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    Can someone recommend a easy english book for me?

    Hello, I am 22 years old Norwegian. I trying to improve my English, but I feel a bit lost. I can understand much more than I am capable to speak, but I can take a part in a conversation, but it is just basic I think. I have watched a lot of US movies and TV shows, and that’s maybe why my listening skills are much better compare to my speaking skills.

    Today I was starting to read a book named “THE GIVER”, but I gave up after 5 pages. The book is using many different words, and I tried to look up every word I didn’t understand, but it was so exhausting. I do understand the meaning of the phrases, but If I shall grow my vocabulary I need to understand new words. If not, it is not a point to read I think, or I am wrong? I usually do not like to read in my own language, so it is very hard to concentrate when I don’t understand many English words. I like genre as real stories and romance. I think the best way to start reading in English is to begin with something easy stuff, and grow it bigger after a while. Do some of you know any real-life stories or romance where the language are easy to understand. I think my English level is between beginner to intermediate, so if anybody knows good books in that level, I would be very happy to know.

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    Re: Can someone recommend a easy english book for me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nichlas1994 View Post
    Hello, I am a 22-year-old Norwegian. I am trying to improve my English, but I feel a bit lost. I can understand much more better than I am capable to can speak. but I can take a part in a basic conversation. but it is just basic I think. I have watched a lot of US movies and TV shows, and that’s maybe why my listening skills are much better compare to than my speaking skills.

    Today, I was starting started to read a book named “THE GIVER”, but I gave up after 5 pages. The book is using uses many different words, and I tried to look up every word I didn’t understand (no comma here) but it was so exhausting. I do understand the meaning of the phrases, but If if I shall want to grow my vocabulary, I need to understand new words. If not, it is not a point to read I think there is no point in reading, or I am wrong? I usually do not like to read in my own language, so it is very hard to concentrate when I don’t understand many English words. I like genre as real stories and romance. I think the best way to start reading in English is to begin with something easy stuff, and grow it bigger move on to more complicated texts after a while. Do some any of you know any real-life stories or romances where in which the language are is easy to understand. I think my English level is between beginner to and intermediate, so if anybody knows good books in that level, I would be very happy to know.
    Note my corrections above.

    In a previous thread, I suggested that you think of a book you have already read in Norwegian and then find an English translation of it. If you do that, you will already know the basic story and you wont' have to try to work everything out from scratch. Did you try that? I know you said in this post that you "usually don't like to read in my own language" but surely you have read something. If you don't read, how do you know that romance and real-life stories are your favourites?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can someone recommend a easy english book for me?

    Thanks for fixing my errors.

    Yeah, I have read some books, but just a few (without school books). I think the only book I have read, who is translate to English is the book “headhunters”, and I have read this book twice (in my own language) and watched the movie many times. Do you think it is a more effective way to improve English, when I already know the story? I mean, I will anyway don’t understand a lot of words. If I need to look up every word I don’t understand, I think I will use a month to complete the book. Is it necessary to look up every word, or should I just look up word, when I don’t understand the phrase?

    Finally: When I need to look up a word, do you recommend to use an English dictionary, or an English-Norwegian translator? If you recommend an English dictionary, I will be happy to know the name of it.
    Last edited by Nichlas1994; 09-Jan-2017 at 22:15.

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    Re: Can someone recommend a easy english book for me?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nichlas1994 View Post
    Thanks for fixing my errors.

    YeahYes, I have read some books (no comma needed here) but just a few (without other than school books). I think the only book I have read, who is transferred to which has been translated into English, is the book “Headhunters”. and I have read this book twice (in my own language) and watched the movie many times. Do you think it is a more effective way to improve my English, when I already know the story? I mean (no comma needed here) I will anyway don’t still won't understand a lot of words. If I need to look up every word I don’t understand, I think I will use it will take me a month to complete the book. Is it necessary to look up every word, or should I just look up words when I don’t understand the phrase?
    You definitely do not need to look up every word. Read a few sentences at a time and, as long as you are fairly sure you have understood the general meaning, move on to the next few sentences. It is amazing how much vocabulary and grammar you can pick up as you go along. If you try to look up every word and memorise the definition, not only will it take you a very long time to read a book but it will also be a waste of your time. Vocabulary is far better learnt in context.

    I think it would be a very good idea to read the English translation of "Headhunters".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can someone recommend a easy english book for me?

    Try books aimed for younger readers of English- children's books tend to use a more restricted vocabulary and often repeat it, which is how native speakers learn.

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    Re: Can someone recommend a easy english book for me?

    Reading a book in the language you are learning on an e-reader can really help with the need to look up words. When I read a book on my e-reader I can simply tap the word and the definition comes up for me (in my target language). I can also scroll over and see the definition in my native language.

    Regardless of this, as mentioned above, you shouldn't try to look up every word when reading, but rather choose a book that is slightly above your current level.

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