Reading Vs Understanding

April 6, 2009 1:21am CST
What is the difference between reading and understanding. Is the thing which are completely readed is thouroughly understanded as well. How understanding is different from merely reading. Is we can understand any thing without proper reading or without giving much concentration towards this topic. I think reading provides way for well understanding. But for understanding any thing precisely, we need to read it again and again with proper concentration. Otherwise our reading is of no use. Ultimately, our goal is to understand the think because only reading is of no use.
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• United States
6 Apr 09
You can read something and not understand it, you can understand something but not read it, you can do both read and understand something. Reading is a skill, it is the translation of symbols into concepts. For example, the word "tree" is a symbol. Once I learned that the letters in that symbol equaled the tall thing with bark and branches, I could then understand what was written. But words, in and of themselves, are just symbols. If those symbols aren't put together in a meaningful way, then they are incomprehensible. Understanding is a way of manipulating information to gather intent from another source. It is coming to grips with information that is being conveyed to you. You can understand things based on speech and/or writing. I, however, agree with your last point. Reading is great, but without meaningful interaction with the information presented, then, there is no point.
• India
9 Apr 09
Yes, you are right If you know anything good about this skill then please share your opinion here.
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• United States
14 Apr 09
I don't really have an opinion about the skill of reading. I enjoy reading, but as to the skill itself, it's just a tool. I know that my life became better when I learned how to read because it increased my ability to communicate with other people, just like learning to talk. How we do it is a bit of a mystery. But for some reason, the human mind is capable of understanding the relationship between symbol and concept. If you think about it, all human communication is based on that relationship. Note, the different languages. They all say the same the things, just using different symbols. Being somewhat of a pack animal, it makes sense that humans would have to find some way to convey information to one another. We use speech and writing. Other pack animals have alternate modes of communication. It is fascinating though.
• United States
23 Apr 09
I understand what you are saying, its like when you find a word you don't know the meaning of, you can read it, but you don't know what it means until you look up its meaning, then you understand it, I've had to look up quite a few words while reading books...
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• Singapore
10 Apr 09
Yup, true what you say...I mean if you want to read books, what's the point if you're not really into it, understand what's going on so you could have a better reading experience...It applies to everything that involves reading, you're not only suppose to read it fast but read it and understand what the meaning is..If you don't understand, don't be afraid to go over it twice..=] just my opinion.