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Reading is one of the main ways we use to absorb information, and being able to read fast is something that most of us would like. If you could read 100% faster, for instance, you would read twice as many books every year, or the newspaper twice as fast every morning.

The problem is that most speed reading tricks and techniques never work as promised.

This week I came across a video explaining a trick that surprised me though. It takes some time to get used, but once you do I am sure you will feel a tangible increase in the speed that you read. Here is the video:


The basic idea is that you need to stop reading with your larynx (i.e., trying to pronounce each word as you go, even if just mentally) and start reading with your eyes (i.e., the information is processed by the brain immediately as you see it).

The trick to shift from one to the other is try pronounce something as you read, like “aeiou” or “123.” Sounds weird, but for me it worked.


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  1. Thanks for that. I read a ton of books and it would be great to get through them twice as fast. I’ll definitely try and work at this, my ever expanding library requires it!

    Cheers,
    Sean

  2. Fantastic, fantastic video. I love it. I think it worked already. I will need to practice because I am an extremely avid reader, both information online and heaps of books. I am now ready to take my husband on his challenge for a reading race (he is a fast reader but wait til I show him). Seriously, good stuff. Thanks!

  3. I think this may help some people. But for me to be able to take in what I’m reading I have to ‘say’ or think every word to myself. I read every day but probably not enough to be able to see any improvement in my speed.

  4. Interesting; i haven’t seen this method before and will give it a go. Of course it will take some practice, but it’s bothering me that i read more slowly than i used to – and i was never a fast reader! I’ve always put that down to having a brain that prefers the visual, which in this method will help instead of hinder.

    (I don’t imagine it’s useful when you need to remember the specific wording, say when learning quotations for an essay.)

    Thanx for posting. :0)

  5. I’ll definitely give this a try. It sounds like kind of the same principle for typing faster, going from thinking each letter as you type to thinking words as you type to thinking a phrase as you type and just registering through your eyes and not worrying about comprehending. I’m going to share about this on my Friday “Things I Learned This Week” post with a link back here.

  6. I think because the throat that it is made and used me to always use that gain is got rid of, this kind of technology mentioned will be suitable for me. It is what I do not know well that this is analogous to, but Il spends time testing this scheme read fast.

  7. Very cool! I like 1234 better than the vowels. I used the technique to speed read the rest of these comments and it worked! In the beginning I had to read the sentence 2x but after awhile I was looking for the main words and skipping some but still understood the sentence or paragraph.

  8. I’ve heard of a ton of different methods for speed reading. One of the big things all of them preach is word recognition; not pronouncing the word, but just seeing the word and recognizing it. I actually think AEIOU flows better than 123. For stuff like reading blogs or reviews, this technique seems really useful, but I’d be hessitant to use it for very technical things (I’m a chemist; I couldn’t read an SOP like this and expect to get it right).

    On the other hand, it’s kind of like touch typing. At first it’s hard use the “home keys.” After you get used to using the home keys you slowly stop looking at the keyboard to type. Finally, you get where you can type without looking at the keyboard and your typing speed is really a function of how quickly you want to go and how complex the words you are using are.

    Blake Waddill

  9. Wow I never knew that I am using three senses or organs to read a word. This is really informative. Would love to try this on weekends and will share with my nephews as well so that there reading speed can increase.

  10. I am definitely going to do this. I read really slow. I was speaking to our school librarian and told her I read 3 books this summer. Hey that is really good for me. She read 50! I can not believe she read 50 books in 10 weeks.

    So you can see I can use this. I am also going to add this to my blog and give Daily Blog Tips as the place where I found this.

    Thanks for another great post.

  11. yeah this just hits the spot. i always try to pronounce each word, but the more i think about it, the ridiculous it seems.

    but i still don’t think that this will be any help, because reading headlines doesn’t take any time at all and if the content is good, there’s no feeling of time-loss there.

  12. Bloggers need to learn speed reading so that it can help them to save their time whenever do blog commenting.Well,I think it is a vital subject to be discussed then if this thing got a lot of cooperate from bloggers who are writing the post,well it can help a lot for them to save time and get a same result for the effort.

  13. Will go with Stefan above. To me it’s too much distracting.

    I ‘m not sure how this can increase the speed. I am trying to comprehend something else and speaking something else. So my brain is processing two piece of different information at the same time, looks like instead of increasing it may result in decreasing my speed!

  14. I tried reading a few sentences but didn’t really get the text even though I could see the words. I’m guessing this is not a great method when you are studying or trying to learn something interesting.

  15. I thought everyone knew that, that is a main problem with reading – most of people need to pronounce words in their head, every letter…

    I didn’t knew about the exercise, 1234 sounds worth of trying .. aeiou sounds hard to pronounce over and over lol

  16. Thanks for bringing this up. I’ve been practicing reading out loud for years; in fact it makes my reading slow. It’s a great timing because I wanted to change this habit gradually. I think the technique mentioned will be applicable to me since it won’t get rid the use of larynx which I always use. This is pretty new to me but I’ll take time to try this speed reading trick. Just out of curiosity, how much time did it take you to master this trick?ss

  17. Thanks for posting this. I do a lot of reading everyday, but I’m very slow probably closer to the 125 WPM. If I can accelerate my reading I could save a ton of time. I think I’ll work on this everyday for the next month and see if I can improve my reading skills.

  18. I started doing this a long time ago and while it’s great for scanning news or a book, you have to be careful with emails. Sometimes your brain will process what it thinks is one word and it can make a HUGE difference if you’re a letter or two off. Definitely helpful for catching up on the news and social media sites, though.

  19. Thanks for posting this. I’m going to devote some time to trying to become better at using this method of accelerated reading. I may also share this video with some of my readers because it really is amazing.

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