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Which way is better, to read 100 books or to read a book one hundred times?


I have searched online trying to find out what the others say about this issue. By a crude estimation based on the number of videos with the above question as their main topic, I conclude that about two over ninety-eight is the rate corresponding to reading a book 100 times to reading 100 books. It is a little surprising at this finding for me at the beginning. During the browsing, I also noticed that many guys suggested reading more than one book at the same time.


Why do peoples prefer reading more books to reading one book more times?

I sum up their points in the following three respects.

1. More books, more stories, and more fabulous experiences!

No doubt this is true. Since it is impossible for us to travel to so many places and meet so many peoples with so different characters and to go back to the past or travel in the future, a book substitutes such a want with rich materials.

2. By reading more books, we grow wise. We become wise by learning and thinking. A book will give us lessons others had encountered. By reading more books, we learn more to cope with our life.

3. Deepen our understanding of the world and provide with us opportunities to view the world from different perspectives. Different books may have different opinions about the same topic. By reading them and comparing them, we know this world better.


What is the reason for reading a book more than once?

Still, three respects represent their main points.

1. It is commonly hard to know the material well by reading it only once.

2. We are growing so that new experiences make us taste the book differently when reading it again.

3. Make full use of the book and fully enjoy it.


What is my point here?

They are native speakers. We as learners of a second language should first solve one most critical problem how to have a natural feeling for this language.

What do I mean by saying have a natural feeling for a language? The words, the order of the words, the difference between words, and the reasons behind all these staffs.

Some words are seldom used, e.g. tureen and udder, and some are often used on a daily basis, such as that and make. But we should pay more attention to the latter due to its complicated usage and meanings.

The order of words in a sentence obeys some rules called grammar rules. For example, when we use it to stand for the coat, the expression ‘put it on’ should replace ‘put on the coat’.

Some phrases at a first sight seem very close in their meanings, but in fact very different. One example is the difference between ‘Come of’ and ‘come from’.

To become a good language learner, we need to know the reasons behind the above language phenomena. For example, we may confuse the usages of ‘off’ and ‘from’. Only by carefully thinking it over, we will realize ‘off’ often implicates two things they are touching, but ‘from’ gives stress on the difference between two things.


How to get such natural a feeling for a language? Is there an effective way to realize it for all of us common human beings? The answer is yes and simple.

By reading a book many times, we can do it.

Reading a book 100 times provides us with such a chance!


My dear readers may follow a concrete process as follows:

1. Choose a book that is proper for your English level and interesting for you.

2. Leave enough time for your reading.

3. Read it slowly and look up every word you don’t know during the first time reading.

4. Read it again to try to understand every sentence in the book.

5. Read it between the lines and enjoy it and chew it and relish it.

6. Repeat the above process

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