Saturday, October 03, 2020

Why you should read this out loud


Why you should read this out loud - BBC Future: “Most adults retreat into a personal, quiet world inside their heads when they are reading, but we may be missing out on some vital benefits when we do this…Today, silent reading is the norm. The majority of us bottle the words in our heads as if sitting in the hushed confines of a library. Reading out loud is largely reserved for bedtime stories and performances. But a growing body of research suggests that we may be missing out by reading only with the voices inside our minds. The ancient art of reading aloud has a number of benefits for adults, from helping improve our memories and understand complex texts, to strengthening emotional bonds between people. And far from being a rare or bygone activity, it is still surprisingly common in modern life. Many of us intuitively use it as a convenient tool for making sense of the written word, and are just not aware of it. Colin MacLeod, a psychologist at the University of Waterloo in Canada, has extensively researched the impact of reading aloud on memory. He and his collaborators have shown that people consistently remember words and texts better if they read them aloud than if they read them silently. This memory-boosting effect of reading aloud is particularly strong in children, but it works for older people, too. “It’s beneficial throughout the age range,” he says…”

Translators Versus Writers

If I don’t write this novel, no one else will. No one will know what hasn’t been written. If I don’t translate Calasso, someone else will quickly replace me. – New York Review of Books

A is for Automation: A book to prepare your children for the future of work : Quartz – Here’s how it works, kid: “When you’re young, you just play, / But things will start changing, / You’ll start working one day / Sure, the future is murky, / The job market’s unclear, / But if you can stay nimble, / You have nothing to fear / Let’s review the future of work, / From letters A to Z, / It won’t be so frightening, / Just you see…. “[the article includes an audio version of the “A for Automation” read by Anne Quito]