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Are you Dyslexic... in Chinese?

Posted by tvan May 14, 2008 in the Group General Discussion.

I just ran across a web site (http://www.lsesnet.com/blog/?p=63) describing the symptoms of dyslexia in the Chinese language.  They are as follows:

1.  Confusion with similar looking Chinese characters;

2.  difficulty in understanding that the same Chinese character can have multiple meanings;

3.  inability to comprehend that different characters may have the same pronunciation, but different tones and/or the same pronunciation, but different meanings.

4.  reversal problems with writing Chinese , i.e. difficulty in reading Chinese radicals vertically or horizontally; and

5.  problems in the proper sequences of strokes when writing Chinese characters.

Based on the above, I have come to the realization that, if I'm not dyslexic (in Chinese), I certainly suffer from all of the symptoms. 

BTW, the solution involves learning Chinese at a young age (too late!), using pinyin (like that helps), studying character morphology (uuuhhhh), and/or writing one gadzillion characters per day (my Chinese teacher's favored solution).  

 Is there anybody else on this site suffering the above symptoms... do you have additional symptoms to add... or is it just me?

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