How to READ FASTER: 2 tricks


Man, I really have to read this book
and I just don’t have the time. Hi. James from engVid. If you’re like me, you have
to read a lot of material. If you are studying English or you’re learning
English, you probably don’t like to read, which is too bad, because reading is
one of the fastest ways to improve… Well, let’s go to the
board and find out. As you can see, E is running
very quickly, here. Right? And he’s trying to read. So, we’re going to learn to read faster today,
and I’m going to teach you how to read faster with two different techniques,
and I’m going to teach you… You’ll start to
enjoy your reading. So we’ll go to the board and we’ll talk about
reading, why it’s important, and what we can do about it. The first thing I want to talk about with
reading: Reading helps to do a couple of things. Number one, it helps you
to learn new things. When you read a book about philosophy, it
teaches you about somebody’s new idea or a new invention. It gives you new vocabulary. Many words… In fact, they say if you don’t understand
90% of the material, you won’t understand it; but even just reading something, if you
have a dictionary, will help you go and learn new vocabulary to understand material, so it
gives you new words; it gives you a better or a wider way to speak. It helps you to understand. Sometimes when someone says something it’s
a little too fast, but then when you read it, you have time to read it, go back, read
it, go back, read it, and go: “I got it.” Right? It gives you time to look at the picture;
the mental picture or the written picture. It gives you new ideas. Remember you learn new things? Well, when you start adding idea from this
book, idea from that book, you get new ideas of your own; you
become more creative. Your world becomes a
richer place to live. And, finally, because we’re doing English,
you learn how to speak a language. Like: “Stop. What do you mean? How do I learn to
speak by reading?” Well, for you people who are learning to speak a
language-okay?-reading shows you the structure that people use when they speak. Reading shows you new vocabulary, or it shows
you what we call the colloquial; the common person’s way of speaking. You get all that from reading; how to say
it, where to put the verb and the noun or the adjective. Right? Cool? That’s what it can do, and
that’s what’s important to us. Our reading is going to teach us how to speak,
but also it’s good to be able to read in a country, because I often say: If you
cannot read in a language, you’re stupid. And if you wonder what I mean, think about
the guy who when you give a simple sentence, like: “The cat went in the house”, cannot
read it and he reads it like: “The cat went in”, you go: “The guy’s stupid.” Don’t be stupid. Don’t be stupid in your language;
don’t be stupid in my language. So today we’re going to work on a
process to help you with reading. Now, as much as I said all these great things
about reading, there are a couple of things to be aware of, or… Actually, I don’t
have to tell you. You know, but I want you to know that I understand,
so I’m putting it on the board so you know what I’m going to teach you will help you
overcome or help you solve that problem. Problem: Reading
takes a long time. Well, in your own language it takes some time,
but if you’re learning another language, it will always take you much longer to read because
you have a problem of translating, or skipping back and translating. Translating, you know what I mean; you translate
from the language you’re looking at into your own language to understand it, and then translate
it back to that language – that’s a lot of work. And if you think about how long that takes,
that’s like two different trips, like: In, out; in, out; in,
out for every word. That will take… Something that takes four minutes to
read – make you read it for 20 minutes. And who wants to read one paragraph or five
sentences, and it takes 10 minutes, and you still don’t understand it? That’s a problem. Another problem: You don’t
remember what you read. Do you remember when I said to
you: “You’re reading up and down”? So I’m going to put… Sorry, I’m going to put “problems”, because
it’s not just a problem; it’s problems. Remember I said you translate, you go up and
down, and back and forth, you keep going back? Well, what happens is you forget what you
read because there’s too much information to keep in your head. Right? So you read up here, you read five sentences,
you read it, you go: “Okay, I got it.” You read another five sentences, and
you go: “Oh, what were the first five? Because without that five, I don’t understand
this other paragraph, and now I’m getting confused.” Right? So you forget what you’re reading, which leads
to: You don’t understand what you read it. You read it, you forget it, you don’t
understand – these are terrible problems. So it’s understandable why most people won’t
read a book if they’re learning a new language. They’re like: “It’s just way too
much work for a little benefit.” Now, I’m going to tell you: If we can speed
up your reading, you will cut the time down, so you can read a page in… Well, if you’re learning a new language, let’s not
say a page a minute, but maybe every two-three minutes you can read a page, instead
of 10 – that would be cool. You’ll remember what you read, because we’re going
to force your brain to stay on the subject. And you’ll understand it, because if you’re
staying on the subject and the information stays in your head, then you can actually
understand and keep it; keep it, remember it, and enjoy it. You can’t enjoy what you don’t understand,
especially if you don’t remember it. Right? So let’s try and fix that. And I have two techniques I’m going to teach
you today that should help you improve by at least 50% by the time
you’ve done reading… Watching this video. Cool? And we can also, you know, show you other
things later, but today I want to do these two to improve by at least 50%
if you listen to what I say. Okay? The first technique is called “grouping”,
and what I want you to do is we’re going to work on taking… When you read right now, you do
something called sub-vocal reading. What? “Sub-vocal reading”
means it’s… “Vocal” means, you know, sound;
and “sub” means below sound. So: “sub-vocal”,
it’s in your head. When I read this book, for instance, I’m
going to read: “I propose to treat… To treat poetry”, but
I say it in my head. So the same thing as I say it, I’m reading
it, but in my head I’m saying: “I propose to treat of bah-bah-bah”. You don’t really have to say the
words; you can just look at them. The example: When I show you the cover of
this book, you don’t look here, then look here, then look here, then look here; you
just look at the cover and you see this – all of it at one time. But when you read, you do this. Part of the reason you do that-look at one
word at a time-is when your mother or father taught you to read, they would
read one word at a time. They would point to a word: “Easily regarded
as the”, and say it to help you understand what the words sounded like and meant,
and you learned to read that way. Which was good, but unfortunately, now when
you read even as an adult, you read the same way. So the first method I want
to teach you is grouping. Now, because language… The English language may be new to you or trying
to read faster may be new to you: Grouping, just take two words
at the same time. So, instead of saying: “Easily regarded”, I
would just look at: “Easily-regarded”, and then the next two words: “as-the”,
and the next one: “basic-work”. All right? So it would be… Put your finger there: “Easily regarded”, move
it to the next two words: “as the”, “basic work”, “on the”. I’m getting the basic meaning of it, but I’ve
almost doubled my speed, because instead of looking twice, I look once. Not quite doubled because, as I said, you’re
learning; but you can look at the two words at one time. And the basic meaning is following, so you
don’t lose time; you’ll remember it because you’ve cut down the time between each word;
and you will understand because the meaning is carried. Cool? All right. So, we want to work on that. So I would suggest that
you take a book… Something simple. You can take a kid’s book, if you want, because
the words are even bigger so it’s easier to see two words at a time. And I suggest that. And go through reading for about
10 minutes or so; just do that. Okay? Read two words at a time. All right? Time yourself for a minute –
see how many words you read. Try and find a page that’s equal and do that
again to see what your words per minute is. All right? Cool. That’s the first one. The next is “pacing”. Pacing, in English, is this: Like, when
you pace, you walk at a certain speed. I’m pacing myself. It means I move at
a certain speed. The first method is good
to get you started. Pacing is a secondary one, so I would suggest
you do the grouping for a few days, maybe even a few weeks; take your time because you
might start going from two words at a time and notice that your eye
actually includes a third word. And you won’t have to try; your eye will
just travel to three words at the same time. And then after, four words. And if you can do that, say, 10 minutes every
day – slowly, slowly, slowly your eye will just take a picture of two words
together; then three words; then four. And you’ll find that your reading time is
going down, your memory is going up, your understanding is going up. We call understanding
“comprehension”. All right? Your comprehension will go up. Do this for at least a week, maybe
two weeks; 10 minutes every day. Not once; that won’t work. But if you did it right now, you’d notice
an increase in your speed; and if you do it over time, it’ll
become more permanent. Okay? Once you get comfortable with the grouping,
I’m going to suggest you do something called pacing. Pacing is like… As I said, it’s like if I’m running
and I run at this – this is the pace. This is a different pace. And I might change my pace. But “pacing” means keep the same
speed at what you’re doing. In pacing, we’re going
to use a magic tool. It’s a very expensive
tool, so I’m sorry. I mean, you’re watching a video and I’m
going to tell you: You have to buy this… Well, you don’t have to buy it, but if you
wanted to get this tool and use it off of, like, Amazon or something, it
might cost a million dollars. People don’t even want to part for it
for 2 million, even a billion dollars. You want to know
what that thing is? Your finger. This is the expensive tool. Now, if that’s too expensive for you, because
you can’t use a finger – get yourself a pencil or a pen. All right? Now, I’m going to give you an example
of what pacing would look like. When I talked about grouping… When you would be grouping,
see how we’re here? Don’t look at the sentence; you would do this:
You would look here; these two words, then these two words. Right? That’s one word. Then you do these two words. Pacing is going to be different. When you pace, you can take your finger-this
will be my finger-and you do this. If that’s too fast, do this. There’s an advantage to pacing. Because you might say: “James,
it’s the same thing.” Kind of; that’s why I told you: Practice this
first, because you’re expanding your ability to see, or we call it
your field of vision. You’re looking at a longer line and giving
your eyes the ability to see that whole line. Okay? So, when we’re going
to move from pacing… From grouping to
pacing, there… It can be a slight problem and it happens to
people – it’s going back or bouncing back. Sometimes people go: “Reading… Reading-takes a-long-time. You-don’t remember-what
you-read. You-don’t understand”, sorry. “…understand-what you-read”. And sometimes they go: “What?”
and they jump back up. Pacing kind of stops that, because as you
move your finger-like this-across the board, you don’t jump back. You tend to just keep… Your eyes will follow where
you’re going and see everything. And because we’ve added… Put the two words together and the three
words together, it will go even faster. So you can start reading pages in a minute or
under a minute, as opposed to two or three. Kind of cool? I thought you’d like that. With just these two techniques alone,
you can improve your reading now. In fact, you should
get a book and start. But before you do that, I’m
going to take a quick break. I’ve got a little bit of a bonus and some
homework for you, and we’ll be back. You ready? [Snaps] Listen: I basically explained what I wanted
to at the beginning, but it wouldn’t be my video if you didn’t get
a bonus and homework. So you’re back for the
bonus and homework. The board’s the same, which
should be surprising. Most of you, like:
“Where’s the magic? It always changes.” The magic is: I’m
still here, baby. Okay? So, on the bonus what I
wanted to add was this. I told you: You can at least increase your
speed by 50% right away, but you know, this is engVid, we don’t do it like other people
do, so let’s try and double it today. So, what I would
like you to do… Do you remember we
talked about the pacing? Here’s… It’s going to be not so
much fun, but it’ll help. Take the pen and paper… Because remember I told you to
go get a book when we came back? Here’s your opportunity
to test yourself. Remember I said pace like this? So, here’s what I want you to do: The
reverse of what I was teaching you. “What? You said group first.” Yeah, I know, but I want you to pace on the
page, but I want you to pace really, really, really, really fast. Really, really, really, really, really
blah-blah fast; just really fast. Not incredibly, like: “Blah!” No. Don’t go crazy, but faster
than what’s comfortable. You… It won’t be comfortable. You’re like: “Reading
things, blah, blah, blah”. Oh, it’s like: “Ooh.” I’m like: “Yeah”,
not comfortable. You can see the words, but not
comfortable; you’re not taking it in. Then I want you to go back
and I want you to group. You might notice almost automatically you
can see almost three words without trying, because you force your eyes to move very quickly
at a pace of something, and then you’re going: “No, I’ll just take snapshots. Take snapshots”, or
take a quick picture. And you probably will noticed that compared
to your normal pace or your normal speed, you’ve picked up speed and you’re
like: “How did that happen?” Well, a friend of mine told me some time ago:
What he used to do with the languages, or tapes, or if he wanted to get it – he would
actually turn it up from 1 to 1.5, and it was fast and it would be uncomfortable,
and he didn’t quite get it. But when he slowed it down to normal speed,
it was very easy to hear all the differences in the sounds that
he was learning. He sped his brain up. So I’m telling you: Speed your brain up, and
when you slow down to a comfortable speed, you’ll notice your brain is going
to absorb the language faster. Don’t thank me; it’s
what I do for a job. Okay. So that’s your bonus. And for homework, what I’d like
you to do is you can go on… Now, I’ve got to… I’ve got to look at something, so I
don’t want to mess you up on this. Okay? You can go on the internet and you can just
look for: “one-minute readings”, okay? Words per second. “One-minute reading
word per second”. Look for that because there are many places
where they will have a page, and the page will be for one minute, so you
don’t have to do anything special. Set a clock for a minute. And they actually have: “If you read this
far, it’s 15 words; if you read this far, it’s 20 words; if you read this far…” so
you will know how many words you read in a minute. The average person, I believe,
is, like, 300 words in a minute. But you can do… Or yeah. I think it’s, yeah, 300, and
that’s decent; that’s pretty good. That’s in your own
language; not in English. But if you can start going there 300 to 600,
you can read books in hours; not days, not weeks. And the knowledge that’s
sitting there for you… Remember, I said you can learn new things,
get new ideas, learn to speak a language, learn to understand more –
it’s just waiting for you. So, you’ve got the book in front
of you; I told you to get it. I’ve told you: If that’s too hard, the
technique I just taught you in your bonus. Do the grouping right away. Just try and do two
words at a time. Practice that 5-10 minutes,
then stop; you’re done. Do it tomorrow. It’s about building the habit and getting
in the habit of your eyes seeing more and more, and then expanding that
until it becomes easy for you. Then do pacing; race through. If you want to push yourself in that day,
read five minutes, as I said; then do the pacing first; then look at the grouping; and
notice that your eyes will expand in what they can see and you can take more
information, and continually grow. It’s an old thing to be said, but it’s true:
I don’t care about you perfecting it; I care about your progress. So if you can do two words from this month;
next month, three words, four words in your grouping and so on – by the end of the year,
you’re reading whole sentences in a second. 75 sentences in a page – you can read
a page in a minute or 5, 10 seconds. I mean, some people can do
it; I’m not one of them. But it’s up to you where
you want to go with this. Right? You’ve got the techniques, you’ve got the
will because you’re coming and looking at this video. Make it yours. Anyway, that’s that for now. But I’d like you to subscribe. And when you do so, there’s a bell on the
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100 thoughts on “How to READ FASTER: 2 tricks

  1. Wonderful! It helped me break my sub-vocalization easily!Thanks a million!

  2. I like to listen to YouTube at X2. Wish tv/ Netflix was that way. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the tips I'm going to practice this for my upcoming LSAT.
    I need all the help I can get.

  4. yeah, it is your job to teach, but above that, you deserved our accolades, appreciate bro!

  5. Pacing: use a pencil or pen to follow words. Expands fields of vision.

  6. this is het first time i see someone on a video speaking normal and not screaming while taking. great

  7. I think there is an other pb how to read correctly with correct pronunciation

  8. brother you have awesome knowledge. I see that people view your vids less than others but i will tell people about you…you have it. thanks a million

  9. I have 113 pages of Southeast Asian history to read for a test.
    I hope you know how much your techniques helped me.
    Thanks a million.

  10. you are the best teacher pleas continue teaching thank you so much.

  11. Practice make prefection
    All the best!
    Thank you. Teacher

  12. Mrs James I have some doubts of one lesson you did , I hope you can clear me that for this message.
    I saw the video where you explain how use on , in and at and I think that understood but in this video I read a part of the captions where the at don’t work like you explain .
    You said that “at” work like this
    Transportation : –
    Location : when is specific or in the moment ( I’m not sure enough)
    Time : specific
    In this video you used “ to at the beginning “
    How that works there ?

  13. I enjoyed your teaching a lot… Thanks Mr James. You're superb

  14. Chutiye tu batata kam hai bakwaas zyada karta hai 😇 Thank you so much for this video

  15. Chutiye tu batata kam hai bakwaas zyada karta hai 😇 Thank you so much for this video

  16. Thank you🙏🙏🙏🙏so much to teach as May God bless you Mr

  17. This video has exactly what I've been wanting to get it.
    Marvelous, James, you always make me want to move and start things. Thanks a lot.

  18. This is the gosphel this is how I tell it were its simple and easy to understand. Have you ever told a lie?, For all have sinned and fallen short of the gory of God, (Roman's 3:23) because of your sin you are condemned hell separation from God out of his presence so what do have to do you have to rid of your sin, you can't save yourself. So you realize that your a sinner and realize because of your sin you are condemned hell. So what you good to heaven? Well you have to get saved. Getting saved is getting born again (john3:7) your parents gave you a free gift of phyisal life they paid the Bill's did all the work, in Gods family you can get a free gift of enertal life by believing in Jesus Christ, Gid made a way for you to go to heaven by Jesus Christ he came down as God in the flesh and lived a sinless prefict life and died a horrible death on the cross in your place and was put in a tomb and Rose again from the dead 3 days later. All the sins of the world were put on Jesus, so Jesus Christ was a substute for your sin. In Acts 16:30-31 the philippian jailer asked pual and sila..sir what must I do to be saved and they said Believe on the lord Jesus Christ and shalt be saved.. So simply believe Jesus Christ bore your sin on the cross, died for you, was buried and whom God resurrected from the dead so the beilever can claim everlasting life and recieve Jesus Christ as his savior. Now God commanded all men everywhere to Repent (Acts17:30) this repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner and agrees with what Jesus did for us on the cross. If you realize that you are a sinner theres are no magic prayers to get to heaven but pray a prayer like this Oh God I no that I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute on the cross I believe his blood, death, burial and resurrection were for me. I now receive his as my savior I thank you for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of your merciful grace. Amen
    Now….

    Pray- you talk to God
    Read your bible- God talks to you
    Witness- talk for God
    Join a bible believing church and you should get babtized to show the public your saved commanded by Jesus Christ and get a kjv bibleA, B, C

    A- Realize that you are a sinner
    Condemned hell
    Repent- agree with God that one is a sinner and agree with Gid wi th h God on what Jesus did on th he cross f ru om us it's a change of mind from darkness to light in Jesus

    B- Belive Jesus Christ was a substitute on the cross died in your place and ross again from the dead.

    C- confess it to God and ask Jesus to save you.And when you plant a seed in the dirt the dirt is 100% stupid it doesn't know how to grow a tree but the seed will grow a tree by if self if you let it or a whole forest, when I got saved Jesus will plant a seed in your heart and if you let him he will come in a change your life completely if you let the seed grow.Just like when you water a seed that water is Gods word read the bible every day and it will change into a whole new person

  19. I owe you Sir!! You are awesome. Love from India. Keep doing

  20. So easy to follow..some instructors over complicate the simple…we thank you

  21. I am studying the Global Studies and Research Methodology subjects, but it is very hard for me to understand. What should I do because I need to read them for an exam?please give me some effective tips…

  22. Whenever I read a book, I take notes on it, and I seem to recall all the information without going to my notes. I also got my notes to go back to if I ever need it. Right now, I’m learning, analyzing, studying, and understanding the stock market 😁

  23. I appreciate the basic guide for speed reading given by James, but nothing beats practice. Start practicing on a material that interest you. Eventually, you will speed up your reading as you get used to it.

  24. I don’t know if it will work in Chines language because sometimes i don’t remember the complete characters but the tricks really sound good , I just tried it , it helped me to ignore the annoying part of not remembering and just forced myself to read the words that I know and not focusing in the words that I don’t remember , it felt good at least I finished one chapter without reread it and translate it 100 time and then fed up .
    In English it definitely worked for me is much easier then Chines language, because in Chinese sometimes I have to translate it twice from English to my original language , and here where my pain never ends . But thank goes to you I start watching your videos and it helps me a lot in English

  25. Beautiful. I have just learnt new things. How do I subscribe?

  26. Do you have videos on finding main ideas, topic sentence, details, logical conclusions, topics, and opinions? I have difficulties finding them when the passages are long.

  27. I’ve been reading like this since I was a child. Always received an A in English.

  28. who's here just because you were given summer work and your just doing it at the last minute?

  29. i practicing my native language like about 30 years and i noticed one think.Many people who got the same language experience like me have a lot of problems with right spelling ,and vocabulary and they look very stupid because of that.And i think it's 100% lack of reading.

  30. I want to thank you for your help. I have been struggling lately towards academic reading. After reviewing your video, you have helped me comfortably, and confidently to read to absorb.
    Thanks again.

  31. I love they way you put it
    Can i suggest an exercise (i m going to write it anyway)

    Verticle reading practice for grouping e.g
    A
    B
    C
    Then two letters
    An at
    Will shall
    ,Then 3 at a time
    A the bus
    Will shall could

    They dont need to make sense but
    Good for building a habit of grouping

  32. I started reading 2 years ago at age 40. In two years I have discovered how uneducated I was, to having a different outlook at life as a whole…All because I started reading things. I regret all of the years I lost wondering through the world not being present, but I have to be thankful that I'm now finding my way. It's never too late ppl ! 🙂

  33. His teaching is superb n on top of that he's got a nice humor. What else do we need?☺️😊

  34. This guy is legend…he need 2 be the professor and high paid teacher,,agree??

  35. 2:30 C'mon man..You are ABSOLUTELY Wrong on that..NOT being able to read does not make you stupid.

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