Which books are useful for improving English?
Reading English texts is the answer to numerous questions: How do you learn to write well? How do you expand your vocabulary? How can you improve your ability to put your thoughts and ideas into words? How can you improve your foreign language skills in a pleasant and varied way? A reasonable suggestion is without a doubt: read English texts as much as possible!
Last update: April 21, 2021
We warmly recommend reading any novels or texts in English if you want to learn more words and improve your oral and written skills.
The assumption that you have to have a very high language level to read a book in another language is completely wrong! 300 well-chosen words can be enough to understand a text as a whole. Right from the start of learning a new language, you can devote yourself to reading the chosen language.
Tips for choosing English texts ^
It is often enough if you have the consider the following tips:
- Take advantage of the famous “graded readers“, In other words, books in which the level of learning required for understanding is listed (we will go into this in more detail below in the text).
- Choose Your to read Texts carefully And don't forget that while they are challenging, reading should be a pleasure after all. So look for reading on topics that you are enthusiastic about and stories that sound exciting!
Read English texts in context ^
Don't start translating all the words that you don't understand, but rather Use instead of that contextto understand the meaning of a sentence.
- Identify Key phrases and if you don't understand them, look up the meanings of the most important words in a dictionary.
- Start with short texts or stories so that the knowledge of your skills and your motivation are retained.
- Feel free to try novels at a later date. "Captivating" novels are best, as they are usually read through more quickly.
In the following we will take a detailed look at a range of texts for learning a foreign language:
English texts in bilingual works ^
There are books with the text in the original language and the German translation on the same page. This is an efficient technique for learning new words and sentences since both versions available at a glance are. Another advantage of bilingual books is that if you don't understand a passage you can just look up the complicated words in the translation next door, which saves you the search!
Find English texts in books ^
Just go to a good bookstore and you are sure to find a large selection of books in bilingual print there, at least as far as the European languages are concerned. Alternatively, visit Amazon and search for “bilingual”.
The "graded readers”Or reading according to language level! ^
The concept of "graded readers”Reads as follows: you in the process help to read what corresponds to your knowledge (and of course what suits your taste):
If I had found out about this possibility sooner, my English teacher would have been spared many (unnecessary) questions! There are namely for most languages "graded readers“, But most choice for English.
In particular the publishing housePenguin Readers offers excellent service here, which makes it easier for you to search through an extensive catalog with books sorted by language level. All you have to do is visit the PenguinReaders page and select one of the 6 levels. Here is a brief definition of the levels:
- Level 1 - Beginner: for learners who know about 300 words (A1)
- Level 2 - Beginners with basic knowledge: for students with a vocabulary of around 600 words (A2)
- Level 3 - Pre-intermediate: for learners who know 1200 words (A2)
- Level 4 -Intermediate: 1700 words (B1)
- Level 5 -Advanced intermediate: 2300 words (B2)
- Level 6 -Advanced: 3000 words
MosaLingua tips ^
I believe regular blog readers covered by this one Levels and classification At this point I want to emphasize that when you look up the words you have learned, you are important cornerstone of the method used by MosaLingua.
The users of our apps receive information on how many words they have already learned and consequently also know which texts in English / the foreign language are suitable for them to read. For more tips on how to choose a book that's right for you and what will help you read, check out our blog article on How to Read and Approach it.
We wish you a lot of fun reading and, above all, lots of fun learning.
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