Reading quickly (at the speed of sound) is much better than reading slowly. That’s the counterintuitive conclusion I arrived at after opening the children’s book ‘Barbar’ (the story about elephants (translated into Japanese)) recently.
It’s much simpler than the material I’d been using. It is a child’s book. But here’s what happened. I went through it carefully, one word at a time. When I didn’t immediately recognize a word, I slowed down. That’s only natural, isn’t it?
But then, when I came to word that I didn’t know, I stopped completely. I shut the book!
There’s a lesson in that.