What language is the best for speedreading
I was always interested in speed reading.
Speed reading has long been a skill peddled by supposed experts, andrecently a slew of cheap apps claiming to teach the technique have put it back in the spotlight. So, let’s take a look at the claims of speed readers if it’s really possible to read 1,200 words a minute.
Most of us tend to read at about 200–400 words per minute. Speed readers claim to hit around 1000–1700 words per minute. To get a better idea of whether these claims have research to back them up, I spoke with professor and eye tracking researcher Keith Rayner from the University of California, San Diego.
In this article I’ll show you different languages examples of some simple statements.
Assumption: If you have less characters in what you want to read, you’ll read it quicker.
What I want to translate:
English language: 246 characters
initialize passes to zero
initialize failures to zero
initialize student to one
while student counter is less than or equal to ten
add one to student counter
print the number of passes
print the number of failures
if eight or more students passed
Spanish: 267 characters
inicializar pases a cero
inicializar fallos a cero
inicializar estudiante a uno
mientras contador de estudiante es menor o igual a diez
añadir una a la lucha contra estudiante
imprimir el número de pasadas
imprimir el número de fallos
de ocho o más estudiantes pasado
Hindi 274, Arabic 167, Korean 107, Japanese 96, Thai 246, Indonesian 273, French 256, Romanian 248, German 295
I guess that reading those 71 characters in Chinese is almost as close to difficulty as reading them in Germany.