Had anyone ever read to you?

India
January 7, 2011 11:14am CST
When I was a mere child, my mother used to read stories to me. She taught me the alphabets and everything about words and how to read them. She read to me for years, but then suddenly she stopped. She just gave me all those books but didn't read to me. Now that was something odd. I asked her to read. I asked her again and again. She gave me an indifferent look and told me, "Why don't you read it yourself?" Then, for the first time in my life, I tried to read. I stammered and read. I read the book. Then I read another. Then another. I have been reading since then. I can't spend a single day without reading anything. I have a software now that reads to me aloud whenever I copy a text into it. The default voice is called 'Mary'. When it reads aloud it reminds me of my mother. Had anyone ever read to you?
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
7 Jan 11
My father used to read to me and that was how I learned to read - by following the words on the page as he read. Then one day he suddenly handed me the book and said "here you read it yourself." Which I was perfectly capable of doing of course. But the fact was, I liked having him read to me.
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• India
8 Jan 11
That's right. I remember, when my mother used to read those stories, the characters became alive in front of me. She used different tones to suit different characters and that made it even more interesting. I still miss that thing. Now this software I have can't put that dramatic effect while it reads. But of course it's a mere software.
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Thats a nice childhood memory. I think that its great that your mother was so instrumental in getting you into reading. I dont have good memories of story time like you. I did have an instructor read to our class. A childrens book Dr Suess's "Oh The Places You will Go" It was so nice and I enjoyed that story. She said there were some people that really hunger after that being read to. I read to my chidlren sometimes, and being a preschool teacher I have read many many times. I also enjoy reading books for my enjoyment. But the book has to be very interesting and hit me right away with interest or I wont finish it.
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• India
8 Jan 11
When you are reading something to somebody, you must actively contribute to making the story interesting. Story telling is an art and so is reading. When you are reading a conversation slightly changing the tone and voice quality to suit the character produces a remarkable effect. Later I have heard many people read stories on television. They used this trick to produce a dramatic effect in the story telling. When read sincerely these stories can be more entertaining than dramas or plays. That's what makes it an art.
@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
7 Jan 11
I think that most parents rea to thier child when they're young. My mom did to me as I did for my daughter. She gre up to love to read and in turn when I thought that a book was too boring or when I was sick she would read to me. I think that reading outloud made her a better reader. Because to say everything out loud you have to actually pronounce the word and see how it's used in context. Except when you read to yourself it's like you overlook the words that cause confusion and that way you don't learn.
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• India
8 Jan 11
I completely agree to that. When you read to yourself you just go through the meanings and definitions and the theme of the text. That doesn't help you in rectifying your pronunciation. However, experts say that reading to yourself silently always make you read faster. Reading out loud significantly reduces the reading speed. Even subvocalization is harmful to comprehension. I have written couple of articles on application of peripheral vision to increase the speed of your reading. With this it is possible to increase your speed to 500-1000 words per minute. But reading out loud is good for children as it improves the pronunciation and overall fluency in conversation.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
7 Jan 11
Hello sweet pea. My mom never read us stories. She always told us bed time stories. That made it more special. Good to hear you read then. TATA.
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@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
7 Jan 11
Well meluan, it sounds better than carrots, which i hate or sweet potatoes.
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@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
7 Jan 11
Hey i just love spuds. Especially with lots of mushrooms and cheese.
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
7 Jan 11
No meluan. I haven't seen him for a while.
@marguicha (100163)
• Chile
8 Jan 11
I donĀ“t remember my parents reading to me, but I do remember them telling me stories. Later on, when my small sister was about 3 (I was 7) I started to tell her stories after lights out. I learned to read at 3 years of age and since then I have a love story with language and literature.
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• India
10 Jan 11
I never had a sister or a brother. But when I used to visit my uncle's all my little cousins used to folk around me. Little voices crying out 'stories stories'. How could I refuse such sweet requests? I told them stories from all those childhood books. Sometimes I had to make them up. Sometimes I couldn't remember where the Prince of the story went after stealing away the horse. So, I kinda had to sent him straight to face a horrifying dragon. But they never considered anything that I said unlikely. The more wild it was, the more appeal did it create to their imaginations.
@marguicha (100163)
• Chile
10 Jan 11
I think that story telling is even better than reading, specially when the one who tell the stories is small too.
• India
11 Jan 11
That's right.
@MegiMK (266)
• Canada
7 Jan 11
My uncle used to read to us when my cousin and I were kids. He would sometimes add something from himself to the fairy tales, etc. to make them more funny. We loved it and couldn't stop laughing. Good memories.
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• India
8 Jan 11
That's right. Fairy Tales. I remember my mother reading from it. There are two books, one written by Hans Christian Anderson and another by Grimm Brothers. Both are wonderful books. But it is the one written by Grimm Brothers that is better to be read to a child. The stories are quite simple and there is a quaint humor in his story telling. And even a child can understand the moral of each story. Fairy tales are really great.
9 Jan 11
This is a sign that our uncle is very dear to us.
@Sanitary (3969)
• Singapore
12 Jan 11
May i ask how old are u now? It's normal for mothers to read to their child when they are young because they don't know anything yet. As we grow older, have the ability to read and write, it's time we started reading on our own. It's better to read on our own because we get to learn, imagine, putting ourself into the shoes of character depicted in those books. I don't like people reading to me because it sounds boring.
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• India
15 Jan 11
I am 27, but how is that relevant to this discussion? I really am very confused. I love to read things myself as well. But most of the time I need to read on my computer. I use this software because of a few reasons. First of all, you can add bookmarks anywhere within the book. You can put as many bookmarks as you want and come back to them afterwards. Besides being a reading software it's also a very good text editor. Also I don't want to strain my eyes from this extensive reading on computers. So I often use a combination of both reading and listening. While I read I my ears take rest and my eyes rest when I listen. This improves the overall performance and extends the duration of reading.
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• United States
8 Jan 11
I do not ever remember being read to or told stories to as a child. I was one though with my kids that I took at least twenty minutes prior to bedtime to read and or tell stories to as it was a way of final bonding for the day. I spent a great deal of quality time with my kids and expressed the importance of reading. Both my kids really enjoy reading and audio books just as much as me. hmm wonder where I got that from?
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• India
8 Jan 11
Oh they got it from you all right and you always had it in you. Seems like you are typical 'thoracic' type of person. Do you have a kite like body structure? I mean, is your shoulder way wider than your waist? Do you blush often? Do you look into the mirror often? I think you're hypersensitive to environmental stimuli and you respond to them quite promptly. I think you're fast in thought-processing. Let me know, if I am wrong. There are children who are more sensitive to auditory stimuli than the visual ones. If someone reads to them they will learn it quicker than anyone else.
@salonga (27957)
• Philippines
8 Jan 11
I can't remember if anyone has ever read to me. But me, I do love to read to children especially the word of God I always make it a point to read this Book to my kids. But when they are old enough, I do encourage them to read on their own. Sometimes though some people are just too lazy to read even if they could. It's okay to read to a child for a child can't read yet but when one is old enough to read then it is better for him to read books on his own. Reading is enjoyable although it could be easier and sweeter if someone is doing it for you but when no one is available to do this for us then there is nothing really missing should we do it ourselves. Now with the wonders of technology there are softwares invented just as the one you mentioned and maybe those who are lazy to read can take advantage of it. Have a nice day!
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• India
8 Jan 11
Well, I use that software for books that are huge. It's just to save my eyes from the strain of looking at the computer for hours. Sometimes I just lie down and relax and let 'Mary' do the reading. Sometimes when I need to evaluate and analyze the literary value of some prose, then I stand up erect looking straight at the piece, vivisecting every single sentence. Sometimes I need to read intensely because I am learning the writing style from the author. In such a case I need to read it myself. But otherwise I see no harm in accepting Mary's service.
• India
8 Jan 11
yes, I too had,but itz only upto 4 years of age.then no such interesting readings in my case.i had to do everything by myself.now i hear my kids reading and i listen to their sweet voice. Thatz life!
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• India
8 Jan 11
That's life, indeed. Listening to stories become more interesting when the people who are reading them are your loved ones. I love my mother the most, and there was a sincerity in her voice. That made those stories even more interesting.
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
8 Jan 11
I can't recall my mother reading stories for me. I can't even recall if there were bedtime stories. But she loves singing and that's what she used to put me to sleep, most of the oldies song I have in my head right now were all memorized because of her.
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• India
8 Jan 11
Oh, that's wonderful. Songs can be good stories too. In fact, they are actually stories, most of the times. My mother used to sing with her harmonica and I used to listen to her. I still remember the songs as clearly as I remember my own address. It's something that will never go away. All the childhood memories are strong and quaint and they never get washed up from your memory.
@irene66 (1671)
• Philippines
7 Jan 11
When i was a kid too, our father use to read to us. He is a very good historian. As if we were watching a movie when he starts his story. It was a very good practice before we go to sleep. I tried to do it too to my children but it seems they are not interested to listen because they are more interested to be infront of the computer to play games.
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• India
8 Jan 11
oh, that's a sad thing to hear. The times when story books were a good entertainment to all, is long gone. I used to play games after buying this computer. Then suddenly all my interest in computer games faded. I started reading books and still continuing with the practice. I used to download books and write them on the CD. I couldn't finish all those books. So now I made a resolution. I download only one book at a time, finish it and then download the next book. The stories of children still whets my imagination. I am presently reading a book by Lewis Carol that I borrowed from one of my friends. It's his complete works including the adventure of Alice in wonderland.
@shaggin (37310)
• United States
7 Jan 11
My grandmother used to read to me all the time. I loved it. She had a few books at her house and one story was about a deer. I used to have her read it to me everytime I went to their house. I was about 4 when all the sudden she would look at the book and tell me she couldnt read it to me that she wanted me to read it to her. I was sad but I did and that was the last time she had ever read to me because she got alzheimers and couldnt read anymore.
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• United States
7 Jan 11
When I was a kid, my Mom would read to me. The teachers at school would also read to me. My favorite memory was when my Mom would just tell me stories. They were not always the traditional fairy tale. Most of what she would tell me would be the stories about her childhood.
• India
8 Jan 11
I don't remember if the teachers have ever read to me. But I do remember my first experience of reading a book. It was about animals and birds and there were many nice pictures in it. It was basically a book of rhymes. I can still remember some of the rhymes that my mom used to read to me. Now, whenever I recite them to my friends they assume that I still read those books, but I didn't read those books in 20 years. It's all coming from the memory of what I heard.
@bunnybon7 (37156)
• Holiday, Florida
7 Jan 11
not really and i love listening to audio books for that reason. i learned to read by the time i was 6yrs, reason being is my parents always had books and mags. all over the house, they loved to read but to themselves so i inherited the avid reading gene obviously
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• India
8 Jan 11
I spent my early life in what we call a joint family. All our kith and kin were living in a single big house. It was more like a family mansion. But in such a family there are lots of responsibilities. So I guess, my parents didn't get much time to read for themselves. But my mommy always had time to read to me. That's why I was able to start reading at the age of 5. It is really a great experience when someone reads to you. I download many books from the internet. But I don't want to strain my eyes reading those 1000 page long documents. So I also downloaded this software which proved to be quite useful.
@celticeagle (119128)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Jan 11
I was read to by my grandmother from her primer that she had when she was school. My mother read the classics to me. Canterbury Tales and Tom Sawyer. I have read to both of my grand kids as I did with my daughter. Now I have a great grandson and I will probably read to him.
• India
11 Jan 11
Grandmothers and grandfathers play vital role in bridging the generation gap. When I was a child my mother used to read to me Fairy Tales, written by Hans Christian Anderson and Grimm Brothers. They were so well written and so simple that I almost memorized those stories just by hearing it everyday. Mother also used to read to me short poems. They were so good and funny. I used to recite them even when I was at the age of 22, the memories were so fresh.
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@celticeagle (119128)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Jan 11
Oh yes, I think my mom read some Fairy Tales to me as well. I am nearly 60 so these times aren't as fresh in my mind.
• India
11 Jan 11
I was pretty surprised to find out that you were not added in my friendlist. We've been in conversation for almost a year, but it never occurred to me. lol
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@Jotomy (6352)
• India
8 Jan 11
Hi biwsa, I wish you a very happy new year. My mother also same she used to tell us stories while sleeping and my grand mother also used to teach us our language and some old stories mahabharatha and ramayana and jathaka kathalu, panchathantram, khalidas, thikka shankariya..etc. many short stories but all will have good meaning. Yes i will also do the same way with my son as your mother do, that is the way a child can be taught. And i will read books for my son and explain. For me no one will read, but my husband will read news paper and tell all about news to me. Have a great days ahead biswa.
@Jotomy (6352)
• India
9 Jan 11
yes biswa, we will keep those as memories and me too whenever i will start telling something to my son, i will remember those stories told by my mom and my grand mother i will try to recollect and tell him. Have a wonderful day biswa.
• India
10 Jan 11
Don't forget to tell him about me. Otherwise, you will omit the most interesting part from it.
@Jotomy (6352)
• India
12 Jan 11
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
9 Jan 11
hmm, my son ever read something to me. but i can't hear it clearly cause his pronouns. i better read it on my own. i can get the idea of writing right away than if someone read it to me
• India
11 Jan 11
Is that your son in the picture? OMG! He is such a cute little fellow. You can't expect him to read those rude, long words. But don't worry. He will soon be old enough to read you his text books. Then when he will grow older he will read to you other books and the newspaper. I also get my writing ideas mostly from the materials I read everyday. Sometimes when I feel tired I let Mary read it aloud to me.
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
11 Jan 11
well maybe i can try that Mary read for me. she is old enough to read all the text clearly i want to someone read to me too when i get tired
• India
11 Jan 11
[i][b]When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. [/b][/i] Ask Mary to read for you and she will.
@trishm87 (11)
• Portugal
11 Jan 11
I can't remember if my mother ever read to me. My boyfriends does read t me sometimes, and I really like it.
• Portugal
11 Jan 11
Oh God! I didn't mean 'my boyfriends' because I only have one xD
• India
15 Jan 11
Why do I have this feeling that we've talked before?
• United States
8 Jan 11
My mom never read us books when we were kids. Instead of reading, my sister, would tell "the lion king" word for word including the songs. We watched that movie all the time as a kid and she knew all the words by heart. That was my story time at night. :) Or she would just talk my ear off till I got tired of listening and fell asleep lol.
• India
10 Jan 11
Wow! At that age it's not an easy task. I think your sister has a fine memory. I have watched that movie several times but, probably, I could never love it the way your sister did. I am the only child, a loner. But my mother tried to fill the space whenever she could. Your sister must have been very excited about Lion King. You were the only one she could share it with, so she did. You two have a wonderful relation. I wish I had siblings.
• United States
11 Jan 11
We actually didn't start getting along and have a close bond till I got to high school. Around the time she had her second child. Having siblings help out a lot especially if you are close in age. I have an older brother and then an older sister. Sounds like your mother is amazing, especially if shes reading to you all the time.