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  • Aww yeah! What's going on? I'm Ethanyour RealLife English Fluency Coach  

  • and in today's lesson we're going  to look at one of the best ways  

  • to improve your English vocabulary. And that of course is through reading, alright

  • So we're going to look at a bunch of different  books that go from intermediate to advanced level  

  • and cover all sorts of genres. So pretty much anyone who's watching  

  • this will be able to find something  that you're really going to love.

  • Now we won't be looking at any children's  books, because I don't tend to recommend  

  • these to English learners as they'll have kind  of strange obscure vocabulary which isn't so  

  • practical for your actual English use. So we'll get right into the list  

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  • Alright, so the first one that we're  going to look at is an American classic

  • I actually had to read it when I was in high  school and I have to tell you it was one of my  

  • favorite reading assignments during that time. Now this one is more advanced, it's actually  

  • satirical like many of Vonnegut's books  and that basically means that it uses  

  • humor in order to criticize. Now, it's about some of the  

  • atrocities during World War II and it takes into  account some of Vonnegut's own personal experience  

  • in that war and it also ties in some aspects  of science fiction like aliens and time travel

  • And because of the satirical nature of this book,  I actually found myself laughing out loud during  

  • certain moments which is kind of a way that he  breaks some of the deeper parts of this book

  • Now, it has some more controversial  language in it which actually got  

  • it banned in some schools and  libraries when it first came out,  

  • but now it's considered an American  classic that many people like me  

  • will actually read while they're in high school. So I highly recommend that you either check out  

  • Slaughterhouse 5 or any other book  by this legendary American author

  • So the first one we looked at was an  American classic and this one that  

  • you've probably heard of is a British classic. Now this is really great for intermediate learners  

  • because it includes novels and short stories. And short stories because they're shorter,  

  • if you're actually trying to kind of like study it  and learn from it then you'll find this much more  

  • accessible than something that's really long. And what's great about a mystery like this  

  • one is that it'll keep you curious  to find out what is the solution  

  • to the mystery that they're trying to solve. So you'll be wanting to keep reading  

  • even late into the night. Now, a really great way that you could learn  

  • with this would even be combining it by watching  the incredible series from the BBC starring  

  • Benedict Cumberbatch and you can watch that at  the same time or maybe after you finish the books

  • So I highly recommend that you check this out. Sorry. Which was it Afghanistan or Irak

  • All right! So our next one is  another more advanced book

  • Now this one is a fictional story  that takes place in Afghanistan,  

  • and when I read it the USA was actually at war  in Afghanistan and I found it really interesting  

  • to learn some aspects of that culture. Especially because it was in contrast  

  • to what was being said in the media a lot. Now this is a book about friendship, betrayal  

  • and redemption, and it includes some  really graphic and powerful scenes,  

  • so it's definitely not for the faint of heart. But if you're looking for a book that will  

  • have a big impact on you then I highly  recommend that you give this one a read

  • All right! If you're like me, maybe you don't  have a lot of time to sit down and read,  

  • so a really great solution for this  is actually listening to audiobooks

  • I love doing this every morning while I'm  making my breakfast and kind of getting ready  

  • for the day and it's a really convenient  way to kill two birds with one stone.  

  • Especially for you as an English learner, you  can actually listen to the audiobook and read  

  • at the same time and this would be a way that  you can not only improve your vocabulary in  

  • your reading, but also improve your  listening and your pronunciation

  • And another exercise I highly recommend to  my students is actually recording yourself  

  • reading and then listening back to  it and comparing it to the original

  • It's gonna be a really great way to  get some speaking practice in as well

  • So you can try any of these books on today's list  as audiobooks absolutely free with Audible by  

  • clicking the link down in the description below. You'll actually be able to get a free  

  • 30-day trial and two audiobooks for free. So I highly recommend that you try that out  

  • because this could be a super convenient way to  improve your English, listening and your reading

  • Alright, so our next one is definitely advanced  and I was split whether or not to actually include  

  • something from this author. But the reason that I did  

  • is because Shakespeare had such a huge  impact on English as it's spoken today

  • In fact, he invented over 1700 words  that are still used in modern English

  • Now, as I said this is very difficult to read even  for natives but it's really for any of you who  

  • love literature and you really want to  see English at its highest expression of  

  • use. Now, of course this won't be so practical  vocabulary for your everyday English speaking,  

  • but of course a lot of the other books in  this list will be more along those lines

  • Now, the reason that I chose Romeo and Juliet for  this list is because you probably already know the  

  • story and that's going to help you a lot in your  understanding of it. Now, a hack that you could  

  • do, sort of a little trick that even natives  will do when they're studying this in school,  

  • is to buy the No Fear version. Now, basically what this is it's  

  • the original play but on one page it'll have the  original text and then on the next page it will  

  • have kind of a translation to more modern English. So this can be a really great way that you can  

  • kind of see this beautiful use of the  language and then directly understand  

  • it through a more clear explanation in  modern English that you're learning

  • Or another thing that you could do, if you really  want to just challenge yourself with that original  

  • text, is just buy the Cliff Notes which kind  of give you the academic explanations of what  

  • different things mean, so that you can read and  then you can kind of take those to really see if  

  • you're understanding everything that you read. Finally, after you finished reading you could  

  • go ahead and watch the famous  film starring Leonardo DiCaprio

  • All right! Let's take a look at another advanced  one, that's going to give you another view  

  • of English used in a really beautiful way. You know, probably the highest expression  

  • of any language can really be through poetry. And a really great thing about it is  

  • that poems can be really short. They can be even just a few phrases  

  • but you can spend hours reflecting on them. So one thing I might recommend to you if you  

  • like poetry is just try reading  one poem in English per day

  • Now the reason I chose this one is  because Maya Angelou is revered as  

  • one of the best American poets. Actually her poem “I know why the  

  • caged bird singsmade a huge impact on  me when I had to study it in high school

  • A free bird leaps on the back of the windand floats downstream till the currents end,  

  • and dips his wings in the orange  sun rays and dare to claim the sky

  • But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage  can seldom see through his bars of rage  

  • his wings are clipped and his feet are  tied so he opens his throat to sing

  • The free bird thinks of another breeze and  the trade winds soft through the sighing trees  

  • and the fat worms waiting on the dawn  bright lawn and he names the sky his own

  • But a caged bird stands on the grave  of dreams and his shadow shouts  

  • on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and  his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

  • The caged bird sings with a fearful trill  of things unknown but longed for still  

  • and his tune is heard on the distant hill  for the caged bird things of freedom

  • Now the history of African Americans in  the country is really truly fascinating,  

  • but it's something that not many learners  are actually in touch with or even aware of

  • Kind of a darker part of American history

  • So Maya Angelou's writing is a really great  way to kind of get some insight into this

  • All right! So let's move over to  something a little bit lighter

  • Now this intermediate book, I actually  just read this year and it's absolutely  

  • hilarious. So it mixes aspects of humor  and self-development in a fictional story

  • So it's a story about a poor young boy who grows  up to become a rich and successful businessman  

  • in rising Asia, which basically just  means that it's some city in Asia within  

  • an economy that is quickly developing. Now I actually was laughing out loud  

  • at times reading this one, guys. So I really think that you'll enjoy  

  • it. It's a quick read and it's really great if  you enjoy reading books about self-development  

  • but want something that's a bit lighter  that you could even read before bed.  

  • And if you do enjoy self-development booksthen I highly recommend that you check out  

  • this lesson I recently made giving you six books  that will change your English and your life

  • So you can find that by clicking up  here or down the description below

  • Alright! So next on our list, we  have another intermediate read

  • I actually listened to the audiobook of  this, which is really wonderfully narrated,  

  • on a trip to Brazil and it made it fly by. Now this is a young adult book technically,  

  • but I highly recommended it to all  of my students because Neil Gaiman  

  • is just such a beautiful writer. So I think that any adult really  

  • could enjoy this captivating story. Now, it's about a boy whose family is  

  • murdered and he somehow ends up in a graveyard  where the ghosts who live there raise him

  • So we kind of see his adventures  growing up in this graveyard

  • So it's light, it's enjoyable and you'll  learn some really great vocabulary

  • So if you love books about adventure and I highly  recommend that you give this one a read or listen

  • And another way that you can really take  your English vocabulary to the next level,  

  • which is obviously going to also help  you to read some of your favorite books,  

  • is with our free three-part masterclass! So I highly recommend that you check that  

  • out! You're going to have a ton of fun. You can learn more and sign up by clicking  

  • up here or down in the description belowAll right, so this is another advanced one  

  • and it's actually the only book on this  that is not actually a native English book  

  • but it has a really great translation. Now it's from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho  

  • and it's on this list because it  could really make a huge impact on you  

  • and also I recommend it because it was the  first ever book that I read in Portuguese

  • Now it's about a man who goes onjourney searching for a treasure,  

  • but really the real treasure are the  lessons that he learns along the way

  • Now another book that I almost added to this  list, but I didn't include because it's quite  

  • similar to this, is called Siddhartha. So it's another really great read  

  • because it includes a lot of great lessons for  your life. So I highly recommend that you pick  

  • up and read either of these if you want something  that you're not only going to highly enjoy reading  

  • but they can also help you to change your life. Alright, we are down to the last two  

  • which may or may not surprise you. So the second to last one is Harry Potter

  • Now many of you, I know will have already  read this, but it could be really great  

  • for you to reread it again in English. Now depending on which book you pick up, these  

  • could be from intermediate to advanced, and assaid, they're really great for language learners

  • This was actually the first book  that I read in Spanish and German

  • I've heard that you learned, basically, how to  speak English from Harry Potter, is that correct?  

  • Yes. My uncle taught me to read and to speak  at the same time with the Harry Potter books

  • So is that mean that maybe some of your first  English that you could speak was spell-based

  • Yes. I was such an annoying child, I likegod  bless my parentsit means that I was either  

  • casting spells continuously or using  very annoying words. Like I was such a  

  • precocious annoying little kid, it's like  “Mummy, I clean the dishes meticulously” 

  • Now young adult book series like this are really  fantastic because the author tends to develop them  

  • as the audience does, which means that kind of  as you go on reading the first couple books you  

  • might find really easy but then as you go  on, they become more and more difficult

  • So if you're right now at an intermediate level  and you start with the first book, kind of as  

  • you're going by reading more and more books your  English will be progressing as you get further in  

  • the story and they become more difficult. And something really great you could do  

  • is actually combine reading the  books with watching the movies

  • So a great place for you to start is actually  with this recent lesson that Andrea made,  

  • where she teaches you with the first book which  is called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone,  

  • if you read it in the USA, or Harry Potter and  the philosopher's stone, if you read it in the UK

  • So you can check that out by clicking  up here or down the description below

  • But if you've already read Harry Potter  and you want to read something similar  

  • but new instead, then I highly recommend  the series called The tales of the Otori

  • Now I absolutely love Japanese culture. I grew  up watching anime and playing Nintendo games,  

  • and this one takes place in feudal  Japan but it's a fictional story

  • So I highly recommend that you check that one  out as well, if you want another really great  

  • series that might remind you a little bit of  Harry Potter because it's also coming of age

  • But that is not the last book series  on this list the last one is actually

  • Hunger Games. So this one is number  one and it's an intermediate read

  • The reason that I placed it before Harry Potter is  actually because I find it a bit more accessible

  • It's only three books instead of seven, andthink that it's a really easy and fast read.  

  • Now as always when learning English, the most  important thing is to keep it fun and this is  

  • definitely true of the hunger games. It's actually the only book that I  

  • personally have ever read in less than 24 hours. I remember I was reading it at night and I looked  

  • over the clock and it was already 3 am and I was  almost finished with it and I just kept on going

  • So as I mentioned, this one is a quick  read you can learn so much from it and  

  • we also have a lesson with the movies  if you want to learn with that as well

  • Alright! I hope you really enjoyed today's list. Now quickly before you go, I want to just give  

  • you a couple of tips that will  help you with your reading

  • So first off, I recommend that you always  choose books that are aligned with what you  

  • already love reading in your native language. In fact, you could choose a book that you've  

  • already read in your native language and  read the translation of it in English

  • Now this is really great because it's easier  to understand when you already know this story

  • Now if you want some more tips on how to  improve your reading, then all you have  

  • to do is give this video a like to let me  know and I will create that video for you

  • And if there's any books that you think that  I missed or that you absolutely loved reading  

  • English, then comment that down below so you  can help other learners from around the world,  

  • who love reading just as much as you  do, to discover their next great book

  • Now it's time to go beyond the  classroom and live your English

Aww yeah! What's going on? I'm Ethanyour RealLife English Fluency Coach  

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