So, I have been reading a book about religion in which the English written is so hard for me to understand. I know every words in the passage (by checking up dictionary), but it has become a disaster when they were put together. The following is a quote from the book which make no sense to me.
"As I write these words, and as you read them, people of faith are in their different ways planning your and my destruction, and the destruction of all the hard-won human attainment that I have touched upon.'

How am I supposed to understand this kind of English? Newspapers and Magazines don't help as they are more straightforward, I want to improve but I don't know what to do. Can anyone help?
louis8799How am I supposed to understand this kind of English?
You need a good teacher who will teach you the structures of the English language and you'll have to read dozens of books containing grammatically good English. Internet chat forums won't help you at all.

Contrary to what you think, demanding English is used in some newspapers and magazines too even though it is true that a lot of the popular press avoids it in order to make their articles easier to understand.

CB
Let me tell you some of my experiences.

I'm 16 years old (soon 17) and started reading english books 1-2 years ago. I've already finished 8 books and I follow a certain pattern. I read two english books and then a german one.

When I started reading my first book I was about to lay it aside because it was so difficult to get a long with all these idioms and the structure, word order etc..
At first I used to translate every single word, but I was getting nowhere. In nearly every impending sentence was a word that I didn't know. So I just read the book and learned vocab and grammar apart from reading. And with every further book it became easier and easier to understand the plot, to understand complete phrases and finally to understand more words. I still can't say that I have no problems. I still don't get everything. It doesn't matter if there's one piece, or even an entire sentence that you don't apprehend. Just go on. While you are reading your brain gets trained. It's all about practice. The more books you will read, the more progress you'll do. Emotion: smile
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May I ask what is your native language? Mine is Chinese which make me extra difficult to progress.
Yes that might be right. Sure you can ask.

My native language is german. I'm also learning french and some pieces of spanish which make it easier to me to make progress compared to you, perhaps. Since the european languages are all connected in some ways and one can derive many words from latin which is the origin.
louis8799"As I write these words, and as you read them, people of faith are in their different ways planning your and my destruction, and the destruction of all the hard-won human attainment that I have touched upon.'
I will try to explain this sentence:

As I write these words, and as you read them, The writer of the book is speaking to the reader. He is saying while I write, and while you read... to me it means "all the time," because he has no idea how many people will read his book, and when they will read it.

people of faith - people who practice a religion.

are in their different ways planning your and my destruction,- they are planning to destroy us

the destruction of all the hard-won human attainment - and all our ideals and all the progress of our society

that I have touched upon - that the writer has written about briefly in the book ( before this sentence).
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