It’s estimated that around 15% of English speakers are dyslexic but only 7% of Chinese speakers. Does this mean that most dyslexics would be better off upping sticks and moving east to cut our chances of being dyslexic in half?
If only things were that easy. As we have heard in many a Codpast interview dyslexia goes much deeper than just reading and writing. It’s interesting though that reading images that have predetermined sounds, rather than reading a collection of sounds, which you then have to decipher to create a word seems to have an effect on reading ability.
Here we see the word “Straight” in both languages. In Chinese, a single syllable is represented by one character. In this example, the English uses nine characters for one syllable.
I actually read and speak some Chinese, and I remember that in the part of my dyslexia test where I had to replace numbers with symbols and read those symbols back at speed I did exceptionally well. Have a look at this article to read more about this subject.
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