I want to improve my reading speed. What should I do?

Q: I want to improve my reading speed. What should I do?

A: I assume this question is in relation to something like a TOEIC exam, where the reading portion of a test is timed. In this case, you need to improve your reading comprehension. This is a matter of practice – the more you read in English, the more vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure you will understand quickly. Try reading short news articles and timing yourself.

If the question is about general reading speed, I suppose the first thing to consider is whether or not you are a quick reader in your native language. If you’re not, it’s unlikely that you will be in a new language.


Q: 読むスピードを早くしたいのですが、どうしたらいいですか?

A: この質問はTOEIC のような テストのリーディングの時間が決められているものに関するものだと思うのだけど、その場合は、読解力をつける必要があるわ。これは練習の問題で、英語を読めば読むほど、語彙、文法、構文が早く理解できるようになるの。短いニュース記事を読んで、時間を測ってみて。