Podcast: Why Am I reading more books and watching less TV?

July 28, 2017 - Priscila Pereira


Read more books, Watch less TV

Hey friends how are you doing? In this podcast, I want to talk to you guys about a new habit change that I have recently made in my life, well if you know me, if you watch my videos on YouTube if you have listened to my other podcast episodes I love TV series and I watch many different series.

In the beginning of the year, one of my resolutions was to read at least 12 books and it’s already July and I noticed that I spend a lot of time on TV shows, on different kinds of shows, and don’t get me wrong this is amazing. Watching TV series is a great way to brush up on your speaking skills but I realized that even though I was learning a lot of English I was not learning cool things to apply in my life as a person. I realized I was looking for more things not only entertainment. That’s when I made up my about changing my habits. I decided to balance how many hours I spent watching TV series and dedicate more time to reading books and let me tell you one thing best decision ever.

As I explained I wanted opportunities to grow as a person, learning opportunities. Despite the fact that watching TV shows is a great way to learn you don’t really experience more than that. it’s just an entertaining experience along with the language improvement and I was trying to find a new kind of activity that could enable me to explore more learning opportunities in terms of improving myself as a person and learning techniques to not only improve my English skills but also improve my personality, my characteristics, the way I deal with my life, the way I teach and how I can contribute to my clients and to you.

So I turned to books. Every day I set aside 1 hour and I fully immerse in books. Now I am not talking about grammar books or vocabulary books,  I’m talking about general books that will inspire me to grow that will inspire me to learn new techniques to deal with everyday challenges.

At first, I was worried that cutting down on TV series would prevent me from working on my intonation and pronunciation and improving my vocabulary and listening skills. But after reading for a month, I noticed a drastic improvement in my vocabulary skills I am reading faster, I can understand information faster, reading is getting easier I’m learning so much vocabulary and using this Vocabulary in my classes when I talk to people in English, when I am making videos and I’m also getting the personal development I was looking for. It’s a win-win!

Now you may be wondering: do I still watch TV series? Absolutely! Of course, I do! I love to watch TV series, however, I am balancing how much time I spend watching TV shows, I’m using my time more productively

So what is my advice for you? In life, everything is better if you balance. So if you currently you do not have time to read but you definitely have time to binge watch TV on weekends, how about changing that habit and maybe start reading for just 10 minutes or even 5 minutes? Small changes bring great results. Now I have some questions for you:

Number one what are the three phrasal verbs used in the second paragraph. What’s the meaning of each phrasal verb?

Number two why did I decide to change my habits?

Number three what did I use to do a lot before starting to read books?

Number four what kind of books am I trying to read?

Number five how long do I read every day?

Number six what’s the meaning of the phrasal verb “set aside” in paragraph 4?

Number seven is a win-win situation?


That is the end of this podcast I hope to see your answers here in the comments if you like this podcast help spread the word and share this podcast with your friends! Thank you so much, guys!

Teacher Prix

Priscila Pereira

Starbucks and TV Series lover: juggling with teaching, blogging, and a YouTube life! I’m teacher Prix and I want to help you talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime in English! This blog is for English speakers who are looking for an effective blog. Get inspired by hundreds of different posts for all English levels, so that you can finally learn English easily and effectively on the internet.

2 thoughts on “Podcast: Why Am I reading more books and watching less TV?

  • Fabiano Rocha

    July 29, 2017 at 09:29

    Number one: The three phrasal verbs used in the second paragraph are:
    1. Brush up
    Meaning: Improve a skill quickly.
    2. Look for (present participle looking for)
    Meaning: Try to find.
    3. Make up (past tense made up)
    Meaning: to prepare or arrange something.

    Number two: You decided to change your habits, because you realized that was looking for more things not only entertainment.

    Number three: Watching TV Series.

    Number four: General books that will inspire you to grow that will inspire you to learn new techniques to deal with everyday.

    Number five: 1 hour.

    Number six: Set aside meaning: to reserve something for someone or some purpose.

    Number seven: A win-win situation is one that is good for everyone who is involved.

    • Priscila Pereira

      August 1, 2017 at 14:40

      Hi Fabiano! How are you? Nice answers! thank you so much for taking the time to reply! The phrasal verb make up is correct, but I just realized I used an expression (make up your mind), which means to decide something 🙂 Other than that, amazing! Great job 🙂


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