https://www.duolingo.com/Eric135598

Reading leads to faster overall language development.

That's a pretty big claim to make, right?

Well, if you listen to the best language learners out there today (polyglots), you will hear this claim very often. Polyglots like Steve Kaufmann, Alexander Arguelles, and Luca Lampriello have been able to achieve so much in so many languages through the power of reading.

Of course, listening is just as important, but reading will exponentially boost your listening and even your speaking abilities as well. If you read every day for even just an hour, you'll pick up 30-40 new words a day and review hundreds of others along the way.

I know most people don't read anymore these days. It's not cool. It can't beat Duolingo in the coolness factor. And yes, Duolingo is a wonderful tool to help consolidate our study time into a single app that you can take wherever and do whenever.

I guess what I'm trying to say is give reading another shot!

Find something light and fun to read. Back when I was learning Korean, I tried reading news articles over and over and studying them like tests, and it sucked. But now I try to think of fun and creative ways to do reading like reading MTG cards in Japanese and learning all kinds of cool and fun words!

Anyways, I made this video that goes into more of why reading leads to faster overall progress. I hope it helps those who are struggling with the motivation to continue learning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJJXT_ALRjk

11 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ruel-Stroud

The fact that few people read these days seems to be directly connected to people's meager writing skills!

This twitter and Wattsapp culture where everything is summarized and chewed leads to some kind of semi-illiteracy.

Reading is my hobby, I'm always amazed when someone says that do not understand for example the similarities between Spanish Portuguese when they are almost identical languages to me, probably due to many years of reading and an improved ability to interpret, to connect points, I became fluent in Spanish unintentionally at least in passive skills, reading and writing.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kawaii_Overlord

I only just started reading English books and just recently and found a real love in doing so. I agree with 99% of the video minus the don't learn words when reading, just "pick" them up. I've never been able to do this and i like perfectionism so i add every word i don't know and to me it's slow until the point where you've learnt most of the vocabulary you were being tripped up on.

I've started for only a few months reading news articles on a certain website and it was really hard to start with since i was barely able to read two sentences without searching up several words/phrases but after 1 month of reading simple news articles i got used to it and was able to read most of it with no hitchups.

In my experience, i've found that reading in Swedish is made easier by reading news articles and that there are two types of texts, literal and "native-like" since i've found a news article in Swedish on gaming and it uses alot of phrases and sayings that i don't understand because the news article is more of an opinion piece than a simple statement as news articles tend to be.

I haven't tried reading an actual book in Swedish yet but i find that it uses words that most learners don't learn like "shiver", "howl", etc so i'm trying to reach a higher point until i start reading one.

To me, from the point of reading books i plan to move to audiobooks immediately after for the same book as to establish my association of word to audio as i am missing alot of it.

Hope these experience are of good use to others~

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Corinnebelle
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Excellent suggestion! I speak English and I read books to learn new words in English!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TinaMorris4

In addition to foreign news sources, which can sometimes be interesting, but most are pretty meh, there are a lot of dual-language short story books out there, especially on Amazon, that are geared towards beginner and intermediate language-learners. The ebooks for kindle are so cheap compared to the ones I originally bought in college! Children's books are also great for beginners.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kawaii_Overlord

I've thought of children's books but i find they'd bore me more-so than foriegn news stories. The first book i was thinking of trying was a book listed towards 12-15 year olds which isn't too basic to be boring nor to advanced to kill my motivation. Just food for thought of future reading endevours for others~

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elizadeux
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Whatever you read, it has to be something that you like and interests you. I've read a couple Harry Potter books and am now working on my second Oz book. As the first couple books were a familiar story, it helped me to be able to understand new words from context. However, I'm more intermediate than beginner.

I also have Richard Scarry wordbooks in various languages. I gave this one to my five-year old niece but I also have in Dutch and a couple other languages. https://www.amazon.es/Richard-Scarrys-Mejor-Palabras-Scarry/dp/0873588738/ref=sr_1_2/258-5000826-1744218?s=booksie=UTF8qid=1520612125sr=1-2keywords=richard+scarry+espa%C3%B1ol

However, some people really don't like children's books at all and there's no reason to try to force yourself to read anything that bores you.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kawaii_Overlord

That sort-of aged books was what initially brought me a few books i enjoyed in English when i was younger. Geronimo Stilton when i was quite young and Diary of the wimpy kid when i was 13~ and still enjoy diary of the wimpy kid to this day :) So i guess it's my personal preference since my English book love found that age bracket the most interesting.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gauchowatcher
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Give Quora a try. It's available in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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I use Pokemon (for Japanese). It's incredibly slow but still kind of feels like I'm playing the game. I bought a Japanese 2DS system so I could do it!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kawaii_Overlord

My Swedish friend before he knew English said that he was playing Pokemon in English (a language he knew nothing of before and because Pokemon isn't avaliable in Swedish) and claims that taught him alot before moving to Australia so it's possible~

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https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas_Wesley
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hurray!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shooked

Glad you brought this up.

I plan on reading some simple Japanese children's books and see where I can go from there. I'm sure that it'll help me (and others that are doing this) out in some way.

I hope you and everyone that tries this has lots of fun and gets something out of it!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EvilGenius88
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I absolutely agree. I read manga for Japanese (with long, long breaks in between) and although it is taxing, it is totally worth it! I plan to start doing the same (reading) for the other languages once I get all gold in the trees (for French at least!)

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyVBR

This is great news because I love reading! I've always suspected the power of reading for learning a language, because as a kid I read nonstop every day in my native language and consistently had above-average vocabulary and grammar. I can't wait to see how an activity I love so much will affect my aquistition of other languages. Step 1: Korean children's books here I come! :)

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