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What books should I read to improve my English

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http://www.engvid.com/ As a teacher, one of the most common questions I receive from students is "What books should I read to improve my English?" In this video, I give a couple of suggestions that you can purchase or find for free online! This video also includes 10 vocabulary words which are featured in the books I mention. After watching the video and completing the quiz, check out the following websites for more information: • List of books and authors in public domain: http://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/public-domain • Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Imagination-Penguin-Readers-Edition/dp/1405862548/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1378173927&sr=8-5&keywords=tales+of+mystery+and+imagination+penguin+readers • Sherlock Holmes Short Stories on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sherlock-Stories-Penguin-Readers-Edition/dp/1405865237/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1378174011&sr=8-4&keywords=sherlock+holmes+short+stories+penguin+readers • Penguin Readers homepage: http://www.penguinreaders.com/ And don't forget to take the quiz: http://www.engvid.com/books-to-improve-english/
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abbass yassen (3 days ago)
I'd like to improve my English through the skape or whatspp if you have interest to talk I'm ready
Antonio D. Espejo (7 days ago)
Great recommendation, Alex! I used to read Allan Poe in Spanish. So, it's pretty good idea to read it in its original language. Thanks for that.
Any time! I'm glad you liked the video.
Dude D (19 days ago)
search @ki_vii on instagram lot of free books for download and offline reading
It`s a pity actually if someone is not familiar with the name Conan Doyle
There are probably quite a few people who aren't familiar with the name. It's definitely a pity!
Vikrant Dwivedi (26 days ago)
Can you please recommend some books for beginner speaker.
he speaks clearly and explains very well
I'm glad you liked the lesson.
subhas nisarta (29 days ago)
I like penguin readers and I have some cartoon books of R.K.laxman for the common man.I also like the cartoon of Bal thakare from Maharastra Mumbai.
pasha11132 (1 month ago)
Hello. I know English bad. But not bad read. I do not understand what I'm reading, but I feel that reading helps me.Advise me please books in simple English, books with simple everyday dialogues but not boring. Thank you.
Hi Pasha, for beginners, children's books are probably best. Search for "The Giving Tree." If you want a novel, search for "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It's a great adventure story with simple English.
Jacob Saturday (1 month ago)
Thanks you can make me confident in english and i can understand what you say about what you teach to me
That's fantastic to hear, Jacob. Good luck with your studies.
chrislyn pueblas (1 month ago)
thanks for the nice
Amaury Aracena (1 month ago)
Very interesting video, anyway, it could help better if you always include the "International Phonetic Alphabet" in each pronunciation.
I'm going to try to do this in the future. Thanks, Amaury.
zodiatube (1 month ago)
When the earth converts to it's final form, and proceeds with the process of absorbing our cellular matter, I feel like it is your face that'll be the last one dissolved into the crust, before the great silence in the absentee of humanity.
I'm not sure how to take this. I think I'll choose to take it as a compliment.
SCR - شروحآت (2 months ago)
I am an Arab boy and I learn English , its very beautiful language
"I'm learning English. It's a very beautiful language." Keep it up!
Choayo Choa (2 months ago)
Very interesting video ...thank you very very much!!!..
My pleasure. :) Thanks for studying with me.
MH Perio (2 months ago)
Its great teacher...im from malaysia..my english has a problem...link u have given its free or not...can i read on the line only without payment....amazon...in not sure😊
Silvia Turco Liveri (2 months ago)
What about Alice in wonderland (the original version)? I think it's greet to improve in English, isn't it?
It's a really fun and twisted book, but it's not for everyone. But I guess neither is Poe!
محمد الهلال (2 months ago)
good luck
Thank you.
Natanail Daniali Chamaki (2 months ago)
I read The Bible
Azzouz Kamel (2 months ago)
Good advices. Interesting video. Thanks a lot. Hope a good luck
Thamsanqa Gamede (2 months ago)
again thanks a lot Alex you've helped a lot with the books and Vocabulary ,but horror books disturb me ,I'm more in to comedy and other funny stuff so where can I get such books ?
Hmm, you might enjoy something like David Sedaris. I recommend checking out the book called "Naked." :)
ajay rawat (2 months ago)
How can we strangers talk in English together?
Hi ajay, there are some pretty good apps and sites out there that help people to talk with others. Check out tandem.net for one of these.
Aman Arab (2 months ago)
Thank you so much teacher! <3
Thanks for everything 😍
You're welcome. I'm always happy to see people giving feedback on this video, especially since I love reading as much as I do.
Ana Minerva (3 months ago)
your voice is very calming
Thanks, Ana. I hope that's a good thing! I'd rather be calming than boring. :)
hamid ibrahim (3 months ago)
thank you so much teacher I learn more of you
"I'm learning a lot from you." :) You're welcome, hamid. Thank you for studying with me and with EngVid.
Nidhi Agnihotri (3 months ago)
fb pe kya I'd h aap ki please tell me
to dear Alex, re: penguin and oxf book worm. Have u ever read the red dead I did, but I quite didn' understand what was going. I get lost I learnt only pple died bcause of breeding. Was there a ghost or it just a kind of deasease. and how pple died. It seemed like autumn fall. pls. share n discuss. thanks.
huey en ooi (3 months ago)
ศัลศนี วรรณประเสริฐ The masque of red death? It's about scarlet fever, which was a widespread disease at the time Poe wrote this short story (scarlet = red)
Anderson Vaz (4 months ago)
Great, I knew it was from Poe! haha
Nice! He's one of the best ever.
Yahya Hassan (4 months ago)
thank you very much Mr Alex that is very useful for me .can i cantact you
Hi Yahya, I'm glad you enjoyed the video. I do my best to answer questions on my YouTube channel, as well as on my Facebook and Twitter pages, which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/AlexEnglishVid/ https://twitter.com/AlexEngVid I do not currently offer private lessons, but I try to stay in touch with as many students as I can through comments and occasional private messages.
Hi dear, i like your video because you give us the definition's words :) thank you
My pleasure, David! Thanks for watching and for your feedback.
Shashank D (4 months ago)
I feel quite disturbed when I think how immense the English vocabulary can get. I tremble when I have to speak in English though I have thoroughly practiced my lines. I wish there was someone I could consult, who would show mercy on me and help me out of my miserable condition.
Great job! :D
Tarun Manglam (4 months ago)
how much is this for?
You mean the cost of the books? You can get most of them for around $10 or less.
kiss0009 (4 months ago)
there is the word Lenore in the poem The raven by Allan Poe. What does Lenore mean? What is origin of Lenore? Is it name?
Yes, Lenore is the name of the narrator's past love.
alli bedr (4 months ago)
Any time. Thanks for your support.
Evan Sanchez (4 months ago)
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Rick Sanchez (5 months ago)
Tell tale heart! Bitches!!!
An all-time classic.
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Paulo Silva (5 months ago)
Great video teacher, thanks a lot!!
You're very welcome. Thanks for checking out the video.
muhammad alias (5 months ago)
Dear Sir please tell me that how can i write best essays?
Wojciech Imielski (5 months ago)
It's really nice to listen to that... You are able to speak so clearly and understably for foreigners. I wish every english speaking man would speak like you. Keep on running, man, and many thanks!
No problem. Thanks for your kind feedback, and good luck with all of your studies!
muhammad alias (5 months ago)
your videos are very helpful for everyone.
Thanks, muhammad. That's very kind of you to say.
muhammad alias (5 months ago)
Thank you for reply.Dear sir, my english is very weak.it is very difficult to write essay for me.Thank you very much
muhammad alias (5 months ago)
i am from pakistan
Hello! Thank you for your support. :) Greetings from Canada.
Luna Azul (5 months ago)
Nooooo Sherlock is hard
It totally is. The graded reader edition isn't nearly as bad, though.
ayã youtā (5 months ago)
perfect teacher carry on all the best 💪💓💓💓💓
Thank you so much. I'll keep carrying on. :)
Zedan Mardi (5 months ago)
I love ur speaking style
Thanks! That's kind of you to say.
prashant vicky (5 months ago)
I read books as well as watch YouTube videos with subtitles to improve my English... Your video did help me...
That's fantastic to hear!
You Can Read It! (5 months ago)
Thank you very much for this video, it was very helpful.
That's great to hear!
Ayhan Yurtseven (5 months ago)
Thanks a lot from Ordu, Turkey. We owe you a lot for what you've been doing here in engvid.
It's my pleasure. Thanks for studying with me, Ayhan.
Лук Ойл (6 months ago)
One can read and reread sherlock holmes adventures handred tims but don't speak english. I'm an example. Reading english books about 10 ears. There is not a word I coudn't understand. But still not among happy english speakers.
Лук Ойл (6 months ago)
+English Lessons with Alex (engVid AlexESLvid) Dear Alex, what are you do is excellent. But reading books wethout beeng in langwige invironment is dead end. It will lead you nowhere. Ten ears and one book every week is no little experience belive me. Best way to study langwige is to be cut of from your own kind. I think best plase to study english is english prison. One ear not big time. For example one flies to London, gives kik to customs oficer. Gets one ear impisontmen and after will possess exeptionally good and usefull english. Have a good day.
Books will certainly improve your vocabulary, but in terms of speaking, that takes longer. It's hard if you don't have people to speak to.
Hrithik Rana (6 months ago)
Alex looks like that guy who played Augustus Waters in ' The fault in our stars'
Haha. Thanks! I think he's much skinnier than I am, though.
Kim Aabidi (6 months ago)
1.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 like.
Maybe one day. In the year 3037.
anas ali (6 months ago)
best collections of books http://bit.ly/2hyY6Ja
aadil Ali (7 months ago)
Hello Alex how are U I hope to be good ,When can I speak with U?
Hi aadil, I do my best to respond to comments, but I unfortunately don't have much time for private conversations online.
Casey Douglas (7 months ago)
Armageddon is coming!
Aisha Bougoussa (7 months ago)
I like your English videos
Thanks for watching them, Aisha!
Ch R (7 months ago)
I din't know your canal! you're amazing :). Thank you <3
My pleasure! Welcome to the channel and thanks for checking it out!
chun li sun (7 months ago)
great video.Thank you so much
Any time. Thanks for checking it out.
Zatoichiable (7 months ago)
Learning more vocabulary is number one priority. you wont understand unless you know the meaning of words. Learning 10 new words a day would be great.
It would be! It's hard to keep up with, though.
sal Loving (7 months ago)
Edgar Alan poe's books are a big time wasting !
Andy (7 months ago)
very nice video, thanks
Any time! Thanks for watching, Andy. :)
Shaji K (7 months ago)
I realy like Holmes
Same here. I've read all of the stories.
Andrea Patricia Crowley (8 months ago)
My English is allright if i needed to improve it i watch the news or the newspapers.
Sara 123 (8 months ago)
My speaking isn't so bad but i can hardly understand native British people sometimes it's soooo embarrassing.what can i do
Jakhir Huda (8 months ago)
nice work ..
Muhammad Mubashirullah (8 months ago)
God, a 3 minute video would be nicer.
uchiha suske (8 months ago)
yeah i was thinking of books to read to umprove my english?
Karla Canahuati Raudales (8 months ago)
I really like this video.
Alex Volynskyi (8 months ago)
Excuse me Alex, I leave link for russian students: http://paragraph77.net/ it's the adapted books.
Houda OB (8 months ago)
Hello Mister Alex. This is my first video with you, and I'm so glad of learning English in your channel ! You're such a talented smart teacher. Thanks a lot !
Federico Bloch (8 months ago)
Great video!!!
Kristin Dean (8 months ago)
I've just started to read Wuthering heights. It is quite challenging experience for me. The Joseph's line is almost unreadable, I barely can understand what he is talking about. I'm not familiar with Yorkshire accent, what should I do? p.s. The song of Ice and fire (Game of Thrones 5 books) were really easy to read. But there weren't much to learn.
Julius Rizo Bonilla (8 months ago)
Hi Alex, congratulations m this topic for me it´s very important because If I wanna improve my english skills, read is crucial.
Aldo Latasoba (8 months ago)
Sir, i am from indonesia i new learn english since 3 months ago so i want to get in army national indonesia, i don't have much time for learning english i feel both confused and worry,please help me sir how i will speak fluenytly ebglish and now the grammar in english language , what is those book you reckomend for me is good to me and i will ubderstand then. Pleaseee
mazedul hoque (8 months ago)
Thank you Sir.
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شكرا لإضافة الترجمة العربية
M Oliveira (8 months ago)
Very good teacher! 🙌
Adel Majed (8 months ago)
Many thanks
SophiYah Yisrael (8 months ago)
Lol, I just read that story at the beginning "The Tell Tale Heart", it was good.
David Barrera (8 months ago)
You are a Blessed Crack !
عبدالله (8 months ago)
Thank you, what are the founding books of man and child to increase the linguistic queen from scratch
Mubarak Ainiah (9 months ago)
Thank you so much, what I should read if I am intermediate?
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malak098765 (9 months ago)
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Amrita Maya (9 months ago)
triêm triêm (9 months ago)
thank you! you teach so good
Bil Lik (9 months ago)
L1ght official (9 months ago)
Hello Alex, I have a question. How much time should I give to English?
Andy The Cat (9 months ago)
Your lessons are amazing!! Thank you so much !! Greetings from France :)

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