Time Magazine asked the famous businessman, Bill Gates if he thought reading helped him become more successful. And he said, “Yes absolutely! Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.”
My name is Joseph Poulshock aka Dr. Shock, and I’m asking the question, “Why Read Big?”
Well for reason number two, I want to say, big reading works. If you read a book or a story, you can get enjoyment or helpful information. So, by reading stories you get enjoyment. Big reading works for enjoyment. If you read non-fiction, you get helpful information. So, big reading works to give you helpful information.
But more than that, the researcher and teacher Hitoshi Nishizawa says that, if you read 300,000 words then you get what I like to call “live English” you get results and you also get confidence. With live English, I mean that you stop translating from English to your language. Stop that flipping back and forth of translation. So, it’s kind of like a live broadcast of English into your brain. So you get live English.
You also get results. So after reading 300,000 words you get a breakthrough, we can start to measure the results of the TOEIC test or TOEFL test, and we can see that there’s a breakthrough after 300,000 words.
But most importantly maybe, after reading 300,000 words, learners start to get confidence. They get a feel for English. They feel more confident about their ability to understand English. But more than 300,000 words, if you read 2 million words according to Dr. Hitoshi Nishizawa of the Toyota National College of Engineering, 2 million words at your level, easy words at your level, you’ll get the same results as if you live or study abroad for one year.
So, let me say that again. If you read 2 millions words, at your level, easy at your level, then you can get the same results as if you lived abroad for one year or studied abroad for one year. If that’s true, and I think it probably is, then big reading works. Remember, smart learners read big! My name is Joseph Poulshock of Big English Success and ReadOasis.