How Do We Visualize Words?

  • Do you visualize words?
  • To spell and read well you need to see still words.
  • Fluent readers store whole words in their brains.  
  • To spell easily you need to be able to do the same.

Most people develop the skill of storing whole words in their brains naturally. But some people don’t, and the confusion leads to literacy challenges.  The harder they try, the more confused they are, and the letters may start moving around the page.

If you find spelling and reading easy, try this:

  • Do you see words in your imagination?
  • Where in your visual field are they?  High, low, on the right / left?
  • See the word cat.  If this is easy, try balloon.  If this is easy, try sophisticated.

If you’re good at spelling and reading, this exercise will be easy.  You see the letters and spell the words.  This is how it should be.  It works in any language at any age.

But if you cannot visualise words like this,  you will spell and read with difficulty.  If you have dyslexia, the letters may be moving, having a party!  Just imagine stopping them – like the car you imagined stopping for the red traffic light in the previous exercise.

If you have difficulties with literacy, the skill of visualising words is very easy to learn.   It is highly likely that no teacher taught you this at school.  Even today teachers at schools and educational institutions still have no understanding of how people’s brains work.   Anyone can apply for a teaching job, but not everyone will study the works of the brain before or after they get the job!  But nowadays the understanding of how our brains work can be taught to anyone at any age in any language in minutes.   People who struggle with literacy challenges are immensely visual, but are often stuck in the mode of moving pictures.