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7 Great Books You Should Read to Help you Learn English


Reading is not only a great way to open one’s mind, but it is also one of the best, most fun tools you can use for learning a language. If you are on the path of learning English from scratch or you are well ahead and just want to brush up on your idioms and expressions, then reading an English book that matches your level will boost those skills. Keep reading to find out which popular books to read to help you in your quest!

1. Famous Five by Enid Blyton: An English classic, The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton are fun and full of adventure, styled like novel stories for younger readers who are about to go into an intermediate level of English learning. The stories written by Enid Blyton are in an easy-to-read, concise style while having a wealth of English expressions perfect for young learners.

2. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling: Slightly more recent than the Famous Five series, but plunged into a fantasy world of sorcerers and magic, the Harry Potter series are a must-read for anyone learning English, or even curious about British culture. J.K Rowling’s character Harry has become so famous throughout the world that it is now a solid staple of British culture.

3. Charlotte’s Web by E.B White: An all-time bestseller in the world of young readers’ books, Charlotte’s Web is a delight for all ages. Now a classic presence in any British child’s bookcase, this book will probably come up in conversations as the majority of native English speakers have read this book at least once.

4. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: A famous classic, this book has also found its way to almost every native English speaker’s list of read books. The vocabulary is slightly more difficult, but the story itself is quite short, so you won’t be overwhelmed and you won’t have too much trouble finishing it.


4. English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs: A lovely collection of English fairy tales and folklore, the work of Joseph Jacobs is one of beauty and wonder. He popularised some of the world’s best known versions of English fairy tales like Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. As the English used in the book can be a little more difficult, it would be a good idea to have a dictionary ready to look up the words you find the most challenging.

5. Matilda by Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl is one of the greatest children’s authors and tends to be very popular with adults as well. All of his books are a delight, with some of them adapted for the big or small screen and the stage, such as The BFG, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda. Roald Dahl has a written style that’s very easy to understand – his sentences are mostly short and precise, and he uses lots of fun words to describe situations in an amusing manner.

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell: This is perfect for older children who happen to have a liking for dark humour mixed with a little bit of politics and futuristic styles. Yes another classic in our list, Animal Farm is a short, allegorical novel doubling up as a satire of Stalin’s era in the Soviet Union. The English used in this novel is simple and to the point, which will make for a great read for students at intermediary or advanced level.

7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Most probably the classic of classics, this novel from Jane Austen is probably one of the most famous around the world. Quite the English novel, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of a young woman and her sisters who have to subtly find husbands to survive. With a sarcastic bite, Jane Austen writes in long, descriptive prose, so this book will be best for older students who have reached an advanced level.

Reading is one of the most effective ways to help improve your English language skills. It can help to expose you to different sentence structures and expand your vocabulary, while enjoying some great stories. If you or your child would like to experience British culture while sharpening their language skills, check our website here to learn more about our programmes.