Did you know that reading is one of the best ways to learn new words? Reading grows your vocabulary one word at a time. A vocabulary is your mind’s storage space for all of the words you remember and use when speaking or writing. Just like Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.” At the library, we believe that the more you read, the more new words you will learn and remember. Reading benefits are not limited to learning new words. In addition to growing your vocabulary, reading can also:
- Improve your grammar and punctuation
- Improve your pronunciation
- Make you smarter
- Improve your writing skills
- Improve your memory
Ready to get started? Here are some tips to consider when you read to learn English:
- Reading is supposed to be fun, so pick books that you like. It’s not supposed to feel like studying, we have school for that!
- Always make time to read, even if it’s only 20-30 minutes a day. Don't have time to sit down with a book? We get it! Lives can get busy, so audiobooks are here to help!
- Start with easier books that you can understand. There is nothing wrong with reading children’s books or teen novels, as long as you enjoy them.
- Ask yourself questions while you are reading to make sure you understand what the book is about.
- Keep a notebook to write down any words or phrases that you do not understand. Remember to check their meaning in the dictionary later.
- Try your best to remember the new words and phrases you learn and use them in conversations with family and friends.
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