Comics are great: they have imaginative storylines, can be very creative and original with the colours and with light and shade effects, the sequence of the images and the drawings and can set up stories that continue for many episodes that you can read again and การ์ตูน. In short: they grab your attention with all these aspects – some of which you might not even be aware of – and draw you inside their magic. Lots of people love comics!

Comics are really good for practice if you want to increase your vocabulary and learn how to use typical expressions in a natural way. Why? Simple:

you can take your time because the pictures are going to stay right there;
you can observe the context, the facial expressions and the body language for as long as you need;
you can have a clear idea of what’s going on even if you don’t understand all of the words or phrases;
you can see how to use new vocabulary and phrases in the right context
Read on and find out how you can take advantage of your passion for comics to improve your English. There are different strategies you can use:

A Comic You Know

(Use this option if your level of English is not very advanced. Also, it’s great for comparing typical expressions between English and your language!)

choose a comic you’re already familiar with in your own language. Tip: make sure there are lots of dialogues
read it again first in your own language
take pen and paper to make notes
read the title (and the subtitle if there is one): Can you get an idea of what the story is about?
start reading and note down any interesting word or expression. Tip: often the typical, idiomatic expressions in different languages don’t match; the general meaning is the same but the words or images used are completely different. This is where you learn to express yourself sounding more ‘native’! So make sure of the meaning, use the dictionary. Tip: use an English dictionary first, and, if you still don’t understand, use an English-Your Language dictionary next…
practice with the dialogues: cover up one character’s ‘balloon’ (the space where the words are written) and say his lines. Change character and do the same.
A New Comic

(This option works really well for intermediate to advanced levels of English: you can see ‘real’ English as is used in dialogues and in descriptions!)

find a comic that looks good to you. Tip: there are online comics too, but paper ones are better for this purpose, unless you print them out, of course…
take pen and paper to make notes
read the title (and the subtitle if there is one): Can you get an idea of what the story is about?
read the story. Tip: Do consider the context, the facial expressions and the body-language to get clues when you don’t understand.
same as steps 5. and 6. above
Do this many times and you’ll be able to understand better and speak in a more ‘native way’ soon!

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