographer, who studied at the Royal Holloway, University of London Information Security Group.
Silas An albino numerary of the Catholic organization Opus Dei, who practices severe corporal mortification
Sir Leigh Teabing A British Royal Historian, a Knight of the Realm, Grail scholar, and friend of Harvard professor Robert Langdon.
André Vernet President of the Paris branch of the Depository Bank of Zurich.

…ETC…ETC…

*The source where I found this information when I read the book: 

Spoilers…Very Important:
Be careful when looking for this kind of information because you can find spoilers.
Some people don’t care to read a book even when some part of the plot is reveled before reading the book. But some other readers are not going to read a book if they know beforehand a part of the plot because of a spoiler.

 

…And Remember

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-Have you ever give up when starting to read a book?
-What do you think about these tips?
-Are you going to use this strategy?
-Share your own experiences with us?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited.
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