By Denise Doty April 13, 2017
What does reading do for you?
- Reading increases your vocabulary.
- By reading you are being exposed to lots of words that you may not hear in everyday conversation and even less likely to see in language textbooks.
- Reading demonstrates different uses of vocabulary.
- Reading allows vocabulary to be used in various ways. Some words can mean different things by the way they are used in a sentence.
- Reading contextualizes meaning.
- Reading drives you to imagine the meaning behind the words causing you to create a picture in your head. This creative process enhances your memorization skills.
- Reading teaches you slang/ colloquialisms.
- One way to improve your language skills is to add slang to your vocabulary usage.
- Reading allows you to go at your own pace.
- You can skim an article or you can dissect it learning every word, every grammar point, and every nuance there is in the article. It’s up to you to decide.
- Reading increases your confidence.
- When you read a phrase or a word over and over again, you create an understanding and a familiarity with that phrase/word, it is this understanding, this familiarity, which builds confidence and thus will allow you to use it in conversation.
- Reading teaches you how to tell stories.
- Reading stories give you examples to mimic on how to tell stories.
- Reading forces, you to learn complex words and phrases.
- Writers tend to be precise and their word choice is elevated more than the spoken language.
- Reading teaches you about the culture.
- Whether you read about a specific holiday, a story about a family or a travel brochure or even the local newspaper you will learn about the culture.
As you can see, there are many benefits to reading. What do you like to read?