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    How to read and why

    “It matters, if individuals are to retain any capacity to form their own judgements and opinions, that they continue to read for themselves. How they read, well or badly, and what they read, cannot depend wholly upon themselves, but why they read must be for and in their own interest.” Harold Bloom The book is How To Read and Why. Harold Bloom starts by advocating for deep reading. Reading classics or reading great works that enrich our culture and mind is basically the reason we should read. Then Bloom goes through the works and authors he believes to be the best for this quest, this adventure and journey of reading…

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    Five ways to read in other languages without a dictionary

    If I listed the top three questions I get every week on social media, one of them would definitely be how I read better in other languages than Portuguese, my native tongue. I wasn’t surprised when I asked about what you wanted to read here this month, and four people asked me to write about how to read in English without translating or looking up the dictionary all the time. So, I have three easy tips and two not so easy, but still very helpful. 1. Learn basic vocabulary I know it’s kinda obvious, but sometimes we forget to learn common words. It’s impossible to learn every word there is.…