Filed Under (UnLearning Difficulties With NLP) on 05-10-2010
People often present to me the issue of being able to read longer words well, but – paradoxically – being stuck on short words. Why is that?
Because many people have words moving as they see them on a page or in their imaginations. The letters are dancing on the page which = that they can’t spell nor read them. Short words tend to be hard because they have fewer letters and the brain tends to “overlook” them – as if to look at them fleetingly and think “I get that” – only to find out that the brain didn’t get it. In contrast, the brain tends to take more time “studying” longer words – as if it wanted to ensure that it reads longer words correctly. Also, in the English language there’re often short words which look very similar, such as on / no, of / off, where / were, was / saw, is / it, dad / bad / dab, bad / bed, etc. Especially in the lower case some letters, such as a, e, s, b, d, i, l, u, v, c, e, o are very similar and can due to this “fleeting” intake of short words by the brain easily be “overlooked” and confused.
So ask the person who you know has this problem with reading whether s/he sees all – especially the short – words still [= not moving]. If the words are moving, the person needs to freeze the action. Once s/he does and the letters and words are still, reading will rapidly improve, because the brain will start perceiving words – long or short – as blocks, or as pictures, in exactly the same way as it would perceive a picture of something.
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