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How to quickly learn to read the original in English


They say that there are no peaks that cannot be taken, but there are those that we do not want to take. Have you already decided to conquer the pinnacle of English - Advanced level? Great, then we will make sure that your path is uncomplicated and fun. In this article you will find 65 interesting and useful resources for studying English at a high level, and before that you will learn what a high level of knowledge means and what opportunities it opens for you.

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If you are studying a foreign language, then you will certainly want to try reading books in the original language. Reading in original in English- This is one of the simple opportunities to immerse yourself in the English language and culture, and if you do it right, you can significantly increase the level of language proficiency. The more you read, the more you know.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen, -The man who never reads lives only one.”

“The reader lives thousands of lives before he dies,” said Zojen, “A person who never reads lives only one life.”

In this article we will tell you why you need to read books in English, how to read them, and, of course, we will give list of the most useful literature for you in English. If you are just starting your studies, we advise you to read the article “How to quickly learn to read English?”, With which you quickly learn the rules of reading in English.

Why should I read in the original?

Reading original books is the best way to learn a language and immerse yourself in its atmosphere.

Many people think that if their level of English is not perfect, then there is no need to read books in the original. But this is not so.

For beginners, light texts in English and adapted literature are suitable. Many are confident that this literature is uninteresting and this is only a poor presentation of a work of art. In fact, in such books there are fewer complex words and phrases, and the plot is not lost anywhere and remains the same.

For intermediate and higher levels books of English and American classics will be useful. You can view the full list of recommended literature in the article "Books in English for intermediate level".

Reading in English increases vocabulary

You want to speak beautifully and easily and without constantly asking yourself the question “What word should I use here”?

The more words you know, the easier it will be for you to express yourself and express your thoughts, and you will feel comfortable in the company of native speakers. You can write out synonymous words, expressions, idioms in your dictionary.

Often, if you find it difficult to navigate and you cannot remember a word, then synonyms always come to the rescue. Also, synonyms are needed in order not to be repeated. For example, the expression 'I'm happy' can be translated not only as 'I am happy', but also 'I am pleased, satisfied, delighted'.

Reading improves spelling

Writing is as important as speaking. It is often difficult to remember how a word is spelled and here visual memory can help you. It happens that you do not even learn any word or do not know its translation, but write it correctly. Your brain prompted you because it recorded spelling information when you read the text in English.

Reading broadens the mind

E-books and blogs, news sites and social media feeds: reading in the twenty-first century has reached a new level. A single information space makes it possible to learn about what is happening in the most remote corners of the world, to join the world cultural and scientific heritage.

You can continue this list, but everyone must determine for themselves why does he want to read the original literature. Knowing a specific goal makes it easier to motivate yourself. The main thing is to make this lesson regular, interesting and choose a method for yourself that will help you facilitate reading.

Read aloud

The most common and effective method is reading out loud. Yes, we all remember how in childhood we all read aloud in order to better understand what was written. Reading aloud, you try to clearly pronounce the words, select the intonation and meaning of the words. Moreover, you better remember words when you see them. The more you see, the more you understand, especially if you relate to the visuals.

How to choose the right book?

The next step is to choose the right books. First, you can take the bilingual books that we wrote about earlier in the article “Bilingual Books: What It Is and How to Choose the Right Literature”.

When you no longer need parallel text, you can take books that you have already read in your native language. You will know the main idea of ​​the book will be easier to understand the text. You can take books that everyone has heard, for example, books about Harry Potter. If you understand the plot, you can easily master the vocabulary.

The uniqueness of “Harry Potter” is that, starting with the first short and simple book “The Philosopher's Stone”, you improve through all the stories and by the seventh book you are already reading about 600 pages of a complex plot.

The Hitch Hiker by Tim Viсary. Companion

If you are a fan of tickling your nerves with mysterious detective stories, then the story of Tim Vicari is just what you were looking for. Girl Sue, noticing a man on the road, decided to help him get to his destination. And what happened next and what is unusual in this story, you will find out for yourself. The language is simple, the work is short, but interesting and breathtaking.

Audrey Hepburn by Chris Rice. Audrey Hepburn

This is a biography of the legendary actress and Hollywood style icon of the 50-60s of the twentieth century. The text of the work is written in an understandable and easy way, so novice readers of English literature should not be very hard. The reader gets the opportunity to witness the ups and downs of this great woman. Her fate was complex and beautiful at the same time.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

How can you not like classical literature? "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is a work of all time, to this day it is read by both children and adults. The book is positioned as a book for children, but is it really so? The protagonists Tom and Hack are the embodiment of the "American dream" in their quest for freedom, justice and happiness.

Sherlock Holmes Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Tales of Sherlock Holmes

This adapted literature collection presents six short stories about the genius detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson. Great history, relevant for all time, will make you immerse yourself in secret investigations and complicated cases. The collection includes stories about the engineer and the mysterious loss of his finger, a strange case of two men with unusual names and detective cases of mysterious deaths.

Non-adapted English literature

In fact, there are a lot of books, choose to your taste and have fun. Here is a small list of authors recommended for reading in English.

AuthorTitle in the originalTitle in Russian
Ernest Hemingway“The Old Man and the Sea”,
“The Sun Also Rises”,
“The Farewell to Arms”
"The Old Man and the Sea",
"And the sun rises"
"A Farewell to Arms"
Lewis carroll“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”,
“Through the Looking-Glass”
"The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland",
"Alice in the Wonderland"
Jerome David Salinger“The Catcher in the Rye”"Over Abyss in the Rye"
Jane austen“Pride and Prejudice”,
“Sense and Sensibility”,
“Lady Susan”
"Pride and Prejudice",
"Feelings and Sensitivity",
Lady Susan

If you prefer contemporary literature, check out the following authors.

AuthorTitle in the originalTitle in Russian
Helen fielding“Bridget Jones’s Diary”,
“Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason”
The Bridget Jones Diary
"Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason"
Suzanne collins“The Hunger Games”"The Hunger Games"
Kathryn stockett“The Help”"Servant"

5 tips for beginners to read books in English

  • The most important advice - do not be lazy! Make it a rule to read 2 pages a day, and when you realize that it’s getting easier and easier, increase the number of pages.
  • Do not try to translate every word you do not understand! If you grasp the meaning of what you read, then this is enough.
  • Try to read the text out loud. This will help you to understand what you read, and so you can quickly remember unfamiliar words.
  • Use the audiobook in the first steps. As long as you are not sure about the pronunciation of a word, the audio text will serve you an excellent role and will also increase the level of your pronunciation!
  • Get yourself a dictionary where you will write out new words for you. Break it into blocks, for example: verbs, nouns, adjectives. Or on topics: everyday routine, friendship, etc.


The desire to be able to read English-language literature in the original is one of the reasons why many people are in a hurry to start learning English courses. An incredible amount of information is available so far only in English. If you strive for professional and personal growth, you simply do not have the right to deny yourself access to information in the original.

Remember that the more diligently you try to learn a language, the faster you will be able to speak beautifully and know it perfectly! We wish you a pleasant and productive reading!

John Fowles, "French Lieutenant's Mistress"

Anglo-Saxon epic poem, which takes place in Scandinavia before the resettlement of the Angles in Britain. Named after the main character. The text of 3182 lines in an alliterative verse was created at the beginning of the VIII century and is preserved in the only list of the XI century, which almost died during the fire of the library of Robert Cotton in 1731. This is the oldest epic poem of "barbarian" (Germanic) Europe, preserved in full.

Ulyam Langland, "Vision of Peter Pahar"

The author of The Vision of Peter Pajar is William Langland, an English writer and poet who lived in the fourteenth century.

The protagonist of the novel “Vision of Peter Pahar” is a man who went on a journey around the world. Once he came to the square on which the tall tower stood, and many people crowded around it: beggars, pilgrims, merchants, jesters. The protagonist listened to the teachings and began to pray for the ability to recognize lies and how to save the soul. A secret was revealed to him, which had been hidden from his eyes for many years, that good should be done in life, constantly, and then it would not be scary to stand trial.

Thomas Mallory, "The Death of Arthur"

The final work of the Arthurian cycle, a set of chivalric novels composed in the second third of the 15th century in the late Middle English by Thomas Mallory (a former knight who was sentenced to life imprisonment for robbery, violence and robbery). According to some versions, the first novel in English tradition in prose.

The Tale of King Arthur

The tale of the noble King Arthur, as he became emperor through the valor of his hands

The Glorious Tale of Sir Lancelot of the Lake

The Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney, nicknamed Bomain

Book of Sir Tristram of Lyons

The Tale of the Holy Grail

Book of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere

The deplorable tale of the death of Arthur the Selfless

Jeffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales

The work of the poet Jeffrey Chaucer, written at the end of the XIV century in the Middle English language, is not completed. It is a collection of 22 poetic and two prosaic short stories, united by a common frame: pilgrims telling stories, going to worship the relics of St. Thomas Becket in Canterbury and described in the author's prologue to the work.