ReadingBBC Teach > Skillswise > EnglishFind out how you can read and understand text, skim and scan documents and discover other people's reading habits.The sounds of EnglishEnglish has about 40 sounds. Each can be written in several ways. For instance ‘f’, ‘ff’ or ‘ph’.Recognising letters and wordsWhat helps in recognising letters and words?Types of textsWhy learn about types of text?Dictionaries and IndexesWhy use dictionaries and indexes? Use alphabetical order to look up words quickly in dictionaries and indexes.Skimming and scanningWhy use skimming and scanning? Speed read or skim text to get the gist.Fact or OpinionWhy learn about fact and opinion? People often try to present opinion as fact. Look for clues in the language.Reading and UnderstandingWhy learn about reading and understanding? Really understanding text means more than just reading all the wordsReading For PleasureReading for pleasure means any reading that is mainly for enjoyment.