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Old 06-28-2012, 12:53 AM
 
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I read every once in a while through the years and mostly watched tv. I am 28 never completed college.
I was just looking online about reading test and I took a 3rd grade SOl reading test and i failed it. I was so shocked and I thought I would apply for mental retardation. Sometimes I read a book and if I keep getting lost i give up. Or if there are so many vocabulary words I don't now I give up.
I try to read adult books sometimes and I get so overwhelmed with how many big words I have to look up. Sometimes I understand Danielle Steel books even though they are corny sometimes. and I also under Nicholas Sparks, or Brian Keene. They don't use that many big words.
My question is, how do I improve my reading comprehension and vocabulary. Should I study 100 before I read a book or what?
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Your vocabulary cannot be that lacking if you use words like comprehension, retardation and completed and spell them correctly too !

Personally to me reading is first and foremost a pleasure so I would simply find books which interest me. No point reading books you are going to find dull and give up on. I am pretty sure everyone has interests and whatever those might be there are books for you. Reading does indeed improve vocabulary and comprehension but that is rather moot a point if you cannot finish a book because you find it tedious.

I find deep joy and comfort in books and I am never without one ( even at parties !). I love books because they give me an internal freedom, a sense of discovery and expand my mind, taking it in different directions. Books to me are a journey and allow the reader the chance to lose themselves in it. It is about escapism as well as the acquisition of knowledge IMO.

You sound a long way off "mental retardation".
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:04 AM
 
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I agree with Mooseketeer. You may find young adult fiction easier to read too. I know YA fiction can be very popular with adults too so no shame in finding something you like in that area. I know I enjoy YA fiction from time to time. Just find something you like and read that. I totally agree with not trying to read something that you find tedious. Seems like it would make reading less pleasurable.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I don't want to cause offence but is it possible your reading ability is related to dyslexia? You seem pretty eloquent and able to express yourself so you're definitely not stupid. Failing that, practice, practice, practice. Start small and build from there. Harry Potter perhaps? Or short stories? Does your local library have a reading program that could help? Personally I think it's great you want to read and aren't just giving up.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I don't want to cause offence but is it possible your reading ability is related to dyslexia? You seem pretty eloquent and able to express yourself so you're definitely not stupid. Failing that, practice, practice, practice. Start small and build from there. Harry Potter perhaps? Or short stories? Does your local library have a reading program that could help? Personally I think it's great you want to read and aren't just giving up.
Dyslexia is often a common cause in reading "difficulties" and it often goes undetected for years if ever. Hubby is very mildly dyslexic ( His Father was more Dyslexic than he is and His Grand-Dad even more) and after seeing a world specialist when he was in his early teens he has learnt how to cope with it and his writing and reading is really pretty much "normal". It is always look having it checked IMO. Many people spend their entire lives feeling "stupid" and like "under-achievers" when it is simply a question of addressing the issue. There is no harm in investigating I would say.

Good Call !

I agree with you with short stories, always a great way to graduate into longer books. So many out there as well that you can find short stories to fit almost every theme.

I still adore short stories now, people like Maupassant and Saki for example always fill me with reverence and awe as I think it is the most difficult medium to do well as a writer. It really does sort the "men" from the "boys" literary speaking. To create an entire world and plot, characters, places and situations in what is often less than 10 pages is nothing short of a miracle in my opinion.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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I agree with you with short stories, always a great way to graduate into longer books. So many out there as well that you can find short stories to fit almost every theme.

I still adore short stories now, people like Maupassant and Saki for example always fill me with reverence and awe as I think it is the most difficult medium to do well as a writer. It really does sort the "men" from the "boys" literary speaking. To create an entire world and plot, characters, places and situations in what is often less than 10 pages is nothing short of a miracle in my opinion.
Check out Alice Hoffman!
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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Maybe it's actually a problem with memory, since the OP has this exact conversation last year. (I thought it seemed familiar). Mooskateer also gave good advice last time; guess you were wasting your keystrokes.

I don't read that good.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Don't worry about it.
I learned a lot of new words from reading novels- if a word I didn't know bugged me enough, I would look it up in a dictionary. (and I still do that).
Most often, a once unfamiliar word that pops up in several books gradually infers what the meaning is by the way it is used.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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Maybe it's actually a problem with memory, since the OP has this exact conversation last year. (I thought it seemed familiar). Mooskateer also gave good advice last time; guess you were wasting your keystrokes.

I don't read that good.


Aha! Good catch. I have to respond this way, TracySam, since the system refuses to let me plus you.

Pink Aquarius, personally, I think reading is so very important - for fun, for reading instructions, for understanding news about the world - that I think you should consider taking a reading class. I know this won't appeal to you, and maybe you'll think you're too old, but I think in the long run, you'll be grateful and happy that you did.

Meanwhile, try either books for younger readers (like The Hunger Games) or shorter books (like Of Mice and Men) or books with easy vocabularies (like Property Of). And buy yourself a dictionary, a real book, not just the internet, so that if you're inspired to look up something, it's right there.
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