6 Books for Improving Your English: Advanced English Lesson

6 Books for Improving Your English: Advanced English Lesson


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. Personally, I’m a big fan of reading. 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 overall knowledge of English. 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. 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. In the description below this video, you can
click on the link to see a lot of other recommendations. Also, at the end of this video, I’ll 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. 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 kid’s books. 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 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 owner 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. Their names were Farmer Boggis, Farmer Bunce
and Farmer Bean.” Then in this chapter, they go on to talk about
these mean farmers and then you get to meet the main character who was fox. This story is just fun 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’ll see people who like this book, also like. You can see some other books that are as 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 a good
level up. As you can see, it’s a little bit thicker. I’m going to read the first couple sentences
and it will let you see the style of writing, the sentence structure maybe is a little more
complex, and let’s get started. “It was seven 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’re chasing a cat in a dream. But the dog was not running or asleep. The dog was dead.” 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. This is something that he drew and it’s a
really clever way to tell a story. This is my second recommendation. The next level up, let’s talk about another
book. The next book that I want to recommend is
a little more challenging, but it’s similar to the dog story, it is The Diary of a Young
Girl, Anne Frank. You’ve probably heard of this book. In this 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. when I read this book, it just touched me
in a different way, so I wanted to recommend it. Like before, I want to read a couple sentences
so that you can see in English the 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. 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. She’s writing just such a clear, powerful
message in this book. I recommend it. If you feel like this may be is 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 pages. Usually, they let you see a couple pages for
free. Check out a couple pages and see if it would
be a good level for you and a good way to challenge your English skills. Let’s talk about the next book. The next book is actually two books. Kind of just a general idea, it is series
of books. 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. I recommend if you enjoyed a series like this,
Harry Potter, Narnia, Hunger Games, if you enjoyed that in your native language, that’s
excellent. You already know the story. The vocabulary is challenging, but the general
concepts aren’t too difficult, too advanced. 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. 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 book 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 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. The second one, if you enjoy this one, you
can read that one as well. This book, I’m going to read a couple sentences
at the beginning just to show you his style of writing. Sometimes, it’s easier to see the words and
hear them at the same time instead of just listening. If it feels challenging to you to just listen,
don’t worry. Go to Amazon. Check out a couple pages. Try to read it yourself and see if it’s a
good fit. Let’s read a couple sentences. Chapter one, December 2001. “I became what I am today at the age of 12
on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment crouching behind
a crumbled 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 realized I have been peeking
into that deserted alley for the last 26 years.” It’s a 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. Checkout on Amazon of the recommended 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 a story in English. This way, you’ve kind of forgotten that you’re
studying language. You’re just immersing yourself in English,
but a lot of people enjoy reading nonfiction as well. I certainly do, but there’s a lot of topics,
different topics that might interest you that don’t interest me. I chose one book and I wanted to present it
to you. How to Win Friends and Influence People by
Dale Carnegie. This is an 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. 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 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. Let’s start with chapter one, and I’m going
to read just a couple sentences. Chapter one. “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.” Here, you can see he’s about to tell an interesting
story about a killer. Trying to find a 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 that 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. 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. Now, I have a question for you. Do you like to read or do you like to read
in English? What books do you recommend? Let’s learn from each other’s suggestions. Thanks so much for learning with me and I’ll
see you the next time. Bye.

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  1. Just a bit of constructive criticism –speaking speed is way too fast if you are targeting English Language learners. I'd recommend slowing things down by 20-30%. Speaking from experience … I have been an ESL instructor for 20+ years. Content is excellent. Just needs to be a bit more accessible.

  2. Could be cool if you make English audiobooks, your English is really good, I’m like in the medium level, but i think if I read it’s ok but, I can’t improve my pronunciation, just my vocabulary, excellent videos!

  3. You look genuine and happy and thats what attracted me i am now a fun of you. Thanks for sharing your insight and motivating experience

  4. I'd like to recommend the Rick Riordan's books. I simply love all of his series. He has a clever way to write that I adore.

  5. i got a question if u finished Harry Potter for 1 week can u get little more better cause I'm almost going to school I only have 6 days and I still need to finish it

  6. Well done I've read the women who disappeared I really enjoyed it anyway I really like to read books but I'm so lazy so what can you help me to improve my English thanks lovely

  7. Hi , I need to know which dictionary too is the most you recommended so I can find that one , because I need a good dictionary

  8. HI MSS OR MRS, BANANZA. I AM SORRY I CCAN NOT READ AT ALL. I AM BLIND SO BAD CANT SEE ANY THINGS CLEAR AT ALL IT HAPPEN TO ME FOR TWOYEARS AGO EFFECTED FROM SWEET BLOOD OR BLOOD SUGAR, THANKS FOR HELPING ME,I VERY APRECIATE IT,

  9. Some say you should not look the dictionary when you read a book. What do you think about that? What should ı do?

  10. I love the way you talk and expressions, Vanessa! Your pronuncation are so clear. It's help me so much to understanding what's your talking. I wanna be fluent in speaking and writing (sorry if there is some mistakes grammar). From you, I more understand what a native says. And from this video, makes me exciting to read English book. Thank you for your videos. It help us so much who wanna be advance in English. Keep it up! Greetings from Indonesia ❤️

  11. You shouldnt have recommended the diary of a girl its too complicated and so many characters and also not interesting.I get bored just after reading 10 pages.

  12. Hola Vanessa cómo estás no entiendo nada de lo que dices pero se que estás hablando inglés y lo hablas muy bien 👍. Felicidades y gracias por tener paciencia y tratar de enseñarnos. Gracias de verdad.

  13. I was surfing the web for help on my Cambridge Check Point Exams ( Its in two week pray for me). I was hoping for something Shakespeare like, and ended up watching a video for English newcomers. Guys please I need help, any suggestions?

  14. really i like Read but my languages English mudem mayba i not understand more words in this book how i improve my language

  15. One day I will be the master of the English language, I think it is very important to me that you have suggested very fine books, they are different in writing style and different types of the mood of telling the story. I want to express my own feelings and themes and ideas and many more which I want to finish within the short term. because of I want to deal with not only the way of writing and speaking but many ways to reach the people.

  16. I recomend for you read the books of Joseph Murph and Books of Richard Banbler, and more recomend Too Augusto Cury Bralian to riter ( escritor brasileiro) He's very good and more one Brasilian too is Paulo Coelho sensationale books. Now say for me hello hello Rogerio kkk. Thankfull

  17. I can't really finish reading a book because I get distracted or fall asleep.
    But I do well to download audio book apps that enable me listen to chapters of various books. This practically works for me.
    So I just finished "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnnett. It's an amazing book.
    And I got a notebook to write every new word or expressions I have learnt.

  18. Amazon?

    What shall we do with the drunken sailor

    What shall we do with the drunken sailor

    What shall we do with the drunken sailor early in the morning…

  19. Yes I do like read books of English and I stay Somalia country I can not get all the books I need but I hope Allah will help me everything I need and thanks my sister. For tell me these great books that I have never hear before now thanks alot

  20. What do you think about the book called "an American tragedy"? For which level is it? I've already ordered it, but I'm not really sure about can I read it or not. My level is low intermediate or intermediate (I hope so) ahah

  21. I came across your video one day and you were recommending a book called the curious incident of the dog in the night. I read it and wanted to read more of books you recommend as I quite enjoyed that one. Thank you very much and I am glad I came across your video. Such lovely talker you are.

  22. As a matter of fact I, m reading Mr. Follett,s books. It is a great improvement for my vocabulary and for grammar.

  23. My English communication is very bad. How can I make English Speaking better and how to get started and can any books help me with this? Would you please tell me?

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