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Subvocalization, reading faster, and our new patrons in Japan, China and Taiwan

June 04, 2013

We’ve had a huge amount of new users in Japan, China and Taiwan this week. So a BIG welcome! We have a question for anyone from this part of the world. Our research during the alpha testing period indicated that the focus@will music stream was very effective at reducing something called “subvocalization” when reading. Subvocalization is the habit of reading the words in your mind when you are reading. This is known to slow your reading speed significantly as you can only read as fast as you can talk. Some experts in the field say that up to 20% of all people do this, and often without knowing this is happening. But we have also talked to a number of academics who specialize in Asian languages who tell us that this is more common in Japanese and Chinese. So, if you speak an Asian language and you find you are a slow reader, let us know if focus@will helps you read faster…