Did you know that reading is one of the most effective ways to improve both written and spoken English?
Studies also show that individuals who read fiction or non-fiction books on a regular basis don’t only enjoy an increased spectrum of general knowledge, but they also have minds with better health and potency (theatlantic.com).
The many who might say, “Why read a book, when you can watch the movie?” would soon discover just how much of a costly statement this is. People with little to no reading behavioural patterns miss out on the many perks that are available to those who read regularly.
A good command of the English language is indispensable in almost every part of the world. Englishlive.com stated that there is approximately 350 million people around the world who speak English as a first language, and more than 430 million who speak it as a second language.
If you are, for instance, looking to engage in a business that is centred on international trade, you would want your English to be fluent. Bad English grammar can cause unwanted skepticism and doubts against you. If you are not a business person, you would still need to possess good English skills, because you would want to be able to express yourself better, and to be well-spoken.
A “lack of adequate time” is probably the single most common excuse people make for not reading as often as they need to. This may be true because, on average, it could take about 2 to 3 weeks to read a normal-sized novel. While this may be the case, it is important to remember, however, that in order to attain success in any setting, parting with some of your most rare resources will be required.
If you are set on improving your English (for the sake of your business, studies etc.), you would have to spend cuts of your time doing all things necessary in your pursuit for eloquence.
With that said, let us take a glance at some of the positive changes you could expect to see if you start reading (frequently).
1. Expansion in Vocabulary
When you start reading books recurrently, the first thing you would notice is that your vocabulary would begin to expand. If you used to (essentially) fumble for words when trying to put a point across, you would notice that choosing the right words when speaking or writing, would become a seamless activity. When you get into the habit of reading a lot, your mind becomes familiar with correct language patterns.
2. Improved Communication Skills
By reason of the explanation above, you would also find that forming succinct sentences when narrating an event or story would come easy. You would also notice that the canvas of your imagination would be affected (positively, of course) and this would allow you to get your audience’s attention whenever you speak or write.
3. Better English Grammar
When you become a habitual reader, you will notice that English grammar factors such as the correct use of commas and periods, spelling words correctly and dividing words into syllables the right way would be a familiar thing to you.
Remember, the above will not transpire overnight. It may take up to a month (or longer) before you start seeing these results. This is why you need to be consistent and committed in order to make this happen. Many people fail because they give up too soon. They often demand for the results almost immediately, even while they are only on their second book.
How to Start
At first, the site of a book with at least 200 pages can seem intimidating. You might want to start off with shorter reads, like blogs or other types of articles with content that interests you.
It is very important that you avoid books with inappropriate content. It is possible to come across blatantly offensive reads. If you make it a habit to explore these types of content, your subconscious mind could incorporate this into your English “database”.
Once you have gotten a hold of reading shorter material, you can now move on to a normal-sized book.
When you are a beginner, you will find that there will be instances when you get to a plot in the book where all the action would have seemed to fade, and the story would have suddenly become uninteresting. When this happens, keep reading.
These seemingly boring parts are sometimes unavoidable by the author. There are times when they would need to hit pause on the drama, in order to give out much needed information, as part of their storyline build-up. This information could be descriptions of certain characters or places, a historical overview of something or someone, or even statistical data on demographics and the like.
The action often returns as you read on, so don’t throw in the towel. Be determined to read the book all the way until the end. You would be glad you did.
Once you finish with your first book, you would feel quite proud of this achievement. Don’t take too long before you start with your next book. Remember to use a page marker. This will help you return exactly where you left off, in case your day-to-day activities get too hectic.
Remember, the goal here is to adapt the behaviour of frequent reading, in order to ultimately improve your written and spoken English. To reiterate, this will take determination and dedication – these two factors will get you reaping your desired, lifelong results soon.
So the next time someone asks what you are reading at that moment, you will feel quite cultured when you give them the title of your book. You might also just land an opportunity in your career or business, through the impression your reading may make.