Reading and reading alone is enough to achieve fluency in a language if you’re living in the environment. But when you read, you must do two things. You must understand what you read. And you must read a lot.
I just read up on this case study about a man who read for at least an hour a day for about 6 months and significantly improved his TOEIC score. He had a 220 point gain. If you don’t know much about the TOEIC test. That’s actually very significant.
As for myself, I have been reading off and on in small spurts. It’s really just pleasure reading with the added benefit of acquiring Japanese.
Right now, I’m at the last chapter of my first chapter book in Japanese. It’s called “Sayonara Aruma.” It’s about a young boy and his sister who raise a dog to train for the war. Their father is a away at war while the children help their mother and raise the dog.
I’ve read a lot and I’ve learned a lot so far. I’ve also gotten tangled up in some sports mangas too. I normally think that sports channels and sports are generally boring to watch (fun to play, of course.) But I really love these sports manga. It’s so much more interesting with a story attached.
So, I’m going to have to track my reading here.
I’ll track tonight’s reading later. I usually get very good results when I track myself.