Read Every Day!
Whatever you enjoy reading is fine; however, read the best quality available. For example, if you enjoy reading the newspaper, I recommend The Globe and Mail or The Calgary Herald to reinforce business vocabulary, idioms, and the mindset for achievement. If you enjoy fiction, classic novels are available in a variety of English levels through Usborne Books and Scholastic. And if you enjoy, nonfiction, be sure to read literature outside of your profession in order to broaden your vocabulary. I would recommend comics only if your English is very advanced and your goal is to broaden your idiomatic and colloquial English.
Here are ten reasons why Reading is beneficial:
The brain is like any other muscle, requiring exercise to keep it strong and healthy.
Reading a well-written novel can make you relax as you focus on the story, and forget about your stress of work, personal relationships, or other issues.
Reading will always supply you with new information and will make conversations much easier when you have more knowledge about the topic you are discussing.
By reading a variety of books, you gain exposure to words used in context, which will help define when and where to use the word and also expand your vocabulary.
Reading a book requires that you remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, and their personalities. You also have to remember the subplots and various arcs, as well as how it affects the rest of the story.
Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
You can analyze and critique how the plot of a book will play out by noticing the details provided and taking note of the development of the story.
Improved Focus and Concentration
Reading a book focuses all your attention on the topic and improves your focus and concentration on one task.
Better Writing Skills
Exposure to well-written books influences your own writing, as you start to use the writing styles that you have observed and enjoyed.
Depending on the subject you read, books can bring you a sense of inner peace and tranquility, for example, reading spiritual texts can lower blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm.
Reading the news, and staying up to date on current events can provide an opportunity to join conversations with other friends and colleagues.
Consistent reading is the most efficient and effective strategy to develop vocabulary and writing skills, as well as the confidence to express yourself during small talk. The ability to express yourself on a wide range of topics allows you to build relationships and express your ideas both on work teams and in social situations. Read a book today!