If you’re attending an English school in Hawaii, or even in another state or country, you know how difficult it seems to grasp a second language. There are so many benefits and opportunities that make it worth the effort, but there are lots of simple things you can do to make it easier and more fun. One of those things is reading out loud – why?
It’s great for understanding the meaning of the words and pronunciation. For those whose native language isn’t English, it can be difficult to understand what you’re reading – especially when reading aloud. The focus is so much on the pronunciation of the words, the meaning gets lost. Reading out loud helps students realize the need to understand what they’re reading in a way that’s automatic, however it’s wonderful for diagnosing pronunciation issues particularly if you use a book and audio version of the book, or read out loud to a teacher or other person who is skilled in English.
Speaking of understanding, reading out loud can help you gain a deeper understanding of the language as you actually hear the words in your head as you read. It isn’t simply about understanding the word’s definition or context in which it’s used; it’s about sound, connotation, correct grammar, and more!
You can improve writing by reading aloud. When you write something in English or any language, it’s easy to overlook your own mistakes. Many professional writers have proof readers who “proof” their written works, simply because it’s natural to just skim over what you’ve written yourself. By actually reading what you have written out loud, you’re more likely to catch any spelling or grammar mistakes or even misuse of words, as you pay closer attention to each word.
For those who are learning the English language, reading out loud can be a great help in more ways than you could imagine.
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