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10 Powerful Tips to Enhance Your English Reading Ability

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Learning to read in English can seem intimidating, but with the right strategies, you can easily overcome this step and make it fun and rewarding. Whether you're a beginner or want to improve your skills, here are 10 tips to help you immerse yourself in English literature without stress.

1. Start with Simple English Books

Opt for books in English adapted to your level. Children's books or easy novels are great to start with. They use simple vocabulary and short sentences that will allow you to progress without getting discouraged.

2. Visit an English-speaking bookstore

Bookstores specializing in books in English, such as our bookstore "The Little Bookshop" in Rennes, offer a varied selection of books in English for all levels. Don’t hesitate to ask the bookseller for recommendations.

3. Use Bilingual/Learning Books

Bilingual books present the text in English and its translation into French on the opposite page. The learning books are either abridged stories or complete texts with translations of complicated words/expressions. This allows you to instantly check the meaning of a word or phrase without interrupting your reading.

4. Integrate Reading into your Daily Routine

Reading a few pages each day will allow you to progress steadily. Set a daily goal, even if it's to read for just ten minutes before bed.

5. Explore Various Literary Genres

Don't limit yourself to just one genre. Explore science fiction, detective stories, romance, and even non-fiction. This will allow you to discover new words and expressions specific to each genre.

6. Use a Dictionary (sparingly)

When you encounter unfamiliar words, use a dictionary to understand their meaning. However, avoid translating each word so as not to interrupt your reading flow. Try to guess the meaning from the context.

7. Join a Book Club

Participating in an English book club will give you the opportunity to discuss books in English with other people. It's a great way to improve your comprehension and enrich your vocabulary.

8. Listening to Audiobooks

Audiobooks can help you improve your pronunciation and listening while familiarizing yourself with the rhythm and intonation of the English language. You can listen to them during your commute or your sports sessions.

9. Choose Books That Passionate You

The most important part of staying motivated is choosing books that you really enjoy. Whether it's an adventure novel, a love story, or an inspiring biography, reading books that you love will make you want to keep going and will make learning English much more enjoyable.

10. Be Patient and Perseverant

Learning to read in English is a process that takes time and patience. Don't be discouraged by difficulties and celebrate each small victory. Persistence is the key to success.


By following these tips, you will quickly see progress in your ability to read in English. Don't hesitate to come visit us in Rennes to discover new books and ask your questions. Good reading !

This article is written by The Little Bookshop, your reference bookstore for English books in Rennes. Discover our selection of books in English and benefit from our personalized advice :)


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