How To Learn English by Reading Books

By Bethany MacDonald


What’s your end goal? Would you like to read 12 books in a year? Or 100? Make a realistic plan for what you’re going to read and hold yourself to that promise. This could take some time to fully perfect, which is completely normal. If any part of your plan falls through, just rearrange it as you go to fit your lifestyle.


Find a friend

Some people need that extra push to read their book. This is where friends and family can be particularly helpful. Having someone to report to about our reading progress and practice English conversations can keep us motivated. It also doesn’t hurt for morale-boosting, as words of encouragement from a friend can help us stay committed to our study time.



Another way to stay committed is to identify the best time of day for you. Some people like reading in the morning while they drink their coffee, and some people prefer nighttime. Whichever it is, find that time for deep reading where you and your book will not be disturbed by other daily tasks.


Trial and Error

Only you will truly know what works for you. If the book you’re reading isn’t grabbing your attention, drop it and find an entertaining book. If reading before bed isn’t the best learning environment, change it to post-dinner. The beauty of this method is that it’s flexible and you call the shots. Don’t be afraid to change up every part of your routine until you find something that works perfectly for you.


Book Clubs

Sometimes, it can be hard to find the discipline within ourselves to start reading. We know it’s good for us, we know it will work, but that TV is just so much easier to turn on. This is where Book Clubs come in handy. This method of reading was developed by people who wanted to read more but needed an extra push to get started. These clubs give you a time limit to finish a book and then discuss/quiz you on it after. It may be just the thing you need to fall back in love with reading.


Read Aloud

Reading aloud has been proven to aid in solidifying language in our memory. When we read aloud, we are given free pronunciation practice with all the benefits of reading. Over time, students who read aloud have a much firmer grasp on the language as a whole, and learn it much fast than those who only read quietly.


Use eBooks

eBooks have become an important part of the reading community outside of language learning. This is because you can read them from your tablet, eReader, phone, or computer. They are also much more affordable than real books, which can take up valuable space in your monthly budget. Keep reading for an App that brings together the eBook, English novels, reading aloud, and English learning.