October 18, 2007

Learning English by reading

    As a learner of English, I have some ways to improve my new language, such as writing, reading, listening and speaking. But the most effective method to me in my mind is reading. My English learning style is reading the English materials, because it can help me get a kind of sense of English. Whatever learning vocabulary or getting the British way of thinking, I always prefer to use reading to help me.

    Learning vocabulary is not easy. For most learners who are studying English, learning vocabulary is so necessary but also so bored. For me, whose favourite learning style is reading, learning vocabulary is not so difficult because I can review some new words a lot after I read a lot. This way is very helpful to get the impression of the new words, but notice that this effective work needs lots of time to read. If I read more, I can get more chance to meet a new word. That doesn¡¯t bother me to recite the words, so I like to learning vocabulary by this way.

    As my leaning style, reading helps me get my best English skill¡ªreading and comprehension. I learn vocabulary and acquire the knowledge by reading, so I read lots of materials written in English and practiced a lot in reading and comprehension. However, reading also brings me my worst skill¡ªspeaking at the same time. The reason is that I always read the materials but don¡¯t speak out. So I will improve my learning style by mixing the different ways of studying.

    Although reading can not help me to improve all the skills of English, it helps me to learn best by my experience. I read text books, and then I can understand the British way of thinking and know more about academic writing. I read newspaper, and then I can get more useful phrase and larger vocabulary. So reading is so helpful to me. As a learner of English, this is the best way to improve my English now.


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  1. Tilly Harrison

    I’m glad to hear that you are using reading widely as your learning strategy – I agree that this is the best and most painless method to increase vocabulary and get a ‘feel’ for the culture, both in general and in academic fields. Perhaps you are at the stage where you can add some speaking practice to the reading so that your pronunciation and fluency also develop. Try reading aloud sometimes (just privately) and compare your version to a native speaker.

    12 Nov 2007, 01:36


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