Is it true that reading improves ur vocabulary

India
July 27, 2009 11:06am CST
I am being advised my professor that I better improve my english or else I would find it extremely difficult to get a job after my graduation.its a pity that I am soon to be an engineer and still hesitate to fluently speak in English.I have heard from my friends and also from sites that reading improves english.Is it so...What is your opinion guys....
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@tutor19us (455)
• India
28 Jul 09
Speaking a foreign language will come to you when you actually start thinking in that language. A very popular actor once said, "I talk English, I walk English, I eat English." Well, you can just stick to speaking and communicating effectively in English. Just see around you. You can actually feel that the more you think about things in English, your vocabulary will grow, so will your confidence to converse in the language. All the best.
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@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
28 Jul 09
I agree that reading can improve English. And of course they are many others way to improve English. If you want to speak fluently in English, I would say you need to get more practice. try listen more on how and what others say, especially from experts like listening to the radio, Tv news and watching English film too can help. practice make perfect. Try talk more to others in English. You will get to see your improvement from day to day.
@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
29 Jul 09
Thank you for the best response for me!
@mickly08 (770)
• China
30 Jul 09
It help you to enlarge your vocabulary if you look up new words you meet in dictionary . If you don't ,how can you improve your vocabulary ?
@gie2910 (407)
• United States
28 Jul 09
Reading is the best to improve your English as whole, not just vocabs!!! It will show you how you should write in that culture (every culture differ in writing) You will learn new vocabs and new ways of thinking and writing.
@whizkid08 (715)
• India
28 Jul 09
I am also pursuing my graduation, but have 3 years before I pass out. Well, we are in the same boat. I was going to start a similar discussion. Even I hesitate to speak in english but that's not out of hesitation but due to the surroundings. The company we live in, greatly influence our habits, and most importantly our skills. Its imperative that we converse in english as is the universally adopted language in the world. Reading does help a lot in improving vocabulary, it'll help you develop your way of speaking, how to get along with the language and how to use the adjectives in correct place. Things will work automatically once you start reading newspapers, articles, novels, journals etc. Just want to say, shed off the hesitation and fear and start speaking in english.
@bziebarth (228)
• United States
28 Jul 09
Yes, reading is a great way to improve your vocabulary. I am an avid reader and have discovered reading has many benefits. You can expand your vocabulary, however, do not just sound out or try to pronounce words you do not know, understand their meanings also. I have read books before with a dictionary beside me. This allows me to look up words whose meanings are not apparent.
@hireshd (492)
• India
28 Jul 09
Yes reading improves our vocabulary in terms f using the right words at the right places, many a times we know meaning of a specific word but we do not use it during our conversations this is not because we dont know how to use it but because we are not very much comfortable using that word in our daily conversation. Reading improves this capability and hence everyone recommends that we should read to improve our vocabulary
• United States
28 Jul 09
Of course it is true. Why do you think teachers request children read every night? So they can improve their vocabulary and reading skills.
@snowy22315 (28240)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I think it will be helpful to read. I think you should also practice English conversation with people. It is often good to practice what you want to talk about with others. I think that there are many things that you can do to work on your English and reading, listening and speaking are all good. Good Luck to you.
@divkris (1163)
• India
28 Jul 09
I personally think that reading improves one's vocabulary. The main reason is there are many words and phrases differnt authors use and when you read through these books these words become a part of your speech. You may start using your newly "discovered" words in a casual talk and then slowly iot becomes a part of your system. :)
@iamJuNe2 (50)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
definitely, absolutely yes. i've loved reading books since third grade, and been hooked by the stories and the characters and the culture and the different words that i've learned from them. sometimes, i refer to the dictionary about certain words that i totally do not understand! @_@ but all this paid off because now i am very confident when it comes to write and verbal English. ^_^ you know what, you should assess yourself if reading is really your thing. if you're really willing to try it, then asked yourself what kind of books you would like to read first. whether it be romance, thriller/suspense, self-help, or other kinds of stuff. ^_^ good luck in your endeavor! ^_^ happy MYLOTTING! =)
@ucue2008 (926)
• Malaysia
28 Jul 09
Yes, I do agree, reading will help you improve your English. Reading make you discover new things, somehow you know a new sentence, a new perspective of something and of course widen your vocabulary. Your professor is right, so you needd to follow his advice. Reading through mylotting and replying also a way for you to improve your English too.
• Kuwait
27 Jul 09
Reading definitely improves vocabulary. More importantly, it is the only way you will be exposed to certain words, expressions and structures that are used in writing but not speech, and which are essential in the workplace. Assuming you are now in an English-speaking environment, it is difficult to make a successful job application- and even harder to get promoted - without a good command of written English. One caveat (there's one to look up)- it is more likely to increase your accuracy and range than to help you speak more fluently.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
27 Jul 09
Yes, I think it's a good way to improve your vocabulary, and more. Not only do you learn different words and what they mean, you also see how to use them in context in a sentence. Reading can really help you understand how a language is used.
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
27 Jul 09
I definitely believe that reading will up the level of a person's vocabulary. When we leave our zone of known words, then we pick up new ones. Quite often the context of the sentence, or the paragraph, will give a clue to what the word means. When I find that I can't figure out the meaning of a word from the way it's used in a sentence, more likely I will look it up in the dictionary. When I was a tutor we had the kids, as well as adults, read more to get their vocabulary improved. Another good way is to have a 'word of the day.' On my MSN daily page, I have a word of the day that they send me. There's lots I already know, but sometimes it's handy to learn a new one. Good luck on your engineering job when you finish your schooling!
@dodo19 (25673)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Jul 09
I really do believe that reading does improve your vocabulary. There are times, when I'm reading, and need to look up a word in the dictionary. There have been so many times that I've been in this situation. Reading has helped me a lot with regards to my vocabulary. I think that reading can help everyone, or at least a lot of people, to improve their vocabulary.
@thea09 (18319)
• Greece
27 Jul 09
Hi ravirai, reading will improve your vocabulary and help to improve your confidence in speaking English. If you read and come across a new word check it out in the dictionary, don't just learn the word but try and put it in context. My son is bi-lingual but spends most of his time hearing and speaking Greek and often comes across new words whilst reading in English and asks me the meaning. When I explain them to him I then ask him to use the new word in a sentence to see if he has really grasped it. His extensive reading in English (for pleasure) has given him a rich vocabulary and he often comes out with old fashioned expressions which it is a delight to hear but he has picked these up from reading. If you hesitate to speak fluently in English ask the people you are speaking with to help you out and correct you when necessary, I do that all the time when using Greek.
• United States
27 Jul 09
I truly believe that reading does imporve your vocabulary, you learn the meaning of words through context and if one needs to they can always refer to a dictionary. Plus sometimes it is possible depending on what one reads to come upon unfamiliar words even in ones own language. However writing should be done as well as reading, because it strengthens the vocabulary... its like visiting grade school all over again for some since each day of the week there would be something new to do. One day writing the words 5 times each, another day writing a sentence with each word, etc. However not everything works for everyone, but I think it might be worth a test run.