Inspired by the “Visualizing Words” thread and just for fun.
When I read normally, I “hear” each word as I read it. However, when I speed read, I don’t hear any of the words, I just seem to absorb their meaning.
This is also true of certain physical skills. When I first started to use a keyboard, I spelled each word to myself as I typed it. Now, I just think the word and it happens on the page, but I’m still “hearing” each word as I type it.
One of my regular clients of my computer geek side business is a medical transcriptionist and she types ridiculously fast. She listens to her headphones with eyes closed and types away like mad and only reads what she has typed after she finishes. She said she never thinks about what she is doing, she just listens and it happens.
Brains are interesting.
Anyone else have similar or different experiences with words?