Improve your English with COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Improve your English with COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

Hello. My name is Emma, and in today’s video I am
going to answer a question I hear a lot. Many people who are learning English love
to read, but the problem they have is when they read English books, a lot of the times
the books are too hard for them, so many students ask me: “Emma, what’s a good book to read
to help me learn English?” So, today I’m going to tell you my piece of
advice; what I think students should do if they like to read and they want to read English
books. I recommend reading comic books or graphic
novels. Now, before I go any further, I wanted to
say: “What is a comic book? And what is a graphic novel?” and then I’m
going to tell you why you should read these books. So, let me show you two examples. This is an X-Men comic. Okay? It’s about superheroes; and then we have this
book, Watchmen, is a graphic novel. The difference is pretty much in the length. Notice that this is very short, whereas this
is a collection of comics-okay?-and it’s in a book form. So this is a graphic novel; this is a comic. If you open these, there’s all these colourful
pictures with different conversation and a storyline. So, many people think that comics and graphic
novels are for children. This is not true. Many adults read comics and graphic novels. And the reason why they are so good for people
learning English is because they have so much conversation in them. So, if you read a novel, there are a lot of
description, a lot of words, sometimes the author wants to write very poetically, and
the language might not be the type of language people usually use. When you read comic books or graphic novels,
the language is more about conversation, so you will see a lot of conversation language. You will see language about common expressions
people use, slang, common vocabulary we use when we talk. When you read a novel, you don’t really get
as much of that. Okay? You will also see a lot of grammar in comics,
as well as graphic novels. And it’s easier to read the grammar or to
notice grammar points because sentences in graphic novels and comics are usually shorter,
so you can see examples of the present perfect, you can see examples of the future tense,
you can see examples of the past perfect continuous. So there are a lot of great grammar points
you can notice if you can read graphic novels or comics. Okay. Another thing I wanted to talk about is people
don’t want to read comics sometimes because they think they’re always about superheroes,
and some people don’t like reading about superheroes. Comics and graphic novels cover a lot of different
genres. A “genre” is a way of saying a type. So, for example, a movie genre is a romantic
comedy, or an adventure movie, or a thriller. These are all examples of genre. So, comics also have many different genres
or types. Yes, there are superhero comics, like Watchmen
or X-Men, but let me show you some of the other types of comics you might come across. Okay. I have here a comic… or, sorry, a graphic
novel called Maus. This book is about a family that lived during
World War II and about the Holocaust, so this is a very serious book. It’s not for children. It’s not a superhero genre; it’s more of a
drama. I have here this book, American Born Chinese. This book is about somebody’s experience immigrating
to the United States. So, again, it’s about a person’s real life
experiences. I have here the book Jerusalem. This graphic novel-and so, it looks like a
novel, but if you look, there’s actually a lot of pictures-is actually about the Middle
East and the history of the Middle East. And then I have this book, The Art of War,
which is actually about… a philosophy book. The Art of War, you might have heard of it. This is the comic book version. So, there are so many different types of graphic
novels or comics, and they cover all different types of genres. So, whatever you like, you can probably find
in comic book or graphic novel form, whether it’s romance, biography, comedy – there’s
many different types of graphic novels and comics. Let me put these back. So, one reason why reading graphic novels
and comics can be so helpful for students is that there’s a picture with the conversation,
and so it’s easier to guess what a word means or to improve your understanding of a new
word because you can look at a picture, and that really helps you understand. In regular novels there are no pictures, so
you have to spend a lot of time looking through a dictionary to understand the book. In a graphic novel, you can often guess what
something means just by looking at the picture. Okay. And another reason why comics or graphic novels
are great to read is you have a lot of different characters; sometimes teenagers, sometimes
adults, sometimes seniors. Different characters use different types of
English. Some people might use formal language, like
a professor; some people might use informal language, like a teenager, they might use
slang. So, when you read a graphic novel or a comic,
you can actually see and have an understanding of the type of English different people use. You can notice: “Okay, here’s a picture of
a senior or an elderly person. What words are they using?” And then you might see a picture of a teenager,
and you can think: “Okay, this person’s a teenager. How are they speaking? What words are they using?” So there’s a lot of information you can get
from English from comics and graphic novels that you don’t see in regular novels as easily. So, just to recap: I think comics and graphic
novels are great to… if you want to improve your English and if you like reading. Comics and graphic novels are not just for
children; there are many adult comics and graphic novels. You can learn a lot by the conversation you
will see in a comic or a graphic novel, and you can use the picture to help you with your
understanding. So, for these reasons I highly, highly recommend
comics and graphic novels. Last thing I’m going to say: I have a lot
of different comics and graphic novels I read. The ones you saw today are good ones, but
there’s so many that I love. If you want to learn about Toronto, where
I’m from, I recommend Scott Pilgrim, because that whole comic is about Toronto, so you
can actually learn about another place. So, thank you for watching, and I look forward
to reading your comments about this video. If you want to practice some of what you learned
from this video, you can visit our website at, and there you can actually
take a quiz on the material we talked about. You can also subscribe to my channel-don’t
forget to ring the bell-where you will actually find more videos on many different subjects,
including pronunciation, listening, writing, reading, and so much more. So, thank you so much for watching; and until
next time, take care.

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  1. I can proudly say that I have learned much from mam Emma during my tough time 3 years ago..When I was new to Gcc..
    Thank you mam..Keep going ? from kerala …india

  2. I wonder if I am the only person who speak spanish watching this channel in order to improve my english and my poor grammar XDD I barely understand what she is saying, but I can see it with english subtitles XDD btw I would like to buy those comics on english, I dont know how get it

  3. Many thanks, ❤I've never read comic books, I will definitely do it after this video. It is really interesting, thanks for the great ideas ???

  4. I really enjoyed that video, it’s extremely useful, specially for me that I’m stuck at intermediate level for more than two years.

  5. I’m a native English speaker but I speak Spanish. My speaking level is high because I speak all the time, but I never read or write apart from text messages ha I think this is the next step.

  6. Thank you very much Emma. You are the best teacher. I'm your subscriber for long time. I understand every word you speak. This is very good idea with the books. Please, how can I get the books, because I live in Russia. ?thank you very much. You do a great job. Almost all I speak in english I learnt from you.

  7. Dear Emma
    I have learned a lot from your lesson. It's very helpful and fun at the same time. I really love watching your video. I am grateful to you. Thank you so much for sharing.?

  8. Well learning English through books is an expensive and boring to most because
    1 most people cannot afford to buy books
    2 So many books so little time
    I reckon the most powerful and cheap way to learn English is through internet and YouTube channels

  9. I just discovered your channel and I hope to train even more ?? i just need to to pratice more but in my country everybody speak french Who can help me?

  10. Thank you ? for you video. By the way , you know a good website for read comics or graphics novels online? That will very helpful!!! Thanks!!!

  11. Thanks a lot. I have been reading comics for many years now. They have definitely improved my language skills. And not only as a speaker, but also as a writer.

  12. We are thankful to You Dear Emma, your way of pronunciation , your way of teaching inspiring me .. you are a great teacher ..

  13. Why didn't Emma present Japanese graphic novels translated into English? Most of them are written not only for children but also for adults and they cover almost all genres and types of subjects, so they are suitable for English learners.

    Does she NOT like Japanese graphic novels?

  14. Hi dear Professor Emma, you're an amaizing lady and your teachings are interesting!
    I'm a Spanish guy from Guatemala ?? and l really love your classes! ??

  15. miss, I read readers digest a topic daily. pick out words. find meanings and use them in my sentences.
    how is this strategy?

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