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English Reading

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Welcome to EnglishClub Reading for ESL learners, to help you learn and practise the skill of reading English.

What is Reading?
ReadingĀ is the third of theĀ four language skills, which are: 1. Listening 2. Speaking 3. Reading 4. Writing

Guide to Reading for English Learners
Why reading is important and how you can do it better

Recommended Reading
Suggested reading for English learners

Classic Texts
Short, famous texts to read in English from classic sources like the Bible or Shakespeare. With word definitions and explanations to help you

Reading Exercises
Topic-based reading exercises, each one including a reading text, pre-reading vocab, comprehension/vocab quizzes and suggested discussion questions

Reading Test
Check how well you understand written English with this online test.

Selected Proverbs
Here are some traditional sayings that are well known to English speakers. Some of them come from other languages, but they are frequently used in English.

English Short Stories

The Winepress by Josef EssbergerThe Winepress
1500 words (British English)

This short story is set in Madagascar and France. It tells about wine and love - and hate. And about a winepress, the machine used to press the grapes from which wine is made. Comments

The Chapel by Josef EssbergerThe Chapel
3000 words (British English)

The background to this short story is the tropical island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. This is a story of quick lust and long revenge - with an ironical twist at the end. Comments

The Metro by Josef EssbergerThe Metro
7000 words (British English)

This short story is set in Paris. This is a story of love and murder, and a little voodoo. Comments

English Preposition List - PDF ebook for immediate download

English Alphabet
How to recognize English letters aA to zZ, including fonts and alphabetical order

Reading For Kids
Short stories for children, and other reading activities

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.Chinese proverb