How to improve your English by reading

How to improve your English by reading


Hey, everyone. I’m Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson
on “How to Improve Your English By Reading”. So, it might be very obvious how reading can
help you improve, you know, your speaking in English, particularly your vocabulary, but
there are a number of reasons and a number of things that reading regularly and reading
in specific ways can actually help you to improve your English, and also not only like
your reading English, but your ability to speak properly or to
speak confidently. And again, this applies not only to English
as a second language learners, but also to English speakers, period. So pick up a book, and here’s how picking up
a book can help you to improve your English. So, number one: You can improve your English
by picking up any book, reading out loud, and exaggerating
what you’re reading. You might think: “This sounds ridiculous”,
but if you are a second language learner, this is a fantastic way to improve your enunciation,
your pronunciation, and presentation skills. Even if you’re not a
second language learner… English as a second
language learner. So, for example, it doesn’t matter what type of
genre you like, what type of books you like. Me, personally, I love
science-fiction, I love fantasy. And I can turn to, you know, pages in any of
these books and read out loud, exaggerate what I’m saying, and just the act of doing
this, of speaking out loud what I’m reading makes me feel, again, more confident speaking
in front of an audience, for example. So I’ll just open to a
random page here and… Okay, so in this book, just so you know,
there’s a horse, his name is Artaq. And it says: “Artaq
did not hesitate. He veered toward
the Silver River. The wolves came after,
soundless, fluid, black terror. Will was sure that this
time they would not escape. Allanon was no longer
there to help them. They were all alone.” Now, what you notice is I’m… I’m trying to exaggerate:
“They were all alone.” Even like my l’s. And focus on every letter when you’re reading,
because this type of reading, reading out loud, exaggerating, if you are a professional,
this is a great way to build that clarity in your speech when you’re speaking in front
of people, and pacing yourself, how fast you speak as well is important, obviously,
when you’re giving a presentation. This second part… Again, this one can apply to both native speakers
of English, but it’s more specifically geared towards English as a second language speakers,
and that is: Paying attention to word endings. And especially “ed”
and “s” endings. So, specifically past tense
words, like “wanted”, okay? Or plural words, like “hawks” instead of one
hawk, because a lot of, again, English as a second language learners sometimes forget
the “ed” ending when they’re reading. I’ve taught classes where, you know, students
have to read out loud, and they’re so focused on reading and getting the words correct,
but the pronunciation, they just drop the ends of words sometimes,
especially “ed”, especially “s”. So let me see if I can
quickly find an example. Okay, here’s one: “When
he stayed on his feet…” When he… Oh, why am I pointing? You can’t see that. You can’t see that. So: “When he stayed on his feet”
this is one part of the sentence. Again, you have the verb “stayed”, so some
new learners of English will sometimes read that as: “When he stay”, “When he
stay”, and they just drop the end. So please, please, please focus on those “ed”
and “s” endings, and this will really help your fluency, the ability of others to
understand you, as well as your enunciation. “Stayed”, okay? Number three: Pay
attention to punctuation. Now, punctuation refers to the use of commas,
periods, question marks, exclamation marks when you’re reading. By paying attention to these things, you can
actually focus on improving your intonation and your fluency; two
specific things. So, the intonation refers to the up and down
movement of your voice when you are saying something or reading something. So, for example,
you know, raise… In the second part I said: “Raise
intonation for yes or no questions.” So if you notice when you’re reading that,
you know, this person is asking a yes or no question, then your voice
should be moving up at the end. And, you know in speaking,
this also improves that. So, for example, in
this book there is… Okay, here’s a yes or no question,
the question is: “Did you find her?” So, I see a question mark, I see a yes or
no question, and let’s say I want to read this out loud and exaggerate. I can also say:
“Did you find her? Did you find her? Did you find her?” And it sounds ridiculous, I understand, when
you’re reading out loud, exaggerating, but after some time, you know, that exaggeration,
that focusing on your enunciation, which is kind of like making your sounds as clear and
distinct as possible, focusing on every “l”, every “e”, every “s” in a word, that will
actually improve your pronunciation and the ability of other people to
understand you long term. Another thing punctuation does: Pause briefly
after periods, and pause after commas. So, again, if you’re giving a list of things,
if you’re reading and it says: “They went… He went to the store and he bought apples,
pears, and oranges”, you could say: “He went to the store and he bought
apples, pears, and oranges”, or: “He went to the store and he bought
apples, pears, and oranges.” It might not sound like there was a pause,
but I did pause very briefly between each word in that list. So, paying attention to those things also
teaches you, again, how to clearly enunciate and also your fluency. Now, again, your fluency is how smooth
your language sounds when you’re speaking. So if you’re just saying: “Dah, dah, dah,
dah, dah, dah”, it’s fast and you think: “I can speak quickly
in English.” But it doesn’t sound natural. Nobody speaks like… I mean, people do speak like that, it’s more
difficult to understand them, but it’s better, obviously, if you pay
attention to short pause. Hmm, comma. Okay? And finally: Highlight
words you don’t know. So when you’re reading, obviously, this is one
of the major benefits of reading, is vocabulary, vocabulary. It’s so important,
I put it twice. That’s what happened here, okay? So, maybe I will open this
book and I’m going to read… Hmm. Hmm. Okay, there’s a person saying
something here, and he says: “There are books, ancient books
of healing from the old world.” And maybe I’m a new English
speaker, and I say: “Healing, healing. I’ve never
heard the word ‘healing’ before. H-e-a-l-i-n-g.” Maybe I want to stop, highlight that, go back,
check it out on the dictionary or something, online, on my phone, somewhere,
and you just learned a new word. Okay? So obviously, if you’re reading a book and
you’re stopping 20 times in one page, your book is probably too
difficult for you. But if you’re stopping four, five, maybe six
times a page because of new vocabulary, as a new English learner,
that’s not bad. Okay? All right, so like I mentioned, reading, reading,
reading can really help you improve your English in a number of ways. It can improve definitely your presentation
skills by reading out loud and exaggerating, your enunciation which is your ability to
pronounce each sound correctly and distinctly in a word, your pronunciation which is, you
know, you’re saying “book” instead of “booque”. Okay? By paying attention to word endings, specifically
“ed” and “s” will improve others’ ability to understand you, especially if you are
an English as a second language learner. Punctuation will also improve your fluency,
your intonation if you’re paying attention to question marks or anything else;
periods, commas, exclamations. And highlighting words you don’t know, all
of these books, these books specifically, other books, too, that you enjoy, will
help you to improve your vocabulary. So, unlike other lessons, there
is no quiz for this one. All I want you guys to do is pick up a book,
pick up something you’re interested in, try out these methods, and let me know if it
works for you because it’s been working for me, so let me know if it
also works for you. Also, don’t forget to subscribe
to my YouTube channel, and I’ll see you
guys another time. Bye.

100 thoughts on “How to improve your English by reading”

  1. Do you make video on written English? Help me with written English with clear emphasize on sentence structures , punctuations and styles. I shall be greatly thankful as I am now.

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  3. Hi Alex i am really liked your videos and this is the on of the highlighted and well explained lesson Awsome lesson and great teacher..

  4. Thanks so much Teacher Alex, your classes are the best for me, I willsee all your videos that learn a lot GOd Bless you.

  5. I once tried to read 'One hundred years of solitude' though a translation in English, I honesty fucked up. Could not read one sentence without pause…

  6. how can i read out loud when i reach to the unknown word that i can't pronounce? Some teachers told me not to use dictionary while reading and recommend to guess that word – so in that case, what should i do?

  7. "Did you find her???? " goes up at the end when there is no introduction to the question
    (indirect/reported speech never goes up because IT IS NO LONGER A QUESTION
    five minutes 16 seconds into talk

  8. Thanx alot sir for making this video ur English is clearly understandable I enjoyed listening to u….Can u plz make a video about how can we emprove our writing skills and how to organise our ideas and use tenses when writing!? Bcz I'm always facing the same problem when it comes to writing an essay or a paragraph..I don't know I always feel like my mind is blocked and empty😣😣
    Ps:can u plz tell me if there are errors in my comment!

  9. Rafael Côrtes Moura

    Thank you Alex for these tips. I'm thinking right now that I must exactly practice the step number one, which is: reading out loud. I'm having classes weekly and I can understand with no major problems everything the teacher says (though he's a brazilian who's speaking English, so it gets a little bit easier). But when it's my turn to speak something in class I stay a bit nervous and my voice trembles.

  10. really wish there's were more teachers like you around here in Vietnam especially in Hai Phong cause I'm having quite the difficult time pronouncing the words i read and it's quite a bothersome whenever my tongue twisted and I couldn't really find a way to practice since I don't really have a partner and also because I'm quite an anxious and extrovert kind of person..
    anyways..thank you for showing me ways of how to improve my skill in pronouncing and I'm hoping to learn more about it in the near future
    P.S
    If you're reading this I'm extremly gratful that you did

  11. poliglota até os 25

    I wish every native could speak so clear and easyly as you!!! Gratings, professor 🇧🇷🇧🇷❤❤❤

  12. I have a big problem, yesterday I was reading but with a certain intonation and maybe sound like I was singing, I felt bad because of that. As you mentioned, exagerate! I was very happy when I was reading, but the teacher said that sounds ridiculous. I don't know what to do, she said that I have to change intonation and the way of reading.
    What I should do then?
    I'm not a native English speaker

  13. I am in 9th standard please say nme how to read English ,,🤔and I don't know English reading so what can I do 😭😢🧐☹️ please???????¿????

  14. Hello sir .I'm from India(Tamil Nadu) thank you so much sir. really I could understand .will you teach me the 'tense ' topic,sir? I could not understand where we should use it while we speaking .

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  17. When I read the book such as ' boys in the boat' I always stop to open a dictionary cause
    It has too many vocabularies I have not known
    Do you have any suggestions to approve my reading skill

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  19. I love reading English Novels but most of the time I get stuck with vocabularies that I don't know and I look up for them in the dictionary but after that I forget them and forget the whole story as well this has been my biggest problem for years nd I don't know how to get rid of it especially I'm a student of literature and civilisation
    I really really hate it when I don't understand what I read I feel like I'm stupid 😔😔😔😔 hope u see my comment nd help with a way to understand more English Novels

  20. I don't really understand why some people will dislike such a video even after I have lived in this world for more than 40 years.

  21. sir good morning i came from philippines iwant to learn step by step english but idont know how to start i understand a little but how to constract every sentence didn't complete.. just tell me what the first step

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