How to read in a foreign language and boost your vocabulary, part 2

By Denise Doty

reading goals


So now that you have decided to read to improve your target language skills, what do you do first? I would first suggest that you decide on your goals. What do you want to get out of reading?

What are your reading goals?

  • To increase vocabulary. 
    • Be specific. How many words per day do you want to learn? Is there a category in which you need to increase your vocabulary, such as medicine, law or engineering?
  • To increase slang/colloquialisms/idioms. 
    • Is your goal to sound more like a native by using more colorful everyday speech?
  • To read fluently. 
    • Is your goal to be able to read a foreign text for your job?
  • To prepare for an exam. 
    • If you are planning to take a written exam to prove your language ability focus on reading only that information that will help you excel at the test.
  • To read a specific book. 
    • Is there a book you would like to read, but your target language reading ability is not quite at that level? Practice makes perfect. Read less-advance books on the same topic to work your way up to the desired book.


Check out my posting on SMART Goals: How to make them

What are your goals?


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