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Lunchtime Poll: Reading Aloud

Since the middle of last year, I’ve been busy reading the Harry Potter books aloud to my dude, who probably would never have taken the initiative to read them on his own time but has been enjoying the story a lot since we dug in together. I, on the other hand, have a lot of difficulty focusing when people read aloud to me. Which brings us to today’s lunchtime poll.

Do you enjoy being read to? Do you enjoy reading aloud? What was the last you did of either?

By Meghan Young Krogh

Meghan had a number of quality writing mentors over the course of her education, which just goes to show that you can't blame the teacher for the way the student turns out. Team Oxford Comma represent.

17 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Reading Aloud”

I love reading aloud and do it a lot for my little sister when I’m home on vacation. The more on the crazy side the books are the better it is. Half the fun is making up strange voices and accents for all the characters! Although at a certain point I always wish I had written up what voice I picked for each character. When the book is long enough and has a few too many characters it all gets mixed up in the end.

I like reading kid’s books out loud, but I hate doing it with regular books. It slows me down so much, and I tend to read in chunks instead of scanning each line one word at a time (I don’t really know how to describe it) so I find it really frustrating to have to do it differently. It’s really hard for my brain to process reading aloud for some reason; I start misreading words, stumbling over phrasing. It’s annoying. At least my daughter’s books are short and I tend to have them totally memorized after a couple readings; it’s much easier to recite the books than to read them. I don’t really like being read to because it’s so slow, too.

I like to read aloud if I need to check something (I usually read an essay aloud before sending it anywhere, for example, because I catch weirdness in language that way) and if I am reading in a foreign language (helps me with comprehension).  Otherwise, I don’t really do it.  I probably will a lot more with Tiny, although right now she’s just interested in pictures, so we more just narrate what’s going on.

I think I would fall asleep if I were read aloud to, although I like audio books and podcasts.

I read aloud almost every night, though now that MiniB is older we take turns. I enjoy doing voices, and I really enjoy hearing her oral interpretation skills progress (you don’t just learn pronunciation when Mom was a theater major :) ).

Normally, though, I hate being read aloud to. Like you said, I can’t concentrate very well and I get hung up on how I would read it differently. Though, I suppose if Morgan Freeman lived in my house and wanted to read to me it would be a different story.

I love my Peruvian boyfriend’s accent, and I wanted to record him reading something to me… I picked The Golden Compass, don’t ask me why. He hated it, and couldn’t pronounce half the names. He read for 1/2 an hour in a really bad english accent before I caved in and took over. Then 5 minutes later I glanced over and he was sleeping.

Different book next time?

I like to read aloud, especially in a foreign language so I can work on my pronunciation, but I don’t like being to read to.  I haven’t been able to read aloud in awhile.  The last guy I dated hated when I tried to read aloud, and I have yet to pick it back up again.  I might do that tonight.

:D I basically counted it as a requisite for someone I dated, because I wasn’t going to stop just because there was someone else in the room! Current dude finally confessed to me that he used to hate being read aloud to, but because I enjoyed it so much, he bit his tongue, and now he’s used to it.

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