How Reading Helps You Learn a New Language?

Acquiring a new language can sometimes be a tough task, depending on what language you choose, but the real fact is it all depends on how easy you find learning languages and also how much effort you put into it. Reading is one of the activities that help you improve not only the language level itself in general but also the speaking skill.

In this article we are going to see what to expect when reading, how different genres can help you learn the language and how you can take advantage of reading to improve your speaking skill.

What to Expect When Reading in a Second Language

One of the biggest mistakes students make is trying to understand every single word they read. They usually interrupt the reading process to google the meaning of certain words. This is, in fact, interrupting your learning process. When reading, it’s important that you grasp the general idea of the text and ignore those unimportant words you don’t know.

When should you look up the meaning of a word? When the strange word is a key word (that means, it’s important in the sentence and carries a lot of meaning) and you need to know it in order to understand the general idea, then it is advisable that you look for its meaning.

You should also consider that if you are a beginner, you may not understand a thing at first, but you will see how with time and patience, every time you read it gets easier.

Genres You Can Read

There are different genres you can choose from to enjoy the reading session and improve your Chinese language level. Among them, the most common are:

  • Poetry: this is the most well-known form of literature with uses aesthetic and rhymes. If you are a poetry lover, then reading Chinese poetry will help you boost the language level.

  • Short stories or novels: these are also a classic genre and usually easier to read than poetry. If you are a beginner, it’s recommended that you start with short stories first. If you are advanced, novels are a great way of keeping learning.

  • Articles: this is a formal genre and its main objective is to educate the reader or help them with a specific issue. For example, right now you are reading an article.

How Reading Improves your Speaking Skill

You might be wondering how is it that reading can help your speaking skill. Well, we are specifically referring to reading aloud. Sometimes students (especially adult students) find it hard and even embarrassing to read aloud or speak. When silently reading, in their minds it sounds perfect, but then when reading aloud or speaking, they sound pretty different. This is because of the lack of practice. If you are disciplined enough to read aloud at least 5 minutes a day, you will see how your speaking skill improves day by day.

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