Man, I really have to read this book and I just don't have the time.
Hi. James from engVid.
If you're like me, you have to read a lot of material.
If you are studying English or you're learning English, you probably don't like to read,
which is too bad, because reading is one of the fastest ways to improve...
Well, let's go to the board and find out.
As you can see, E is running very quickly, here.
And he's trying to read.
So, we're going to learn to read faster today, and I'm going to teach you how to read faster
with two different techniques, and I'm going to teach you...
You'll start to enjoy your reading.
So we'll go to the board and we'll talk about reading, why it's important, and what we can
do about it.
The first thing I want to talk about with reading: Reading helps to do a couple of things.
Number one, it helps you to learn new things.
When you read a book about philosophy, it teaches you about somebody's new idea or a
It gives you new vocabulary.
In fact, they say if you don't understand 90% of the material, you won't understand
it; but even just reading something, if you have a dictionary, will help you go and learn
new vocabulary to understand material, so it gives you new words; it gives you a better
or a wider way to speak.
It helps you to understand.
Sometimes when someone says something it's a little too fast, but then when you read
it, you have time to read it, go back, read it, go back, read it, and go: "I got it."
It gives you time to look at the picture; the mental picture or the written picture.
It gives you new ideas.
Remember you learn new things?
Well, when you start adding idea from this book, idea from that book, you get new ideas
of your own; you become more creative.
Your world becomes a richer place to live.
And, finally, because we're doing English, you learn how to speak a language.
What do you mean?
How do I learn to speak by reading?"
Well, for you people who are learning to speak a language-okay?-reading shows you the structure
that people use when they speak.
Reading shows you new vocabulary, or it shows you what we call the colloquial; the common
person's way of speaking.
You get all that from reading; how to say it, where to put the verb and the noun or
That's what it can do, and that's what's important to us.
Our reading is going to teach us how to speak, but also it's good to be able to read in a
country, because I often say: If you cannot read in a language, you're stupid.
And if you wonder what I mean, think about the guy who when you give a simple sentence,
like: "The cat went in the house", cannot read it and he reads it like: "The cat went
in", you go: "The guy's stupid."
Don't be stupid.
Don't be stupid in your language; don't be stupid in my language.
So today we're going to work on a process to help you with reading.
Now, as much as I said all these great things about reading, there are a couple of things
to be aware of, or...
Actually, I don't have to tell you.
You know, but I want you to know that I understand, so I'm putting it on the board so you know
what I'm going to teach you will help you overcome or help you solve that problem.
Problem: Reading takes a long time.
Well, in your own language it takes some time, but if you're learning another language, it
will always take you much longer to read because you have a problem of translating, or skipping
back and translating.
Translating, you know what I mean; you translate from the language you're looking at into your
own language to understand it, and then translate it back to that language - that's a lot of
And if you think about how long that takes, that's like two different trips, like: In,
out; in, out; in, out for every word.
That will take...
Something that takes four minutes to read - make you read it for 20 minutes.
And who wants to read one paragraph or five sentences, and it takes 10 minutes, and you
still don't understand it?
That's a problem.
Another problem: You don't remember what you read.
Do you remember when I said to you: "You're reading up and down"?
So I'm going to put...
Sorry, I'm going to put "problems", because it's not just a problem; it's problems.
Remember I said you translate, you go up and down, and back and forth, you keep going back?
Well, what happens is you forget what you read because there's too much information
to keep in your head.
So you read up here, you read five sentences, you read it, you go: "Okay, I got it."
You read another five sentences, and you go: "Oh, what were the first five?
Because without that five, I don't understand this other paragraph, and now I'm getting
So you forget what you're reading, which leads to: You don't understand what you read it.
You read it, you forget it, you don't understand - these are terrible problems.
So it's understandable why most people won't read a book if they're learning a new language.
They're like: "It's just way too much work for a little benefit."
Now, I'm going to tell you: If we can speed up your reading, you will cut the time down,
so you can read a page in...
Well, if you're learning a new language, let's not say a page a minute, but maybe every two-three
minutes you can read a page, instead of 10 - that would be cool.
You'll remember what you read, because we're going to force your brain to stay on the subject.
And you'll understand it, because if you're staying on the subject and the information
stays in your head, then you can actually understand and keep it; keep it, remember
it, and enjoy it.
You can't enjoy what you don't understand, especially if you don't remember it.
So let's try and fix that.
And I have two techniques I'm going to teach you today that should help you improve by
at least 50% by the time you've done reading...
Watching this video.
And we can also, you know, show you other things later, but today I want to do these
two to improve by at least 50% if you listen to what I say.
The first technique is called "grouping", and what I want you to do is we're going to
work on taking...
When you read right now, you do something called sub-vocal reading.
"Sub-vocal reading" means it's...
"Vocal" means, you know, sound; and "sub" means below sound.
So: "sub-vocal", it's in your head.
When I read this book, for instance, I'm going to read: "I propose to treat...
To treat poetry", but I say it in my head.
So the same thing as I say it, I'm reading it, but in my head I'm saying: "I propose
to treat of bah-bah-bah".
You don't really have to say the words; you can just look at them.
The example: When I show you the cover of this book, you don't look here, then look
here, then look here, then look here; you just look at the cover and you see this - all
of it at one time.
But when you read, you do this.
Part of the reason you do that-look at one word at a time-is when your mother or father
taught you to read, they would read one word at a time.
They would point to a word: "Easily regarded as the", and say it to help you understand
what the words sounded like and meant, and you learned to read that way.
Which was good, but unfortunately, now when you read even as an adult, you read the same
So the first method I want to teach you is grouping.
Now, because language...
The English language may be new to you or trying to read faster may be new to you: Grouping,
just take two words at the same time.
So, instead of saying: "Easily regarded", I would just look at: "Easily-regarded", and
then the next two words: "as-the", and the next one: "basic-work".
So it would be...
Put your finger there: "Easily regarded", move it to the next two words: "as the", "basic
work", "on the".
I'm getting the basic meaning of it, but I've almost doubled my speed, because instead of
looking twice, I look once.
Not quite doubled because, as I said, you're learning; but you can look at the two words
at one time.
And the basic meaning is following, so you don't lose time; you'll remember it because
you've cut down the time between each word; and you will understand because the meaning
So, we want to work on that.
So I would suggest that you take a book...
You can take a kid's book, if you want, because the words are even bigger so it's easier to
see two words at a time.
And I suggest that.
And go through reading for about 10 minutes or so; just do that.
Read two words at a time.
Time yourself for a minute - see how many words you read.
Try and find a page that's equal and do that again to see what your words per minute is.
That's the first one.
The next is "pacing".
Pacing, in English, is this: Like, when you pace, you walk at a certain speed.
I'm pacing myself.
It means I move at a certain speed.
The first method is good to get you started.
Pacing is a secondary one, so I would suggest you do the grouping for a few days, maybe
even a few weeks; take your time because you might start going from two words at a time
and notice that your eye actually includes a third word.
And you won't have to try; your eye will just travel to three words at the same time.
And then after, four words.
And if you can do that, say, 10 minutes every day - slowly, slowly, slowly your eye will
just take a picture of two words together; then three words; then four.
And you'll find that your reading time is going down, your memory is going up, your
understanding is going up.
We call understanding "comprehension".
Your comprehension will go up.
Do this for at least a week, maybe two weeks; 10 minutes every day.
Not once; that won't work.
But if you did it right now, you'd notice an increase in your speed; and if you do it
over time, it'll become more permanent.
Once you get comfortable with the grouping, I'm going to suggest you do something called
Pacing is like...
As I said, it's like if I'm running and I run at this - this is the pace.
This is a different pace.
And I might change my pace.
But "pacing" means keep the same speed at what you're doing.
In pacing, we're going to use a magic tool.
It's a very expensive tool, so I'm sorry.
I mean, you're watching a video and I'm going to tell you: You have to buy this...
Well, you don't have to buy it, but if you wanted to get this tool and use it off of,
like, Amazon or something, it might cost a million dollars.
People don't even want to part for it for 2 million, even a billion dollars.
You want to know what that thing is?
This is the expensive tool.
Now, if that's too expensive for you, because you can't use a finger - get yourself a pencil
or a pen.
Now, I'm going to give you an example of what pacing would look like.
When I talked about grouping...
When you would be grouping, see how we're here?
Don't look at the sentence; you would do this: You would look here; these two words, then
these two words.
That's one word.
Then you do these two words.
Pacing is going to be different.
When you pace, you can take your finger-this will be my finger-and you do this.
If that's too fast, do this.
There's an advantage to pacing.
Because you might say: "James, it's the same thing."
Kind of; that's why I told you: Practice this first, because you're expanding your ability
to see, or we call it your field of vision.
You're looking at a longer line and giving your eyes the ability to see that whole line.
So, when we're going to move from pacing...
From grouping to pacing, there...
It can be a slight problem and it happens to people - it's going back or bouncing back.
Sometimes people go: "Reading...
You-don't remember-what you-read.
You-don't understand", sorry.
And sometimes they go: "What?" and they jump back up.
Pacing kind of stops that, because as you move your finger-like this-across the board,
you don't jump back.
You tend to just keep...
Your eyes will follow where you're going and see everything.
And because we've added...
Put the two words together and the three words together, it will go even faster.
So you can start reading pages in a minute or under a minute, as opposed to two or three.
Kind of cool?
I thought you'd like that.
With just these two techniques alone, you can improve your reading now.
In fact, you should get a book and start.
But before you do that, I'm going to take a quick break.
I've got a little bit of a bonus and some homework for you, and we'll be back.
Listen: I basically explained what I wanted to at the beginning, but it wouldn't be my
video if you didn't get a bonus and homework.
So you're back for the bonus and homework.
The board's the same, which should be surprising.
Most of you, like: "Where's the magic?
It always changes."
The magic is: I'm still here, baby.
So, on the bonus what I wanted to add was this.
I told you: You can at least increase your speed by 50% right away, but you know, this
is engVid, we don't do it like other people do, so let's try and double it today.
So, what I would like you to do...
Do you remember we talked about the pacing?
It's going to be not so much fun, but it'll help.
Take the pen and paper...
Because remember I told you to go get a book when we came back?
Here's your opportunity to test yourself.
Remember I said pace like this?
So, here's what I want you to do: The reverse of what I was teaching you.
You said group first."
Yeah, I know, but I want you to pace on the page, but I want you to pace really, really,
really, really fast.
Really, really, really, really, really blah-blah fast; just really fast.
Not incredibly, like: "Blah!"
Don't go crazy, but faster than what's comfortable.
It won't be comfortable.
You're like: "Reading things, blah, blah, blah".
Oh, it's like: "Ooh."
I'm like: "Yeah", not comfortable.
You can see the words, but not comfortable; you're not taking it in.
Then I want you to go back and I want you to group.
You might notice almost automatically you can see almost three words without trying,
because you force your eyes to move very quickly at a pace of something, and then you're going:
"No, I'll just take snapshots.
Take snapshots", or take a quick picture.
And you probably will noticed that compared to your normal pace or your normal speed,
you've picked up speed and you're like: "How did that happen?"
Well, a friend of mine told me some time ago: What he used to do with the languages, or
tapes, or if he wanted to get it - he would actually turn it up from 1 to 1.5, and it
was fast and it would be uncomfortable, and he didn't quite get it.
But when he slowed it down to normal speed, it was very easy to hear all the differences
in the sounds that he was learning.
He sped his brain up.
So I'm telling you: Speed your brain up, and when you slow down to a comfortable speed,
you'll notice your brain is going to absorb the language faster.
Don't thank me; it's what I do for a job.
So that's your bonus.
And for homework, what I'd like you to do is you can go on...
Now, I've got to...
I've got to look at something, so I don't want to mess you up on this.
You can go on the internet and you can just look for: "one-minute readings", okay?
Words per second.
"One-minute reading word per second".
Look for that because there are many places where they will have a page, and the page
will be for one minute, so you don't have to do anything special.
Set a clock for a minute.
And they actually have: "If you read this far, it's 15 words; if you read this far,
it's 20 words; if you read this far..." so you will know how many words you read in a
The average person, I believe, is, like, 300 words in a minute.
But you can do...
I think it's, yeah, 300, and that's decent; that's pretty good.
That's in your own language; not in English.
But if you can start going there 300 to 600, you can read books in hours; not days, not
And the knowledge that's sitting there for you...
Remember, I said you can learn new things, get new ideas, learn to speak a language,
learn to understand more - it's just waiting for you.
So, you've got the book in front of you; I told you to get it.
I've told you: If that's too hard, the technique I just taught you in your bonus.
Do the grouping right away.
Just try and do two words at a time.
Practice that 5-10 minutes, then stop; you're done.
Do it tomorrow.
It's about building the habit and getting in the habit of your eyes seeing more and
more, and then expanding that until it becomes easy for you.
Then do pacing; race through.
If you want to push yourself in that day, read five minutes, as I said; then do the
pacing first; then look at the grouping; and notice that your eyes will expand in what
they can see and you can take more information, and continually grow.
It's an old thing to be said, but it's true: I don't care about you perfecting it; I care
about your progress.
So if you can do two words from this month; next month, three words, four words in your
grouping and so on - by the end of the year, you're reading whole sentences in a second.
75 sentences in a page - you can read a page in a minute or 5, 10 seconds.
I mean, some people can do it; I'm not one of them.
But it's up to you where you want to go with this.
You've got the techniques, you've got the will because you're coming and looking at
Make it yours.
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