You reading Japanese? Great. You want to read faster? Of course you do. Who doesn’t want to gain more enjoyment and knowledge for less time required. Learning to read fast requires the same technique in all languages, but sometimes we have these techniques so ingrained into our native language, we forget how we learned to read at a faster pace.
Well I’m here to remind you. Or maybe you never read fast in English in the first place. Here are a few simple tips for taking up your speed a few notches.
5. Read more
I’ll just start with the obvious. The more you read, the more you increase your vocabulary and familiarity with the language and the infinite variations of how it can appear.
4. Quiet your inner voice
The internal voicing (subvocalization) of words in your head slows you down, and limits your reading speed to your talking speed.
3. Chew gum
Yup. That’s it. Chewing gum decreases subvocalization, which increases speed.
2. Remove doubt
Often times we tend to re-read sentences because there is a lingering feeling that we didn’t fully grasp what they meant. While this will actually be true sometimes, it often is not the case, and a mere wavering of confidence.
1. Read words together, not alone
Reading one word at a time is fine in the beginning. But it is a major limiter as you get better. Your reading speed will increase as you evolve though the following:
Read a few words at a time >>> Read a group of words at a time >>> Read one line at a time >>> Read a few lines at a time
Rather than focusing on the individual parts, you need to absorb the whole.
Practice and develop the habit
All of this requires practice and conscious effort on your part to develop a faster reading habit. But keep at it, and I guarantee you’ll notice your pace picking up. However I would only start worrying about this for Advanced levels and up. In the earlier stages you want to go slower, getting everything right, and work on developing accuracy.
Other reading techniques?
Have you used any of these techniques successfully? Or do you want to share some of your own that you’ve used to shift into a higher gear?
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