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Can People Really Learn to 'Speed Read'?

Nov 30, 2019
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I learned speed reading in 7th grade AP. 1000 wpm/90%-1500 wpm/80% comprehension. 5k skim/scan. Down side-novels don't last long.
 
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Nov 27, 2019
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I started an on-line speed-reading course many years ago. The techniques I learned improved my reading speed by about 15% in a handful of lessons. The ideas expressed in this opinion piece are just that - opinion. If I had stuck with it, I feel I could have improved at least 25%. Unfortunately, the lessons weren't that much fun, so I bailed out before really solidifying those results. The idea in the lessons: train your mind to read multiple words at once. We are taught from a very early age to read - and sound out - one word at a time. As we get older, this habit remains, to the point of mentally repeating every word we read. Changing our reading habits to simply reading (and not repeating) multiple words - sometimes whole sentences - at a time is the difference. Unless reading very dense text, reading and understanding all the words rarely matters, so skimming is OK. This is not the first time science hasn't revealed something we inherently know to be true. And it certainly doesn't prove that speed-reading is impossible!
 
Nov 26, 2019
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In my earlier years, speed reading was an in-thing to do. It was "viewed" as looking more efficient in completing your reading/homework. At that time, our class had reported their comprehension or lack there of, declining to 70-80%. These were studies carried out in 1982/83, in years 8, 9 and 10. By the time most had hit year 11, most had reported of reading at the preferred "normal" speed. Of course, our marks of final papers and exams had gone up also.

My comment is a fact of what did happen at schools in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was also to see what students comprehension of the English language is (and was) as well as grammar in general.
 
Nov 28, 2019
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One of the secrets to faster reading is to use multiple languages in your studies and communications. I worked out with my study group an improvement on 12 progressive steps for training. I published the Manual in Portuguese in 1984 for the first time. With this system it was possible to gather the materials that took me through 60 years to gravitational machines.
 
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One of the secrets to faster reading is to use multiple languages in your studies and communications. I worked out with my study group an improvement on 12 progressive steps for training. I published the Manual in Portuguese in 1984 for the first time. With this system it was possible to gather the materials that took me through 60 years to gravitational machines.
define what you exactly mean by multiple languages?
 
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Using other languages to communicate means just that - you read faster when you're first interested in understanding each other because that's how you will "read" faster what the "book" wants to tell. Americans consistently refuse visitors to speak in other languages. And they do not go deeper into teaching the American Dream because they always require them to speak English when Latin grew and dominated because it embraced the better words of others.
 
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Using other languages to communicate means just that - you read faster when you're first interested in understanding each other because that's how you will "read" faster what the "book" wants to tell. Americans consistently refuse visitors to speak in other languages. And they do not go deeper into teaching the American Dream because they always require them to speak English when Latin grew and dominated because it embraced the better words of others.
Everyone needs to know what the other is communicating. If it's not in English then communication on all levels begin to fall. I also know a few other european languages but my 1st will be always English. I make this comment from personal experience - people speaking a "foreign" language of any sort, speaker faster. Their comprehension is a lot slower.
 
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EXCUSE MY GRAMMATIC FAILURES
YOU commented:
I also know some other European languages, but my first one will always be English. I make this comment from personal experience - people who speak a "foreign" language of any kind speak faster. Their understanding is much slower.
I agree with you. Understanding what is said in another language takes time to mentally translate into English. When you get used to thinking with the other language as well, your understanding grows as you add synonyms to your words with some variants of understanding from different angles.
This is how I went further to find the gravitational machines I am offering: they are the sum of physical principles that I add to this force (inertia) described in physics as weak force, obeying Newton's second and third laws.
And today my difficulty lies in getting people who can use my inventions to broaden their thinking to embrace the "new" solution that is above their standards of understanding.
 
Nov 26, 2019
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EXCUSE MY GRAMMATIC FAILURES
YOU commented:
I also know some other European languages, but my first one will always be English. I make this comment from personal experience - people who speak a "foreign" language of any kind speak faster. Their understanding is much slower.
I agree with you. Understanding what is said in another language takes time to mentally translate into English. When you get used to thinking with the other language as well, your understanding grows as you add synonyms to your words with some variants of understanding from different angles.
This is how I went further to find the gravitational machines I am offering: they are the sum of physical principles that I add to this force (inertia) described in physics as weak force, obeying Newton's second and third laws.
And today my difficulty lies in getting people who can use my inventions to broaden their thinking to embrace the "new" solution that is above their standards of understanding.
Thank you for your further explanation and clarifying. So, going back to your gravitational machine (invention), how have you tried marketing this?
 
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You said:

Thanks for further explanation and clarification. So back to your gravitational machine (invention), how did you try to market it?

I answer:

I searched for three lines of stakeholders - governments and official knowledge entities; companies that produce, trade or consume a lot of energy; offices that claim to be inventor patent specialists. In the first place there was silence even without accusing my communication or forwarding to anyone they deemed competent. I understood that they did not believe I had this knowledge. By the way I was approached by some knowledge pirates wanting to see. In these cases I pretended to accept demonstration and all were clear that they would seize knowledge without any promise of recognition. One declared as a patent registrar denied having an interest in securing my rights by explaining that they earned more by waiting for inventions to fall into the public domain to sell to companies. I ended these robbery attempts by implying that there was still a large investment that would have to come to me to complete, and they disappeared.

What I seek is to be able to show in the United States, the only country that I still consider interested in truth, prosperity, meritocracy and respect for private property.
 

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