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Wtf is audiate?

I read a post by Never Not Reading called I didn’t know I was reading wrong, awhile ago. I had never heard of the term audiate. According to Wikipedia, Audiation is a term Gordon coined in 1975 to refer to comprehension and internal realization of music, or the sensation of an individual hearing or feeling sound when it is not physically present. So to apply this theory to reading, audiate is when you ‘hear’ yourself speaking, in your mind, when you read to yourself. Wait, people don’t do this? Never Not Reading said that speed-readers don’t audiate, that’s how they read so fast. How is that possible? I can always hear myself when I read. I’m doing it right now as I type this. Even if someone is texting me, I will read their message and automatically ‘hear’ it in their voice and accent, in my head. Or if I’m reading fiction, I will give each character an accent or voice, in my mind. For example I read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (I reviewed it here) in January. I had originally started this story by listening to it on an audio book. It was an audio book read by Neil Gaiman himself, who would give each character their own accent as he read their dialogue. So when I continued to read this story as an ebook, I would read it and ‘hear’ Neil Gaiman’s voice and accents in my mind.

Do you audiate when you read? If so, do you feel it’s slowing down your reading? Do you only read and ‘hear’ in your ‘voice’ or do you have a plethora of accents and voices?

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉
Charlie