Reading Comprehension
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Welcome to our Reading Comprehension section!

To help you make the most of these lessons, make sure you study the Barriers to Study booklet first. It is available online, free of charge.



Use a good and simple dictionary while reading and answering questions.

Reading comprehension is an important skill, and it is not acquired by skimming over content and guessing the meanings of words and sentences.

It is acquired by reading and understanding the words and concepts in your text.

See also: Building Vocabulary and Some Common Mistakes

Click Here for Step-by-Step Rules, Stories and Exercises to Practice All English Tenses

Click Here for Step-by-Step Rules, Stories and Exercises to Practice All Tenses

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Using These Lessons

Here you can find many interesting lessons with reading texts (and photos for illustration) in intermediate English, followed by reading comprehension exercises.

Exercises include:

  • Vocabulary Questions
  • Collocation Questions
  • Wh Questions (who, what, when, where, how, etc.)
  • Evaluating Statements
  • True or False Questions

An important part of practice is collocation practice.


Collocation Practice

Do you sometimes ask yourself if you have used the best word for what you want to say, or is another one more suitable? 

For example: do you want to say "He came in quietly" or "He came in silently"?

Check collocations

collocation is a combination of words that is used together frequently. It's actually a common phrase.

For example: "commit a crime" is a typical combination of words in English. You could say "make a crime," and it wouldn't be incorrect, but many people tend to use these words together, and it sounds right to a native. So "commit a crime" is a collocation.

Another example: we say "heavy traffic" not "strong traffic," and so forth.

Here are some more examples of collocations:

  • Fully aware ("We are fully aware of the problem.")
  • Do homework ("I will do my homework later.")
  • Give a speech ("He gave a very good speech at the conference.")

There are many collocations in English. The better you use them, the more NATURAL your English becomes.

Most of the lessons in this section include collocation practice to help students practice this vital skill.


List of Lessons

Places around the World

The World's Most Beautiful Islands – Five Wonders of Nature

The World's Most Beautiful Islands – Five Wonders of Nature

Delicious Desserts from Four Continents, Some of the World's Most Famous Desserts

Can You Guess Where These Beautiful Natural Places Are?

Can You Guess Where These Beautiful Natural Places Are?

The Oldest Cities in the World

The Oldest Cities in the World

The World's Most Beautiful Natural Wonders

The World's Most Beautiful Natural Wonders

 

 

Europe

Rome, the Eternal City

Rome, the Eternal City

Budapest, the Hidden Gem of Europe

Budapest, the Hidden Gem of Europe

Vienna, the City of Culture

Vienna, the City of Culture

Lisbon, the City of Explorers

http://www.really-learn-english.com/english-reading-comprehension-lisbon.html

London, the Crown of Europe

London, the Crown of Europe

Belfast, the Street Art Harbor

Belfast, the Street Art Harbor

Barcelona, Gaudi's Masterpiece

Barcelona, Gaudi's Masterpiece

Bucharest, the Little Paris

Bucharest, the Little Paris

Kiev, Eastern Europe's Secret

Kiev, Eastern Europe's Secret

Thessaloniki, the Aegean Secret

Thessaloniki, the Aegean Secret

Berlin, the Reunited City

Berlin, the Reunited City

Monaco, the Casino City

Tbilisi, the Food Capital

Tbilisi, the Food Capital

 


Asia

Taipei, the New and the Old

Taipei, the New and the Old

Shanghai, Gateway to the West

Shanghai, Gateway to the West

Phnom Penh, Capital of Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Capital of Cambodia

Vientiane, the Buddhist Gem

http://www.really-learn-english.com/english-reading-comprehension-vientian.html

South Korea Travel Advice

South Korea Travel Advice

Istanbul, Between Europe and Asia

Tokyo, the City of Cherry Blossoms

Tokyo, the City of Cherry Blossoms

 


Americas

Canada Fun Facts

Canada Fun Facts

New York, the Empire State

New York, the Empire State

Boston, the Home of US History

Rio de Janeiro, the Marvelous City

Rio de Janeiro, t
he Marvelous City


Customs and Traditions

Japanese Kimono

Japanese Kimono, History & Facts

Flamenco Dresses

Flamenco Dresses

Interesting Traditional Marriage Customs around the World

Interesting Traditional Marriage Customs around the World, Part 2

Interesting Traditional Marriage Customs around the World, Part 2

Beauty Rituals around the World

Beauty Rituals around the World

 


Food and Cooking

A Guide to South American Cuisine

A Guide to South American Cuisine

Types of Cookies and Their Special Names

Types of Cookies and Their Special Names

Types of Cookies and Their Special Names, Part 2

Types of Cookies and Their Special Names, Part 2

 


Animals

Cats, Our Curious and Fluffy Pets

A Guide to South American Cuisine

Dogs, Our Loyal Friends, Part 1

Dogs, Our Loyal Friends, Part 2

Dogs, Our Loyal Friends, Part 2

 


Words

Interesting Word Origins in the English language

Interesting Word Origins in the English language, Part 2

Interesting Word Origins in the English language, Part 2

 

Finance

Bitcoin, the Currency of the Future

Bitcoin, the Currency of the Future

 

 

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