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Updated: May 14


One of the best ways to learn vocabulary is reading. It does not mean you have to read a thick boring classic from a high school reading list. There are many different things that you can read. You can get started for example with blogs, recipes, or graded books. Think about what you are interested in. Perhaps, consider these questions:

1 What would I enjoy reading? (I don’t want to be bored.)

2 Isn’t it too difficult for me? (It needs to go smoothly.)

3 Isn’t it too easy? (I still need to come across new words.)

4 Isn’t it too long? (I don’t want to spend hours reading it because I need to do other things.)

5 Don’t I spend too much time looking up unknown words? (I want to remember new

words, but haven’t I highlighted too many of them?)

6 Am I still motivated to finish this read? (If it is too hard, I will be demotivated, I might

not finish it and might stop reading, which would be a pity.)

If you are not, think about a different level or genre. Maybe this could be a reason.

If you are, well done! Keep reading! Next time, try perhaps another level.

Think about the way you read and make it as natural as possible. You should not read just because it is helpful, but because you enjoy it. You definitely should not force yourself. Make it a nice routine when you can chill (after lunchtime, on Sunday morning, before you go to sleep etc.)

TIP 1: Talk about it with your friends and discuss the content and words. You can make it more memorable and help each other with learning English or another language.

TIP 2: If you still want to create a vocabulary list, you can work with the text and for example write down or look up only a certain number of new words per one page. Let’s say you will limit it to 5 new words per page.

REMEMBER! To understand the text, you do not need to know every single word. Context will help you with understanding too, so allow yourself to skip a few unknown words. You will see that you can live with that and still understand the main idea. In addition, you will read a bit faster and stay motivated.


If you start with reading and you are not sure with what you should start, check out GRADED READERS. There is an incredible range of titles, best-selling authors, and genres you can choose from.

There are several levels (usually 6 + starter). These levels have a different wordcount and keywords which increase with each level, so you are exposed gradually to more and more words.


Some websites help you look for a book based on your CEFR level. There are sections for children, teenagers, young readers, and adults, which you can explore and select a proper read. In the picture below you can see examples of 3 levels, which are marked with numbers and colours. That can help you choose as well.

Buying the books:

You can get books as a paperback or an e-book, sometimes there is an MP3 format available too, so you can alternatively read and listen. Some of the books have extra tasks before and after reading to help you with understanding.


You can listen to stories even on Spotify:

Where can you buy GRADED READERS?

TIP 3: If there is a bookshop near your place, go and have a look yourself. You either choose one there or buy one online. They can be cheaper online though so just have that in mind.

Leave a comment what your experience with reading is. Do you like graded readers?


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