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I am a native English speaker who loves languages.

Should I give up reading in my languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, German) for the 6 months I will be prepping the GMAT?

I can see how any high-quality material would be beneficial so long as I am using it to practice RC techniques.

Any thoughts?

Any recommendations on high-quality newspapers in the above languages?

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Interesting question. I haven't had any experience with this myself or with any of my students, so this is just speculation. But my sense is that the point of reading for pleasure while you study for the GMAT is to build your reading speed and confidence, and get yourself familiar with quickly analyzing the structure of a passage. If you already read a lot, you probably already have pretty good skills in those areas. So there's no reason to dramatically change your habits now. Keep reading in whatever way makes you happy! :)
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Interesting question. I haven't had any experience with this myself or with any of my students, so this is just speculation. But my sense is that the point of reading for pleasure while you study for the GMAT is to build your reading speed and confidence, and get yourself familiar with quickly analyzing the structure of a passage. If you already read a lot, you probably already have pretty good skills in those areas. So there's no reason to dramatically change your habits now. Keep reading in whatever way makes you happy! :)


I always analyze the structure of passages given my background as an interpreter and translator. Thus, I think I shouldn't worry about the languages as long as I am practicing RC and using high-quality material regarding business, economics, science, etc.

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Hi derekmbenjamin,

Is there any specific strategy that you follow when you are going through
a passage with a lot of details. I often get lost in the details and till every
single detail doesn't make perfect sense to me, I am not able to move on.

This leads to timing issues and more often that not, leads to a overall score decrease
(because of shortage of time for the other sections of the test in the Verbal Section)

Thanks in advance!
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