I am a person who has always loved reading. For me, it is easy to get lost in a book and return to the world a couple of hours later having been on an adventure. As a 6-year-old, I could be found reading Harry Potter, an ambitious book for a 6-year-old but I enjoyed it all the same. Now, as a student, it is harder to find the time to read books for pleasure; however, I relish the summers where I have the time to read to my heart’s content. Growing up, it soon became apparent that spelling for me was not difficult and I had a wide vocabulary. This is something I credit to reading from such a young age.
My advice for you as English learners would be to read the books that you have often read in your native language in English. Reading, fiction especially, is a great way of improving your vocabulary and spelling without noticing as you are wrapped up in the storyline. For me, I have read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in French and am currently reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Spanish. This is a really effective way of being able to read in another language because I know the story so well in English, it is easy to follow the story in the target language even if I do not understand every word.
This is another essential point: it is not necessary to understand absolutely every word. If you understand the meaning of the sentence, each word is not necessarily important. Sometimes it is impossible to translate directly from one language to another. Quite often, if a word is used several times in a text, you can gain your own meaning from it and it makes much more sense than if you tried to translate it in the first place.
Give it a try. If you like reading you could be opening up a whole world of literature you never knew existed!
Do you like reading? What kinds of books do you enjoy?