Reading in English is a waste of time!

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby Bambang » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:41 pm

sweets wrote:"We are in danger if we can't speak English"

well uncle Bambang iam not calling to leave english as a language but to take care about our national languages :|


OK. Never forget to practice our national languages. :P
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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby sweets » Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:31 pm

this is a good move :)
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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby lxguy » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:38 am

Reading plays a very important role in language learning.But we should choose suitable reading materials according to learners' learning level.
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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby gem » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:10 pm

Reading itself is not a waste of time. It is a way of learning, widening your knowledge. Reading english materials will surely improve your english skills. So if you dont want or dont appreciate english language then it will be a waste of time for you but for those who are very eager and find english language very useful..in work , studies and for his /her entire life then its definitely NOT a waste of time..... :P

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby Seafarer » Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:16 pm

Oh, you really talked like my students:) I can't change your mind, but it gets harder as long as you resist it:) The same explanation that i make to my students :D

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby Annaa » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:47 am

I don`t think so :-D
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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby HelenMm » Sun Jul 20, 2008 6:47 pm

skorpion wrote:
TalkingPoint wrote:Reading in English is a waste of time!

Do YOU agree?


I think it really depends. If you're a beginner, it is a waste of time, cause you'll be guessing the pronunciation of a lot of words you don't know, and that'll just make your English hard to understand. Beginners should practice their English by listening a lot and then by speaking. When the learner has strong listening and speaking skills, then he/she can move on to reading.

If you're an advanced student, then reading should not be a waste of time... provided that you keep a good dictionary next to you so that you can always check the correct pronunciation of new words.

I hope this helps.



I don't agree that beginners should only listen or speak English. I think that reading helps people to improve their vocabulary and extend their horizons. I began learning English from reading.

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby alkhader » Mon Jul 21, 2008 7:09 am

That's completely untrue, because reader gain many things when they read much.
First, Students, people, and none native speakers who don't have ability to read Englsih in correct way they can improve their reading by reading more and more. So the more youread the more you be perfect reader.

Second, Many people and leaders who always read a lot have a lot of experience in many things. For Instance, People who read old histories have a good knowledge and learn from mistakes that happened in last wars and histories and going to a void them.

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby Koala » Mon Jul 21, 2008 6:37 pm

I totally disagree. Reading English is the good way to improve your vocabulary and event your grammar. When you read regularly, you meet new words frequently so you can know them without trying to learn them by heart and it save you a lot of energy. Perhaps it take you a lot of time at the first time but it isn't waste and when you accustomed to reading, you can save a lot of time and learn not only English but also many things from this.

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby denvinbo » Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:00 am

When you are reading a book or a story....you should read carefully to recognize the grammars the writer used....you can try to understand some words you don't know....or you can use the dictionary immediately.....and remember after use found it....retain it in mind....and recall it whenever you want it.... :-)
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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby bruna » Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:22 pm

I would never say "reading in English is a waste of time". Reading in a second language is always an effort but it helps a lot. It is a good idea reading a magazine about a topic you really love (travelling, fashion, ...). In my opinion this is the best way of thinking you are learning and not wasting your time. :-P

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby Vittoria » Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:47 am

bruna wrote:I would never say "reading in English is a waste of time". Reading in a second language is always an effort but it helps a lot. It is a good idea reading a magazine about a topic you really love (travelling, fashion, ...). In my opinion this is the best way of thinking you are learning and not wasting your time. :-P

Yes, you're right. In addition, when you start to read in a second language you'll spend more time than usually due to the fact that impossible to refuse your original mentality and the way of thinking but it trains your brain.

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby rehman » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:10 am

reading newspaper and books in english are very important to enrich english..... it is only the best way to collect vacuballary and way of writing........ so i think more reading you will learn more grip over the language.......

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby studentss » Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:06 pm

Even though I would like to read from original sources, I couldn't learn all possible languages and since there isn't translated everything to every language

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby Rui » Tue Nov 18, 2008 4:31 pm

For me the most important way of learning a language is to communicate, of course that to achieve a level where you are able to establish a normal conversation you must study a bit by reading, writing and learning some grammar rules, although after that just start communicating with other people because its when you really figure which words and how you should express your thoughts in certain matters.

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby keenlearner » Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:24 am

No Way! Reading in English is not a waste of time

It is the best remedy to our minds nowadays.

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby martinohare » Thu May 21, 2009 12:05 pm

Wasting time is one of the biggest problems that faces us these days. Why? There's so much info. available these days that dealing with the deluge is what defines good usage of our time - to a large extent.

Reading fiction that is not tainted in any way is a great way to fire the imagination,likewise non-fiction that is uplifting gives food for thought. Seeing how others showed wisdom ,overcame adversity or showed great originality or bravery can make us think in a positive light.

For learners of English it is a great way to extend their vocabulary,to give them a greater sense of sentence construction and pnctuation. They should remember to read in a half voice - to enunciate the words as this helps retention of chunks of language allied to vocab retension.

So reading, a balanced diet of it,is one productive way to use your time. Seconds out!

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby lyphan » Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:07 am

English is a international language, it becomes more and more important nowadays. Mastering English skill is one of the gold keys to communicate with people all over the world.
Reading English help you develop your English skills, therefore it is very essential.
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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby coolg » Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:49 pm

I think,for every language learning, reading, writting, listening, and speaking are complementary things. So it's impossible for us to neglect one of those methods if we want to master the language. In my case, I can't master these four things yet, but I try to progress here.
So, I extend special thanks to the creator of the site for letting me participate in this very nice web! ;-)

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Re: Reading in English is a waste of time!

Postby tuanhoang » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:06 pm

If you are an English learner, reading in English gives you many big advantages that you can not afford to ignore it!

First of all, reading English books or articles helps you to improve your vocabulary and grammar. Almost English contents you encounter will be written in correct and precise English. So you will learn lots of correct sentences and words by reading those texts. But many people afraid of new words when reading English books which is usual and shouldn't see as a problem. Those new worlds will stay in your brain once you read more texts about the same subjects, for example: medical or technology. Once you master those words, reading will become a leisure activity for you.

Secondly, most of the world's best books are written in English. So improving your English reading skill will be an important key to your future success. If you are a college student, you can clearly see that most of the reference books of your courses are in English. Of course, there are translated editions to some books you want to read. But normally, translated editions somewhat altered contents of original editions and will not fully give you ideas the authors want to tell you.

Finally, according to scientist reading in any language or in English with good contents will keep your brain sharp! No matter how old are you, keeping your mind sharp is a key activity to make you live longer. Besides, with a good brain, you will live your life to the fullest. What can be better than this!

In conclusion, reading in English helps English learners improving their language skills and also give them opportunity to put their English skills to use. In addition to that, reading English books will broaden your knowledge and help you sharpen your brain and live a best life. So, make this as your everyday activity and experience the good it bring to you.


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