How To Learn English Through Picture Books

Jun 16, 2021

English is a global language with a massive international speaker base. This is the reason that parents across the globe give so much priority to make their children proficient in the language. In this context, they look for numerous methods of teaching. Learning through picture books certainly is the most effective way available. Things can be made much easier to learn the language through picture books upon taking the following points into account.

Teach commonly used words for learning alphabets:

This is certainly one of the traditional ways of learning English, especially the letters. The best part about the method for the learner is that a learner can easily remember the respective word in English. For example, ‘Thank you’ is a commonly used phrase in English for appreciating or showing gratitude. Using the picture book can easily comprehend the learner about the phrase.

Interestingly, one can make this learning process in alphabetic order as well. For example, one can learn the terms like ‘Astonishment,’ ‘Apartment,’ and ‘Apple,’ etc., for the letter ‘A.’ Similarly, the pictures of ‘Ball,’ ‘Bravery,’ ‘Bowling,’ etc., can be learned through picture books for the letter ‘B.’

Learning tense through the pictures:

Learning the concepts of tense in English is certainly one of the most challenging aspects for any learner. The challenge associated with this learning can be made easier upon depicting things in the form of pictures. For example, the sentence ‘Sam goes to school’ can be presented in one kind of view, and ‘Sam is going to school’ or ‘Sam was going to school’ can be presented in different views.
This way, it becomes easier for the learner to learn the specific use of tenses.

Learning through comparisons:

Words in English can be easily learned by making a comparative analysis. Understanding the usage of ‘Big v Small,’ ‘Good v Bad,’ ‘Large v Tiny,’ etc. could be learned in a much better fashion through the pictures or picture books than any other method. Not just the comparison of things, objects, or goods is easy; it also becomes easy to learn the comparison between two people as well through pictures. For example, pictures or picture books can be incredible in order to understand the difference between tall and dwarf, fat and thin, etc. The best part about the process is that one can easily remember things better with this strategy than any other way.

Learning about the Mathematics:

Additions, subtractions, multiplications, etc., can be learned in a much efficient way through pictures or picture books. One may understand the literal meanings of these terms through a dictionary. However, when it comes to comprehending the actual usage or application of the terms, there is certainly no better way available than taking the help of a picture book. Similar is the case about volumetric analysis as well. Pictures or pictorial depictions can indeed make things easier to learn their usage. Even native English speakers take the help of these books in order to understand the right use of these terms.

Learning adjectives:

Words meant for adjectives in English can indeed be learned in a better way through picture books. The terms used for something very deep, very tall, very bright, etc., can be learned and remembered better through the help of pictures or pictorial books, rather than just mugging things up. This strategy can be used for learning synonyms for different terms as well.

Learning the prepositions:

Needless is to say, how confusing is the use of prepositions in the English language. Even the experts in the language commit mistakes when it comes to using the correct prepositions at the correct place. Specifically, the distinctions in the usage of prepositions like ‘on’ and ‘over, ‘in’ and ‘under’ can be learned better through the use of the right kind of pictures. People who get confused about the usage of prepositions to depict time and date can find things much easier through pictures or picture books. Similarly, when it comes to using multiple prepositions in one sentence, there is nothing better than taking the help of pictures. For example, one may use ‘in the class,’ ‘at the corner seat,’ etc. in one sentence. These things can indeed be learned or comprehended in a better way through the help of picture books. All other ways of learning things are indeed complex.

To learn the words related to cost:

One of the major benefits of using pictorial books is that it makes things easier for an absolute beginner in the English language to learn well. The words meant for very expensive, very cheap, premium, budget, etc., can be confusing if someone just remembers. On the other hand, picture books certainly make things easier by providing comparative analysis. Similar is the case about depicting the quantities as well. Not just about the amounts, pictures can certainly make things easier when it comes to finding the words for numbers as well.

Learning the antonyms:

Every English learner wants to learn as many words as it is possible in a quick time. In this context, the best strategy often recommended by the English teachers is to learn the antonyms for the same term. Upon getting the antonym of a specific term, one can manage to learn two words under one context. In short, the speed of learning words can be doubled. However, this strategy of using the traditional or literal ways can be really tough. On the other hand, picture books can make things much easier for learning. For example, in comparison to simply mugging up the words like short for tall, big for small, etc. can be better understood using the pictures of picture books than following traditional methods.


The bottom line is that the English learning approach can be made much realistic and comprehendible through the help of picture books, rather than simply remembering the same. It doesn’t just make the learner remember the word, but also makes the learner get confident about its usage as well. Specifically, for the kids learning English for the first time or foreigners learning it for professional purpose can find this approach much effective.


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