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I would like to share about strategies and tips to improve your reading skills. In the modern age of information, reading truly is a fundamental survival skill. Here are some tips that anyone can use to improve their reading skills.Remember, the more you read, the better reader you’ll become (and smarter, too)! So, feed your mind: read!

  1. Sound out each letter as best you can and you will notice they form some sort of word. Some letters fit together. For example, “th” is not pronounced as t + h, but rather as one unit. This is called a ‘phoneme’.
  2. Find a place to read where you can concentrate. This may be someplace secret where no one will bother you, or simply your home at a time when it is quiet.
  3. Begin your reading by looking at the pictures, or listening to the music to get a feel for what you are going to be reading about.
  4. Start with titles, names, or other larger print items that you may know or ever thought about.
  5. Read as much as you are able. When you start getting bored or need a break, take one. Reading should be fun and enjoyable, don’t force it. After your break, return to where you were, and continue.
  6. Reread the material. It is okay to reread something if you do not understand it fully the first time.
  7. Go to the library and pick up lots of books. Pick books depending on your reading level, no matter what your age.
  8. Read the page carefully. Don’t rush, take your time. Most people think that skimming the page(skimming means to just scan the whole page and hardly take in a couple of words)is a way of fast reading, but this is definitely not true.
  9. Use context clues to find out a word’s meaning. Context clues are when a person figures out the meaning of a word by seeing how the word was used in a sentence. For example, you were reading the following sentence and wanted to know what ‘pessimist’ means:My mother is always happy and optimistic, the total opposite of my brother, the pessimist. So from the sentence, you can gather that ‘pessimist’ means the opposite of happy, so pessimist means being moody and angry. Good, experienced readers always use context clues! If you find a word that you’re totally stumped on, use the dictionary! If you want to save time and the hassle of turning pages, go to the online dictionary
  10. Reread! If you don’t understand what you are reading, read over the sentence(s) again. Try reading the words out loud to yourself. If you still don’t understand something, ask a good reader nearby to explain the sentence(s)to you, or simply pick up a book that is easier to read and more appropriate to your reading level. Feel free to use your finger as a pointer. It will keep your eyes focused on the line you are reading, improving your underst
  11. Keep reading! Try to read as much as you can on your free time. Reading will help you in lots of ways; your vocabulary will become larger and more sophisticated and you will notice your grades change for the better in school. Have fun reading!


By: Sharziman Ismail


Learning English phonetics

Hello there.

I would like to share about the English phonetics and sounds.

These are the symbols for the sounds of English. We use the term ‘accents’ to refer to differences in pronunciations. Pronunciation can vary with cultures, regions and speakers, but there are two major standard varieties in English pronunciation: British English and American English.

The sounds are organised into the following different groups:

Short vowels
Long vowels
Diphthongs (double vowel sounds)
Voiceless consonants
Voiced consonants
Other consonants
By: Sharziman Ismail

Ten Tips to Help You Learn English as a Second Language

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I’m Sharziman Ismail, one of the authors for this blog. I would like to share to all of you 10 tips that can help you to learn English as Second Language. Nowadays, English is very important and as students we must improve our English so that we can speak fluently. Ok, that’s all. Enjoy reading……..

The following tips are designed to help you learn English as a second language. It is not easy learning a second language, but with dedication and a passion to learn you will be fluent in English in no time!

Tip 1 – Get A Good Dictionary

If you are a beginner, you may want to start off with a bilingual dictionary. Bilingual dictionaries are useful for comparing certain words to your own language. Remember though, when using a bilingual dictionary, it isn’t just about translating the word. It is also about understanding what type of word you are comparing: verb, noun, how it’s pronounced and so on.

Once you are past the beginner stage of learning English as a second language, throw that bilingual dictionary away (or give it to a friend who is a beginner) and get yourself a dictionary that is English-English.

Tip 2 – Making Time For Learning

30 minutes per day, for 5 days a week is a good study routine. This allows you to study most days of the week, and also gives you a break from learning. Taking time to study English is very important; if you don’t study, you won’t become fluent in the language.

Tip 3 – Show Interest

If you are not interested in learning English as a second language, chances are you are not going to learn to your full potential. If you are interested in learning English, you are much more likely to succeed.

Take the time to explore your particular interests in English. If you are a movie fan, read movie reviews in English; if you are a football fan, go to your team’s website, but view it in English. The Internet is full of amazing resources for you when you are learning English, so make sure to make the most of it.

Tip 4 – Don’t Worry If You Make Mistakes

Mistakes are how we learn; we make the mistake then we learn from it and improve. If you are not sure of the answer, have a go anyway. You may just surprise yourself! And, even if you are wrong, at least you will be able to learn the correct word, phrase or pronunciation.

Tip 5 – Thinking In English

It’s much easier to learn English if you can teach yourself to ‘think’ in English. If you are thinking of what you want to say in your own language, then translating it in your head, you may get confused. Constructing the sentence in English first is a good way to make fewer mistakes.

Tip 6 – Practice, Practice, Practice

The key to being able to speak, read and write better English is to practice the skills you have acquired through learning. Don’t just concentrate on one specific area of English; make sure to practice areas such as basic grammar, pronunciation and other aspects of the English language.

Tip 7 – Remember To Learn (And Love) English Grammar

English grammar may seem boring at a first glance, but it can be interesting if approached in the right way. Remember that learning English grammar will help you understand the language, as well as making you more fluent.

Tip 8 – Find A Friend To Practice With

Finding a friend who is also learning English as a second language, and sharing your learning experience is a great way to progress further.

You can do lots of things together to help you learn like: go for coffees together, speak only in English, swap notes, go to the cinema to watch English movies, and share your experiences.

Tip 9 – Learning How To Learn

All of us have different ways to learn that work better for us as individuals. The important thing is to find out how you learn best. For example, do you learn better by reading, doing, seeing or listening?

The majority of us learn by using a combination of all of these skills, however, finding out how you learn best will help you learn quicker.

Tip 10 – Finding A Good Teacher

Using a qualified teacher that understands English is a step in the right direction. A teacher can set you goals and timelines for learning.

Finally, remember that learning a language is a skill that needs constant use; if you don’t use it, you will probably lose it! A language isn’t just something you can learn and forget about; another language helps you understand the world, different cultures and different perceptions of life.

* I hope that this tips can help you to success in learning English…. 🙂

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Hello, I found this interesting video about Nouns… enjoy this video…. 🙂