Also it helps to learn vocabulary every day in the drops app for example. 🙂
I will just take the first part of the question.
How to read faster.
Hold book farther away from your face.
Remove any distractions.
Focus on the subject you are reading about.
If you are not a native speaker this focus will help you to guess what a word might be.
I would immerse myself in these information or try as hard as I could to imagine what it would be like. If I read a story, I like to try to role play in my mind and imagination to understand the characters on a deeper level. I was inspred by my literature teacher in secondary school in reading this way. The light novel series "Bungaku shoujo -Literature girl" also insored me in this way.
This will surely take time and effort
Practice a daily reading routine for two weeks
You will be able to read faster and more efficiently
1) Read a lot of books when ever you can — practicing reading helps you learn the words. If you dont know the word, write it down and either look it up as you go, or book mark the word you wrote down and look it up later.
2) Read aloud. — In the morning when your memory is most absorbing, or before bed. It can be a calming or an exiting practice based on the type of passage you choose. Calming ones like poems help me go to sleep 🙂 Webcomics are another fun thing to read aloud! giving each character its own voice keeps it fresh
3) Converse with native speakers! — This can be a fun way to learn; weather it be over the phone or just with a friend!
4) Remember to take it slow! — If you go too fast, you might miss a word you aren’t well versed in, and have to go back to relearn it. this usually isnt too troubling, but it helps in the long run to start slow.
This will help you a lot, and with the passage of time you will be very fast reader
It all burns down to practice. Start with short forms and then expand as your vocabulary grows and develops. Eyes also need time to develop o recognize foreign shapes and patterns.
In general, consider reading texts you've already before in the new language. For example, take the book in the new language, along with a dictionary and start reading. It's that simple. Good luck to you 👍