Comfort Zone: a place or situation where everything is comfortable and familiar.
You can already read English well enough to understand this blog.
This blog is not reading practice; it is part of your reading practice. I know that ‘real’ English (as opposed to ESL textbook English) is difficult but life is difficult, too. If you want to get better, you have to leave your comfort zone.
- Try talking to someone in the street or online.
- Try commenting on a forum or a blog, even this one!
- Try reading a novel in English. For your first one you might try 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth by Xiaoluo Guo, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon, but really, you can try anything you feel like reading.
- Try reading a magazine or newspaper in English.
- Try watching a film or DVD without subtitles.
Trying costs you nothing. You can’t fail, because trying means you win. If you have problems this time, remember that next time will be easier.
Let me know what you try in the comments.