In the past few years, 1,000 English learners have read over 300,000,000 words at That’s a big number — maybe 40,000 hours — or 4 years of reading! We asked these learners about their experiences with big reading, and below we share the responses we got. But first, a little story and background to get us started.

You are fighting for your life. Your friend turned against you. With his words, he tears you down with lies. You feel your heart breaking. You take a deep breath. And you speak your truth. “I totally disagree with you! Chocolate ice cream is better than vanilla ice cream. Vanilla is plain, ordinary, and boring!”