10:58 am - 04/21/2014

MMMMonday! Personal assumptions.

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Today, in the spirit of (and inspired by) Shakesville's questions of the day: What are some erroneous assumptions people make about you? Why do you think the assumptions are made? Do they bother you? Are those assumptions ever an asset? We'd just like to get some discussion going in comments, so if you're moved to, hop on in!
nightengalesknd 22nd-Apr-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
I have quite strong verbal skills and can't spell, verbally or otherwise.

I used to get angry at people who said "people who read a lot are good spellers. I felt as though the comment implied that my poor spelling was a criticism of my not reading enough, and I wasn't sure how I was supposed to read more - I already read in the car, at the dinner table, in bed and under my desk at school. . .

In my case, I think it's related to my strong verbal skills and weak visual-processing skills. When I read, I hear the words said aloud in my head. I look at them - I mean, I KNOW I have to look at the words to read them - but I don't really notice the letters as individual units, or even words as individual units. To learn to spell a word, I have to make a concerted effort to verbalize the letters in order or memorize a reason why they are in that order.
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