john at castleamber.com
Mon Sep 20 14:31:05 CEST 2010
Steven D'Aprano <steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au> writes:
> spelling or grammatical errors and clumsy writing. *Especially* the
> spelling errors, they have about the same effect on her reading speed as
> a tree trunk lying across a Formula 1 race track.
Spelling errors are a disaster, somehow they stand out like they use
Comic Sans Bold and red ink. Most likely because they break the
pattern. I seem to find them more and more often in the books I read,
maybe because I use English (my second language) more and more.
As for speed reading, there are many levels to do this: one can call
scanning a page really fast left-right, moving as fast to the bottom as
possible speed-reading, or reading each and every sentence just as fast
as possible speed reading. The faster one goes, the more is lost.
The total # of pages in Harry Potter seems to be just over 4000 . If
an afternoon is 4 hrs, this means 1000 pages an hour, or 17
pages/minute. One has to do skimming to read that fast.
With 250 words/page the reading speed would be over 4K words/minute,
which would make your wife a serious competitor for Anna Jones (4.7K
words/minute, 67% comprehension, see )
In my native language I read just above 1 page a minute, if the pages
are not too dense I can do sometimes 2. In English I can often get close
to 1 page a minute, except with books that are quite dense (think
fantasy). So I guess around 300-350 wpm in Dutch, 250 wpm in English
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