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Can You Read This?

  1. Aug 18, 2006 #1
    fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.
    Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55% of plepoe can.

    i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.

    I don't know if the 55% is true or not, but it certainly is interesting to note that I could pretty much read it as fast as I read normal text.
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  3. Aug 18, 2006 #2

    Chi Meson

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    I've seen this a couple of time already, but this is the first time I've seen the "55%" part. Speakers in front of an audience of teachers keep bringing this thing up to make any one of dozen points. I think that this phenomenon is true for anyone who reads beyond "elementary" levels. Try "translating" a paragraph from "proper" literature and you will see how it stops working pretty quickly.

    It was studies like this that brought about the "whole language" fiasco creating half a generation that cannot spell.

    Spelling (that is, "phonics") is still important since many words have the same first and last letters. As with most things, people operate in a balance between these two camps (sort of an equilibrium between order and entropy--linguists have borrowed some of our words).
  4. Aug 18, 2006 #3
    Yeah that's really weird man...
    Usually with jumbled words it takes me a while to get the actual word, but that read like normal text for some reason.
    Interesting though :)
  5. Aug 18, 2006 #4


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    I could actually read it faster than I normally read. The mess forces you to mentally step back and not concentrate so much on each letter.

    There's a certain process people go through learning to read, but one of the reasons their reading speed tops out so low is that it's hard to break those habits that helped you learn even after those habits aren't necessary any more.
  6. Aug 18, 2006 #5


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    I'd say the grammar (in the OP's text) is worse than the spelling.
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    55% sounds quite low to me...I mean if someone with my poor english skills can read it, I'd guess most english speakers should be able to do it too...
  8. Aug 20, 2006 #7


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    I could read it at least as fast as normal text; but then, I'm used to translating Hypatia. :biggrin:
  9. Aug 20, 2006 #8
    When i get nervous i tend to read things more slowly for some reason...think my brain slows down, and i start focusing on the spelling, and the structure of the word, maybe when im nervous i need to focus on something to calm down....anyway try reading that sentence when your nervous/under stress maybe? it'll be interesting to see if theres any difference.
  10. Aug 20, 2006 #9
    I don't get it why shouldn't I be able to read English? I could yesterday:wink:
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