嗨 我是Vanessa 来自speakenglishwithvanessa.com
Hi, I’m Vanessa, from speakenglishwithvanessa.com.
Today we’re going to talk about six books that you can read
to improve your English skills.
Let’s get started. [Music playing]
Personally I’m a big fan of reading.
And when it comes to learning languages
I think reading is an excellent key to help you improve your vocabulary
to remember natural grammar structures
and just to improve your over all knowledge of English.
So today I want to share with you six books
that are different levels
to help you improve your English.
But there are so many other books that I recommend
because I love reading and I want to share all great books with you.
So what I’m going to do is in the blog post
for this video lesson,
I’m going to write a lot of other book recommendations.
So in the description below this video
you can click on the link to see a lot of other recommendations
and also on the end of this video or add a little button
so that you can see
as many books as possible
and see which one would be a good fit for you.
The first book that I want to talk about is a famous children’s author.
Don’t be afraid to read children’s books.
They can also be full of rich characters interesting stories,
and great vocabulary that will help you improve.
这本书是“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
This book is “Fantastic Mr. Fox” .
It’s written by the same guy Roald Dahl,
who also wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”,
“James and the Giant Peach”.
He wrote a lot of famous kids books.
And I got this book at the library
just to show you a sample of his writing style.
I’d like to read the first couple,
couple sentences to you so that you can see the level
and see if it would be a good fit for you.
Let’s start with chapter one, “The Three Farmers”.
“Down in the valley there were three farms.
The owners of these farms had done well.
They were rich men.
They were also nasty men.
All three of them were about as nasty
and mean as any men you could meet.
他们的名字是农民 Boggis 农民Bunce和农民 Bean ”
Their names were Farmer Boggis, Farmer Bunce and Farmer Bean.”
And then in this chapter they go on to talk about these mean farmers.
And then you get to meet the main character who was a fox.
And this story is just fine and entertaining
and there are some great vocabulary words that will help you
to step by step improve.
This is the easiest book that I want to recommend today.
And what I recommend in general
if you think that this book could be interesting,
go to amazon.com
search for this book
and Amazon does a great job of giving recommendations.
So you will see people who like this book also like
and you can see some other books that are similar level,
maybe similar story and that way you can expand from just this one book.
Let’s take a look at the next one that’s a little bit harder.
The next book that I want to recommend is one that actually
some of my students, some of my English students are currently reading.
It is “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”.
This book is really clever.
It’s not too challenging but it’s good level up.
As you can see it’s a little bit thicker.
I’m going to read the first couple of sentences.
And I’ll let you it’ll let you see the style of writing.
The sentence structure maybe is a little more complex.
And let’s get started.
“It was 7 minutes after midnight.
The dog was lying on the grass
in the middle of the lawn
in front of Mrs. Shears’s house.
Its eyes were closed.
It looked as if it was running on its side,
the way dogs run when they think they are chasing a cat in a dream.
But the dog was not running or asleep.
The dog was dead.”
So in this book a child is telling the story.
And he’s trying to solve the mystery of
“The curious incident of the dog”.
There’s a dog that’s dead.
And he’s trying to solve this mystery.
It’s just a clever interesting light book.
There are also some pictures so the child who’s telling the story,
he also likes to explain things through pictures.
So this is something that he drew.
And it’s really a clever way to tell a story.
So this is my second recommendation, the next level up.
Let’s talk about another book.
The next book that I went to recommend is a little more challenging
but it’s similar to the dog story.
这是“一个年轻女孩的日记” Anne Frank
It is “The Diary of a Young Girl”, Anne Frank.
You’ve probably heard this, heard of this book and in the story
Anne Frank writes a diary about her life during World War II
when she’s hiding in an attic with her family
and they’re hiding from the Nazis.
It’s really just eye-opening to see that a young 13
14-year-old girl can write such beautiful words such deep thoughts.
And when I read this book,
it just touched me in a different way.
So I want to recommend it.
And like before I want to read a couple of sentences
so that you can see in English this style of her writing.
She says, “I hope I will be able to confide everything to you,
as I have never been able to confide in anyone,
and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.”
She’s writing a diary and she’s talking to the diary.
I hope that you, the diary, will give me comfort and support.
So she’s writing just such a clear powerful message in this book.
I recommend if you feel like this maybe it’s too thick for you,
there are a lot of shortened versions of her diary.
So feel free to check it out.
See if you have an English library in your area,
maybe an English section of your library.
Check it out of the library for free, like I did.
And that way you can try it.
Or go on Amazon and read a couple of pages.
Usually they let you see a couple of pages for free.
Check out a couple of pages,
and see if it would be a good level for you.
And it’s a good way to challenge English skills.
Let’s talk about the next book.
The next book is actually two books,
and kind of just a general idea, it is series of books.
So here we have
“Harry Potter” and “The Chronicles of Narnia”,
these are two different series.
These are actually my French versions of these books
that I have read to help me improve my French skills.
But I recommend if you enjoyed a series like this
“哈利波特” “纳尼亚传奇” 饥饿游戏“”
“Harry Potter”, “Narnia”, “Hunger Games”,
If you enjoy that in your native language
that’s excellent you already know the story.
The vocabulary is challenging but the general concepts aren’t too
too difficult too advance.
There’s not too many descriptions and this is a good place to start.
Reading something that you’ve already read
and going back and checking it out in English.
So these are just two examples but if there’s another series that you like,
go ahead and do the same thing with that.
The next books is I think one of the most challenging of the books
that I’ve mentioned so far.
This book is certainly not for children, it’s for adults.
And it is “The Kite Runner”.
This book is about modern-day Afghanistan
and it follows a young boy who living in the city
trying to figure out life
all of the good and bad things that happened to him
and his strength and just his journey.
There’s also a second book written by this author
It’s not a series but he wrote another book in the similar setting
called “A Thousand Splendid Suns”.
But this is the first book and the second one if you enjoy this one
you can read that one as well.
This book I’m going to read a couple of sentences at the beginning
just to show you his style of writing,
And sometimes it’s easier to see the words
一边听 更容易 而不仅仅是听
and hear them at the same time instead of just listening.
So if you feel it challenging to you to just listen
don’t worry go to Amazon
and check out a couple of pages try to read it yourself
and see if it’s a good fit.
Let’s read a couple of sentences.
Chapter 1December 2001
I became what I am today at the age of twelve
on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975.
I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall,
peeking into the alley near the frozen creek.
That was a long time ago,
but it’s wrong what they say about the past,
I’ve learned, about how you can bury it.
Because the past claws its way out.
Looking back now, I realize
I have been peeking into that deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.
The beautiful book certainly a little more challenging than the other ones
but if you feel comfortable with your reading skills
and you want something to just enjoy, read this book,
check out on Amazon of the recommend books that are similar
and you’ll be able to really expand your reading style.
The final book is the only nonfiction book that I’m recommending today.
Because I think it’s great to read fiction books
and get lost in the story in English.
This way you’ve kind of forgotten that you are studying language
You’re just in immersing yourself in English
but a lot of people enjoy reading nonfiction as well.
I certainly do. But there’s a lot of topics,
不同的话题 可能会引起你的兴趣 但我并不感兴趣
different topics, that might interest you that don’t interest me.
So I choose one book and I want to present it to you
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
This is extremely popular book
and it’s something that you can take chapter by chapter
and learn something from each chapter.
When you’re reading nonfiction I recommend taking some notes
because you’re supposed to learn something specific in each chapter.
If you want to learn how to win friends and influence people
you’re going to want to remember each of his tips.
So when you read nonfiction take a notebook
and after each chapter write some things that you learned or that he said.
I’d like to read you a couple of sentences from this book.
Even though it’s nonfiction he tells a lot of stories
to make it easier to read.
These are usually true stories from his life from things that happened in the world.
And they give good concrete examples for what he’s about to talk about.
So let’s start with chapter 1.
And I’m going to read just a couple of sentences.Chapter 1
“If You Want to Gather Honey, Don’t Kick Over the Beehive”
“On May 7, 1931,
the most sensational manhunt New York City had ever known
had come to its climax.
After weeks of search, “Two Gun” Crowley — the killer,
the gunman who didn’t smoke or drink — was at bay,
trapped in his sweetheart’s apartment on West End Avenue.
Um.So here you can see he’s about to tell an interesting story
about a killer, trying to find the killer
but he’s going to use this story to explain something broader
another idea to help you win friends and influence people.
I hope these six books have been useful to you
and helped you to find a starting place for reading in English.
Like I’ve mentioned throughout this video, go to amazon.com
and search for one or more of these books
or another book that you like.
You can check out the recommended books that are similar.
And that way you can see other options.
And also I’d like to share a lot more books with you
that I love to read, so please click on the blog post
below this video or at the end of the video
so that you can check out other recommendations.
And now I have a question for you.Do you like to read?
Or do you like to read in English?
and what books do you recommend?
Let’s learn from each other suggestions.
Thanks so much for learning with me
and I’ll see you next the time.Bye.
嗨 我是Vanessa 来自speakenglishwithvanessa.com