there is definetly a natural knack thing for tells, but it also can be developed i'm pretty sure. I was lucky, tells was my first strong point, it was funny how i'd be able to tell someone their cards, but was too timid to bet at them if they had anything better than me, or when i'd call and tell them what they have and when they show it i'd muck my hand... anyway sorry for that, tells are not signs around a persons neck, i couldn't do the exact same thing twice if i tried, so how could i do it subconsciously? Mike Caros book spells em out if thats what you want, against fish they are recognisable, i don't agree with others saying that it'll only wear you out and get you confused, i'm living proof otherwise. play online and learn to read betting patterns, easier there because thats all there are is numbers, then you can add in actions twitches ect in a live game, one step at a time. rule of thumb though, don't bother with tells in a game thats not serious, if the players don't care reading is a LOT harder to do accurately, and if they don't care prolly not worth much anyway serious about the online thing though, best way to learn, and go with your gut, maybe your better at it than you believe you are.