Originally Posted by Tilpo
I disagree. Writing a lot, even on things like forums, also works really
well. Sure, reading helps, but it's definitely not necessary.
I have done close to zero reading of what according to you are "real" books, yet I believe my proficiency of the English language is not bad at all.
There are multiple paths to increasing language proficiency, and reading literature is just one of them.
Indeed. That's why I tried to qualify my statement with "as for myself." As soon as I stopped reading as much, I couldn't write as articulately or "flowery" anymore, no matter if I was posting online, writing essays at school or what have you. Reading works best for me personally.
Originally Posted by bowei006
Really? I talk history a lot and you never add on or say anything to my hisotry?
Eh, it was only for one semester between dropping physics and transferring to my current school to do music. I don't have a great desire to discuss history unless I need it in order to make a point relating to the present or the future. Besides, I don't actually know it all detailed or anything, more recent or modern history especially. I used to sometimes read books, usually relating to ancient history, in my free time...I should pick them up again if I can find the time and patience. I got an amazing deal on eBay a few years back for all 11 volumes of Will Durant's Story of Civilization.