For those who have not read my reading suggestions for the beginner and intermediate level, let me start by naming a few select arguments why reading is so very awesome (not only) for language enthusiasts:
- It adds to your busy and unapproachable air if you do not want to interact with your surroundings
- It is the ideal topic of conversation if you do wish to chat
- Be it a book, a magazine, a blogpost or a news item – reading allows you to improve your language skills wherever you might be
The positive yet overwhelming aspect of being a language pro is that you may read pretty much everything:
- Authentic, high-profile literature
Literary texts are an obvious choice. Reading the classics for your language of choice at some point might even be considered a must. However, everyone has their own preferences.
For me personally, there is little that draws me in as much as a twisted-minded female protagonist in a psychological thriller.
For you, it might be an intriguing historical setting or sharp-witted humor.
Find what you enjoy and you will never cease to stumble upon bewildering formulations and new aspects of the language you are acquiring.
- Book reviews
Maybe you are already over reading literature or you are obsessed with your current read and wish to engage even more in this particular piece of writing. If this is the case, I recommend reading some skillfully written reviews, as those represent an intriguing blend of literary and journalistic/scientific language.
- Scientific articles
Choosing to read scientific articles will benefit you in various ways. You familiarize yourself with scientific terminology and recurring formulations. On the other hand you learn or revise information about complex topics. I, for instance, enjoy reading up on various chapters of world history.
I strongly advise you to choose a topic you are actually interested in, though. Otherwise you will experience the phenomenon I call the “wandering eye”: reading and re-reading the words on a page without grasping the slightest bit of meaning behind them.
- Political analysis
Again, this is an excellent way of acquiring specific vocabulary and collocations for your own written language production. Apart from that, political analysis provide you with cultural knowledge as they are probably country-specific.
You get bonus points if you read through articles online, because then you can browse through the comments‘ section afterwards not only to have a good laugh, but also to educate yourself on how native speakers of different social strata communicate in today’s wired world.
Congratulations on your advanced language skills! But remember to crack open a children’s book once in a while when you are visiting foreign book stores or to skip through banal blogposts – just because you can (and because it’s fun)!