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The secret of reading to learn a foreign language.
is similar to to
The secret of Listening to learn a foreign language.
The secret is:
focus on what you understand
Don’t focus on what you don’t understand.
Focus on what you do Understand
When you read a text, look at the first sentence.
Can you identify the verb?
Look for the verb then try to identify the tense.
Do you know all the tenses?
In English every verb has a tense.
You should know all the tenses. If you don’t know all the tenses you should set out to try and learn them.
Every sentence has verb and every verb has a tense.
Basically a verb is an action word and the tense tells us the time of the action.
Learn about the tenses at this link: The Tense Page
After you have identified the verb, try to work out the tense.
The man who had given Johannes advice was sitting under a tree.
The tense is past continuous “was sitting”. The phrases “had given” is part of the subject:
the man who had given Johannes advice
You don’t have to understand everything. Focus on things you understand:
That is enough. Then move on to the next sentence. Read like this, noticing what you understand and ignoring what you do not understand.
After a while you will notice that you understand many things. Seeing words and phrases again and again will reinforce them in your mind. It will improve your fluency.