@@ Does Reading English Books Really Help With My English? 英語の本を読むこと

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Apr 30, 2012 22:32
Lots of people have said to me that reading English books would help with my English ability. However, I didn't try reading very much before.

One of the reasons is that I really like intercultural communication. When I have free time, I would rather chat with people than read books by myself.

Last month, I finally decided to read Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood" in English. I've reached 109 pages out of the 389 pages. I was amazed that I could do this since my reading speed is really slow.

When I just started reading it, I found out that one of my Lang-8 friends was also reading the same book in Japanese. Of course, since I blabbed to my friend that I would read it, I couldn't give up in the middle.

I think that it was my luck to find him reading the same book. It is good for two people to read the same book in different languages while encouraging each other. Otherwise, I would become lazy easily or worse, I would stop reading and probably give an old song-and-dance-routine excuse as to why.

Having said that, I still have doubts about if it really helps with my Egnlish ability. While reading it, I've found some words and phrases that I don't know. I occasionally check some of the words, but not all of them. Even so, I couldn't memorize them , and moreover, I couldn't use them freely in a conversation.

Do you think that it will really help me with my English?

Do you think if it would help with my speaking ability as well?

Thank you for reading this!