Vocabulary Building by Graded Readers

One of the best ways to build your vocabulary is reading. Not only your reading skills are developed by reading, but all 4 basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and even listening.
However, it is a hard job for a language learner to understand a book written for native speakers.
This is why graded readers have been found out: these books are specially designed for esl, efl learners: the idea is that they are graded according to the level of grammar and vocabulary used in them, so that every learner can find books to his or her own level. They are designed to get students read, so there is a variety of motivating topics available. It's good to know that most libraries have them, in case you do not want to spend too much on them.

What level to choose?
It is important that you should read easily. If the book is too difficult for you, you'll give up. It doesn't matter if it is too easy - you can move on to a higher level next time. Here's an example of an easy one (Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg):


You can check your local library for them or you can as well go to my EFL store at Amazon to buy some. (See sidebar, too.) In the store you will find graded raeders grouped as Easy, Intermediate or Advanced. The first items of each group are the easier ones. You can even look into most of them to see how difficult they are.

Start reading and have fun!

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