phills Posted November 27, 2021 at 01:26 PM Report Share Posted November 27, 2021 at 01:26 PM I just finished 异兽志. It's my first case of measuring intensive reading rather than extensive reading. How does this affect reading speed? beast1: 51.64 mins, 8918 chars, 172.70 cpm; (re-read) not measured beast2-1: 56.19 mins, 9185 chars, 163.46 cpm; (re-read) 49.19 mins, 180.87 cpm beast3: 63.92 mins, 9931 chars, 155.37 cpm beast4: 54.11 mins, 9101 chars, 168.19 cpm beast5: 62.17 mins, 8697 chars, 139.89 cpm beast6-1: 64.70 mins, 9300 chars, 143.74 cpm; (re-read) 75.43 mins, 126.51 cpm beast7: 81.67 mins, 12642 chars, 154.79 cpm beast8: 76.70 mins, 11788 chars, 153.69 cpm beast9: 97.83 mins, 15681 chars, 160.29 cpm Total (first time): 10.15 hrs, 95,243 chars, 156.41 cpm I had to re-read 3 of the 9 chapters. I started out at my normalish 180cpm and found I couldn't understand what I was reading, and had to read each chapter twice. So I decided to slow down from that point on, instead of speeding up. Chapter 6 was particularly that way, I actually read it slower the second time than my first -- fully committing to the Go Slow approach. I decided I couldn't read in 3rd gear (180cpm) with this material. I could only understand it if I read in 1st gear (120) or 2nd gear (150). Plus I needed the forum thread to fully understand the material. Why was the book hard? 1. The language in the book is on the hard side. I gathered 156 vocab words / chengyu from it, or 1 in ~600 chars. For my normal extensive reading, I'm gathering 1 per 1000-2000 chars. As @alantin notes in his correlation, the more words you don't know, the slower you read. (This isn't all the words I don't know / have to guess -- just those I gather, which is a subset.) 2. It uses compact language and is full of elegant phrasing. The explanatory sections were often in 文言文 (the very sections that explain how every thing fits together). Plus there was information hiding with pronouns, words with double meanings etc. 3. The plot itself is complicated and full of (fun) twists. It would hard to understand, and would require backtracking, even in English, if you want to see how all the details fit together. The first reviewer on weread (presumably a native speaker) thought it was confusing too! https://weread.qq.com/web/reader/4d832910718245534d810eb Reading something hard does hurt your confidence. Halfway through, I also went back to drilling characters, because I was frustrated that the reading wasn't coming easy to me, and requiring too much brain power. 迷迷糊糊! 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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