Best Books to Read - improve your English
18 February 2023
Best books to improve English
Are you someone who studied all your life in a medium of language that is not English? In India, people call these students - Tamil Medium, Hindi medium, Kannada medium, Telugu medium etc. If you studied all your subjects in your mother language (Except English, of course), it is natural for you feel overwhelmed when you try to speak in English. You can easily pick up speaking in English by developing few simple habits.
One most common challenge that fresh graduates we see the graduates we work with face is their fear of speaking, and especially speaking English. We the fresh graduate improves their English, we often see their public speaking generally improve as well. We have put together here a list of 10 books that beginners can start reading. If you are one those who studied in a non English medium and genuinely want to improve your English, just read any of these books to start with. You don't need to read all the books but start with something that you like. If you don't like the book after you started, stop reading it and start with another one.
Idea in Brief
By spending times that is a fraction of the time normally spent on social media every day, one can easily become fluent English speakers in just about 2 months.
Reading books is a great habit
Reading books in English is an excellent way for beginners to improve their language skills. Here are some of the best English books for beginners:
"The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss: "The Cat in the Hat" is a classic children's book that is perfect for beginners. The book is written in simple language, with easy-to-understand vocabulary and fun illustrations. It's a great way to improve your English skills while having fun.
"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White: "Charlotte's Web" is another children's book that is great for beginners. The story follows the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. The language is simple and the story is engaging, making it a great choice for anyone just starting to learn English.
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" is a beloved children's book that is perfect for beginners. The story follows the journey of a caterpillar as it eats its way through various foods before transforming into a butterfly. The language is simple and repetitive, making it easy to follow along.
"Animal Farm" by George Orwell: "Animal Farm" is another great book for beginners. The story is a political allegory that follows a group of farm animals as they revolt against their human farmer. The language is relatively simple, and the story is easy to follow. It's also a great way to learn about political concepts and improve your English skills at the same time.
"The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank "The Diary of a Young Girl" is a classic memoir that is perfect for beginners. The story follows the life of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl who lived in hiding during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The language is simple and straightforward, and the story is both engaging and heartbreaking.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
While "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a bit more advanced than the previous three books, it's still a great choice for beginners. The story follows the life of Scout Finch, a young girl growing up in the South during the 1930s. The language is a bit more complex, but the story is engaging and the characters are memorable.
"The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger "The Catcher in the Rye" is a classic coming-of-age novel that is great for beginners. The story follows the life of Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy who is struggling to find his place in the world. The language is relatively simple, and the story is engaging and relatable.
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien "The Hobbit" is a classic fantasy novel that is great for beginners. The story follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who sets out on an adventure with a group of dwarves. The language is a bit more complex than some of the other books on this list, but the story is engaging and the characters are memorable.
What it takes to become better at something
In general, as with everything we try to learn and master in life, speaking better English and proficiently like a native speaker, will all come down to your effort, commitment and how seriously you want to achieve. I have seen numerous fresh graduates complaining their college didn't help them speak better English, yet the graduate themselves would not spend 10 min a day to read anything in English (but would spend 45 min in one go watching social media shorts). Don't be one of them. Realize that you control your efforts. If you want to speak better English, start practicing. If confused about which book to pick, my personal suggestion would be Animal Farm". Good luck!