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18 June 2014 @ 04:18 am
I'm procrastinating and I found a site with book/reading memes and questions  
So I'm gonna answer one.

Do you remember learning to read? What’s your earliest reading memory?

I learnt to read in two separate times. Actually, I don't remember not knowing how to read (as in understand the words, not being able to read them aloud): my memories before I was 4 are almost none-existent. And what I remember from early childhood is mostly books I've read, music I've heard and games I've played at the time. Basically, I read everything I could put my hands on, mostly children's books (since they were conveniently placed in the lowest shelves) and manga and comics (since they were in another bookcase and I had an easy access to it). I had a big preference for the visual encyclopedia and illustrated educational books though, and comics.

Learning to read aloud was another story though and it's blurry in my mind, but my father told me about it and it's quite funny. So, at the time, the teachers used the whole language approach (vs phonics). At first it seemed like I had no difficulties (and I remember having no difficulties to read aloud compared to my classmates), but my father discovered that it was trickier than that XD

He told me that once he randomly asked me to read to him a lesson we had done like a few months ago, and I couldn't. Which puzzled him because I could answer any question about the text (I could understand it, I just couldn't read the words aloud. You know, like knowing a kanji, its meaning but not how to pronounce it) and I could read the recent lessons without any difficulties, as if I really knew how to read.

Then, he made me read every lesson I had done, from the recentest to the oldest and discovered that I hadn't really learnt to read. I was merely memorizing the lessons by heart and reciting them, so as long as he didn't go back too far, I could recite them perfectly.

After that, when he was getting back from work, he taught me the phonics and it took me about one week to memorize them and eventually being really able to read. Ah, my memory was such a great sponge at the time XD

And also, since I'm speaking about books, here for the next part of my writing assignment.

Chapter 4: Finally...

The reading room is beautifully decorated: armchairs as far as the eye can see, I see they are of every colors: blue, red, green... But also, the lights come from purple-red lamps. I can even seat down, I can't decide which I should seat in. Everything seems so beautiful. Well, I'm going to use the farthest one, it seems perfect.

"It's 7pm, the library closes, please proceed to the exit, thanks."

Already 7pm! My mom is worried, I need to go home. I'll maybe go to the counter to check the book out. Anyway, I have to get out fast. I'm at the G [section of the library]. Fast! F... E... D... C...B... A. Ouch! A door! I lift my head and see on the door I just knock my head on: a notice "exit" on it. Phew, I'm out before the closure.

The book: Virus L.IV.3, I don't like it very much. During the book, the science-fiction becomes a police investigation but also love: at a point, Allis [main character and narrator] throws herself in Lund's arms. But usually, I love reading because I find that the scenarios that catch my eyes are really fascinating, but this, I don't know if one day, I will read it to the end. At least, I got a small preview. Here's the house. Ah!!! Now that I think about it: when exiting the library, I was too eager to get out and forgot to borrow the book!!!

OMG! What the hell with the last paragraph. Anyway, I think I meant: I usually love reading, because I've never dislike a book whose scenario caught my eyes in the first place. Geez, this is so awkward and an awfully clumsy writing XD Anyway, only the epilogue left o/
Mood: giddygiddy
Music: 下村陽子 - Up Down Adventure
     Mandy: Eleven - Write That Downa_phoenixdragon on June 18th, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
LOL!! My eldest pulled the same trick, really. Once we learned what he was doing we worked our way around it. *GRINS*

Ohhh!! LOVE THE UPDATE!! You are too hard on yourself, lovie. *Beams*

Luoluorescence on June 18th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
Children can be quite crafty, right? *cackles* Anyway, what's important is that the trick was discovered before it became a real handicap.

I'm not. My writing wasn't that bad but it's so clumsy it's kinda unnerving. Also, it'd be so easy to make something better out of it XD


Ms. Clever: Pencilsirishvampire13 on June 18th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
I know that I certainly couldn't read when I started kindergarten, and I remember the learning process, but I can't remember actually not knowing how.
Luo: Gengarluorescence on June 18th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
Ah memory, what a wonderful thing it is. It's fascinating to see what people can remember or not :)
Fealilia_purpurea on June 18th, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)
My most vivid memory about leaning how to read is this one : We used phonics, I had learnt the basics in kindergarten and then when I arrived in 1st grade the first time the teacher made us read something, we had to read it alone first, and I had a problem with a word so I asked her to help me, and she told me to "make [my] sounds" and left. I was puzzled, and then she showed us her method to read and it was to make a gesture for each sound. I don't know if it helped me but I learnt pretty easily from what I remember...
Luo: Mordinluorescence on June 18th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting way to teach it, wow! I guess it help if you have that kind of memory but I don't think it works for everyone.
Fealilia_purpurea on June 18th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
After asking my mom, I actually first learnt to read with her when I was very little, using phonics, and then at school she thinks we used semi-whole language method (idk if it's actually how you say it in English, but méthode semi-globale). So yeah first you recognize the words and if you don't you use phonics.
Azzie's corner of madness: Naomiflowsoffire on June 26th, 2014 08:28 pm (UTC)
Whoa ^_^ You sound like a super clever kid! I love the knowing-lessons-by-heart thing. Huge memories ftw, I used to freak my mother out because I knew by heart stuff like Pokemon lists from a poster I had and would give you the matching Pokemon if you gave me a number from 1 to 100 ;) *high fives*

I don't have any memories of not knowing how to read, either, but then again I have very few memories of my early childhood *shrugs* My mother always told me I pretty much taught myself—I asked her how reading was done, and she roughly said "b+a = ba" and I figured out the rest. Sounds weird, but I'll take her word for it… XD So I have no clue about learning methods really…

Yay for writing progress (very late! ;P)! All the love for libraries :)