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I encourage all of my students to read books and other media at their level in English.  This is a research-based means of increasing your English language proficiency.  I have always provided my new students with a list of books that are interesting and engaging for adults, but at their current reading level in English, at the end of their first appointment.  This is an easy and enjoyable way to learn new vocabulary and improve your usage (when paired with speaking practice as well). 

I just found a product that is free that you can use with your tablet pc, laptop, or computer that allows you to pick an article in English on the web, or even a full e-book and click on a simple browser extension that allows you to click on words you don't know.  It will not only translate the words into English, but it will also save the words you do not know and quiz you on them each day until you have learned the new words. 

There are already articles saved on the  website for this browser extension in English as practice (the link is below).  I highly recommend this type of easy and fun language learning.  It is easy to do this daily.  I would also recommend that students summarize what they have read (spoken summarization) the day they read the article and the next day or so as well. 

The browser extension is called Readlang and is free, unless you want it to translate many phrases each day.  It will translate an unlimited number of words each day.


I am not a part of readlang, and for English learners, I cannot see how anyone would ever need the paid version. 

Since I am learning Spanish, I was wondering if a native Spanish speaker could recommend articles to me in Spanish that are written at about a 5th grade level, but that are interesting for adults to read.
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It's just amazing website.
Thanks Laurie.
So sad that they don't have vietnamese in first language list :(
You are all very welcome!

LInh, very sorry to hear that Vietnamese is not a part of the list.  They have many of the world's major languages.  That is a huge loss not to have Vietnamese.

I have put together a huge list of resources for English language learners at different levels here: http://forjapanesestudentsofenglish.wordpress.com/references/
Hi, Steve here. It's very nice to read comments like this from people that are finding Readlang useful!

Linh Nguyen - I've just added Vietnamese as an option for a first language, I'm adding new languages as people request them. Please let me know if it works well for you or not, I hope you enjoy it!
And now we know this program is very well supported!  Thanks, Steve!

A very powerful addition to Steve's program, if you have chosen an article at a good level for you (not too many new words!)  is to try to guess the meaning of the word first, not just by looking at the rest of the sentence, but by also looking at and learning the English word parts - prefixes, roots, and suffixes.  These help supercharge your English vocabulary as you learn more word parts.  I include some brief instruction in word parts with the new vocabulary words as a part of the beginning of each lesson for my students.  They begin to start automatically looking for the word parts in order to figure out the meaning of new words. 

There are a few word parts in English you probably already know:

What do these word parts mean:
At the beginning of the word?
1) Pre-
2) Re-
In the middle of the word?
3) sum
4) spect
At the end of the word?
5) -ing
6) -s
7) -er, -or
8) -tion

The more of these word parts you begin to learn as you encounter new vocabulary as you read, the faster your vocabulary will grow! 
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