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Reading is the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message. Interpret something that is written or printed. Make sense of a language. A mental representation of the meaning or significance of something. Reading Process is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning (reading comprehension). Reading is a means of language acquisition, communication, and of sharing information and ideas.

“Learn to Read, then Read to Learn

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Mother and Child Reading Bibliophilic is the love of books, and a bibliophile is an individual who loves to read, admires books and collects books. Book worm is someone who spends a great deal of time reading.

774 million people in the world are illiterate and two thirds are women. Low health Literacy cost the U.S. 238 billion per year. About 30 million people, 14 percent of the US population 16 and older, have trouble with basic reading and writing. 18 million adults don’t read well enough to earn a living wage. 63% of prison inmates can’t read. About 30 million people, 14 percent of the US population 16 and older, have trouble with basic reading and writing.  More Stats

But learning how to read will not guarantee success because the person who does not Read the Right Books has no advantage over a person who can't read at all. Knowing how to read is extremely important, but knowing how to effectively use this skill is even more important.

"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Videos about Why Reading Matters
[BBC] Why Reading Matters Part 1 of 6] (youtube)
Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English! (youtube)
Reading in Content Areas - With Research-Based CRISS Strategies (youtube)
ABeCeDarian Storybooks (youtube)

Learning how to Read Resources

Children Reading a Book Together Learn to Read and Learn the Alphabet Online
Click n Kids
Your Child Learns
Learn to Read Software Review
Reading Software (amazon)

Teaching Children to Read
Learning Difficulties
Stages of Learning

Head Sprout
Reading Difficulties
Global Learning Xprize
Learning Xprize
Leveled Instruction
Five Practices Talk, Sing, Read, Write and Play.
Reading Lesson
ABC Mouse Years 2-6, 450 Lessons, 3,000 Learning Activities, Virtual Field Trips and Games

Reading Rockets
Learn to Read 1: Phonics & Rhyming - The Kids' Picture Show (Fun & Educational Learning Video)
National Reading Panel
Teach Your Child to Read
Your Baby Can Read
Succeed to Read
Reading Partners
Everybody Wins NY
Good Reads
Read Write Think
Reading is Fundamental
First Book
International Reading Assoc.
Star Fall

Book Reading Light (amazon)
Story Bird
Tutoring Help
Teacher Mate
ABC of Reading (wiki)

English Course Videos (youtube)
English Tips
English Grammar Lessons
English Language Lessons Word Knowledge

Word Games
Sign Language
Child Development Books
Online Books - E-Books
Teaching Resources
Online Education
Writing Tips

It was believed that the fourth grade was when students stop learning to read and started reading to learn.
Reading Shift Theory

Children who match sounds to letters earlier learn to read faster.

Touch Hear” simply by touching a word or phrase, one can listen to related information such as its pronunciation or meaning. The gadget “whispers” the information into the ear, thus enabling one to read on without having to stop and check up the dictionary.

Read to Learn

The Person who does not Read the Right Books has no advantage over a person who can't read at all.

Balanced Literacy uses both whole language and phonics. The goal of a balanced literacy program is to include the strongest elements of each. The components of a 'balanced literacy' approach are as follows: The read aloud, guided reading, shared reading, interactive writing, shared writing, Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop and Word study).

Reading Process is a complex "cognitive process" of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning (reading comprehension). Reading is a means of language acquisition, communication, and of sharing information and ideas.

Readability - Comprehension.
Aptitude - Competence

Three of the most important things in your life
1: Learn How to Read.
2: Learn how to Comprehend what you are Reading.
3: Read the most Valuable Knowledge and Information that you can find, things that will increase your understanding of yourself and things that will increase your understanding of the world around you. 

"Learn to Read, Then Read to Learn"

"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all." Henry David Thoreau

And with over a 130 million Books with over 2 trillion words you can easily say that there is not a lot of time to be wasted on reading things that will not benefit you.  Math Too
Why learn to read and write if you never read anything of value or write anything of Value?
And what happens if you never learn what is Valuable?


There's a huge difference between someone who is Literate and someone who has excellent Reading Comprehension.
One knows only how to read, and the other fully understands what they are reading.

Why are Literacy Rates misleading?

Most Literate Countries: Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands.
Just because some one has been labeled as Literate does not mean that they have Intelligence.

Literacy rates only show how many people can read, it does not say that people have read things that are valuable or important, things that would make them educated and aware.

If you don't read the things that matter then knowing how to read doesn't matter
Then you have to Comprehend
Concentrating on word sounds helps reading instruction and intervention

What Reading Comprehension level should you have in order to induce Independent Learning?
Phonemic Awareness

How do you Accurately Measure, Assess and Test someone's Reading and Writing Ability? Knowing how to Read is very important for Learning. You can learn many things from reading. You can learn Knowledge from other people, you can learn to Communicate, and you can acquire important Information and facts about yourself and the world around you. Reading is the path to intelligence.

When teaching someone to read, make sure the person reads words that helps them understand themselves and the world around them. So as a person learns to read, they learn more then just words.

Text-to-Self Connection: A connection between the text and something in your own life experience.
Text-to-World Connection: A connection between the text and something that is occurring or has occurred in the world.

Reading Example

My name is _______ and I am _____ years old. I am just learning how to read. Knowing how to read is extremely important because 80 percent of the worlds most valuable knowledge and information is in the text format, or the written word. And If I do not learn to understand and comprehend what I am reading, then I will not have access to the most valuable and the most important information and knowledge that this world has to offer. Words are not just for communicating with others, more importantly, words are used to communicate with myself, so that I can learn to understand my feelings, my thoughts, my knowledge, my abilities and the world around me. Over the last 2 thousand years, millions of people have contributed to our incredible wealth of knowledge, knowledge that has benefited my life and other peoples lives in many different ways. So in return I will add to this enormous resource of knowledge by learning and seeking more valuable information and more knowledge. Knowledge that can be shared that would help make improvements in our world. This way I too can benefit people today and benefit people in the future, the same way that I have benefited from people who shared knowledge and information throughout human history. I am very important to the cycle of life. Read to Learn

Student Promise to Learn:

I have the power to learn anything that I want to. But I first have to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and information that would give me this power to learn anything. Sometimes learning certain things takes a long time. But the rewards of learning will always give me endless potential with endless possibilities.
Once I learn the necessary skills, knowledge and information I will have the ability understand everything about myself and understand everything about the world around me.
Once I learn the necessary skills, knowledge and information, I will be able to solve any problem in the world and be able to fix and improve anything that I put my mind to.
Once I learn the necessary skills, knowledge and information I will be able to learn from any mistake that I make, or learn from any mistake that others will make. I will also be able to handle any catastrophe, any struggle, any disaster or any tragedy that I will experience in my life, all because I have learned the necessary skills, knowledge and information.
Once I learn the necessary skills, knowledge and information, I will be able to choose any career that I want, work any job that I choose, and I will be able to follow any dream that I have.
The Power of Knowledge is a lot of work and a big responsibility. But I promise that I will never stop learning, or will I ever stop trying.
My goal is to become an intelligent Human. I will always love myself and I will always love others with compassion. I will never forget that my life is incredibly special and very important. My best is yet to come......Learning things Simultaneously and in Order

This student pledge, mantra or saying will be read once a week. This exercise will act as a reminder:

I have the power to learn anything that I want to.
I have the ability to understand everything about myself, and understand everything about the world around me.
I have the ability to solve any problem in the world. I also have the ability to fix and improve anything that I put my mind to.
I have the ability to learn from any mistake that I make, and the ability to learn from any mistake that others will make.
I am also able to handle any catastrophe, any struggle, any disaster or any tragedy that I will experience in my life, all because I have learned the necessary skills, knowledge and information.
I have the ability to choose any career that I want, work any job that I choose, and follow any dream that I have.
I promise that I will never stop learning, or will I ever stop trying. My goal is to become an intelligent Human.
I will always love myself and I will always love others with compassion.
I will never forget that my life is incredibly special and very important. My best is yet to come.

Reading Comprehension

"If you don't fully understand the things that you're reading, then knowing how to read doesn't matter."

Read the things that Matter

Reading without comprehension is like eating food but still being malnourished. You're not starving to death, but you're also not able to live up to your full potential, or develop normally. Yes you can read, but you can't fully understand what is written, because the message goes beyond the words that are written. And it's not just the words, it's all the other things that the original words do not express. You have to see the whole picture. This is the one flaws of writing, the clarity and meaning can not be confirmed when the writer is not there to explain what is written. But now that writing is digital, and connected, we can link to more information when needed. So things can be explained, giving more insight and better understanding. Reading with links can help improve comprehension, but the goal is to be able not to have to click on the links at all, meaning that you know what that information is, and you can see beyond what is written. I Comprehend. 

Comprehension is the ability to read text, Process it, and Understand its Meaning PDF

Critical Reading does not take the given text at face value, but involves a deeper examination of the claims put forth as well as the supporting points and possible counterarguments. 

Readability is the ease with which a reader can understand a written text.

Legibility is the ease with which a reader can recognize individual characters in text.

Flesch-Kincaid Readability Test are readability tests designed to indicate how difficult a reading passage in English is to understand.

Neuroscience of Text Comprehension

Critical Literacy encourages readers to actively analyze texts and offers strategies for what proponents describe as uncovering underlying messages.

Deconstruction is a critical outlook concerned with the relationship between text and meaning.

Intertextuality shaping of a text's meaning by another text. Intertextuality is a literary device that creates an ‘interrelationship between texts’ and generates related understanding in separate works.

Web Literacy comprises the skills and competencies needed for reading, writing and participating on the web. It has been described as "both content and activity"

Information Literacy
Media Literacy
Scientific Literacy
Deep Reading is only beneficial when what you're reading is valuable.
Deep Learning

Learning Words from Contextual Clues (PDF)
Learning Methods

Close Reading describes, the careful, sustained interpretation of a brief passage of a text. A close reading emphasizes the single and the particular over the general, effected by close attention to individual words, the syntax, and the order in which the sentences unfold ideas, as the reader scans the line of text.

Book Report

You need to do more then just read, you need to do some research. Just reading is for idiots who don't know any better. You read to learn. If what you're reading doesn't provide you with enough information to fully understand the value of the words you just read, then you have to seek out more information and do some research, other wise you learn very little about everything. And the sad part is, you don't even know your lacking key information and knowledge.

Comprehend is to get the meaning of something. To become aware of through the senses. Include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory. 

Meaning is the message that is intended or expressed or signified. Rich in significance or implication. Have in mind as a purpose.

Measure and Assess 
You have to make sure that your reading comprehension is improving every year and make sure that you are increasing your vocabulary as well. Functional Literacy may be adequate, but you still need to fully understand what you are reading and read the things that matter, things that will increase your understanding of yourself and the world around you.


Reading Assessment (PDF)
Word Identification Assessment (PDF)

Functional illiteracy is reading and writing skills that are inadequate "to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level". Functional illiteracy is contrasted with illiteracy in the strict sense, meaning the inability to read or write simple sentences in any language. Foreigners who cannot read and write in the native language where they live may also be considered functionally illiterate.

Motor Cortex Influences Word Comprehension. Comprehension of a word’s meaning involves not only the ‘classic’ language brain centres but also the cortical regions responsible for the control of body muscles, such as hand movements. The resulting brain representations are, therefore, distributed across a network of locations involving both areas specialised for language processing and those responsible for the control of the associated action.

Reading for Memorization (fewer than 100 words per minute wpm)  -  Reading for Learning (100–200 wpm)
Reading for Comprehension (200–400 wpm)  -  Skimming (400–700 wpm) - Speed Reading - Books
The average adult reads Prose text (150 to 300 wpm)  -  Speaks (180 wpm)  -  Hears (150–160 wpm)

"If you don't Remember, Comprehend or Learn what you read, then your reading speed does not matter." 

If you don't comprehend the things that matter then good reading comprehension doesn't matter. So reading comprehension tests must be about comprehending important information and knowledge, otherwise good reading comprehension is almost useless. So the first reading comprehension tests should include the actual skills that are needed for good comprehension.

Increasing the size of spacing between certain words could improve people’s reading comprehension

You have to understand the definitions of words. But more importantly, you have to understand the meaning of words when they are used together with other words. Words can be misleading, you have to pay attention and learn how words can be used to deceive.

"Having good reading comprehension is great, but if you never read anything important or valuable, then it's almost useless."

You're not going to remember all the details of everything you read, especially when you're not interested in the information or interested in the subject. And you don't want to force students to remember useless details just so they can pass a test. You want students to comprehend what they read only when it's important. Being able to Pay Attention to details is one thing, but knowing when to pay attention, and do it effectively, is the most important aspect of reading comprehension.

Speech-language experts can help kids who struggle to read and write
RAP stands for read a paragraph, ask questions about the main idea and details, and put main ideas and details into your own words. Other successful strategies include: Graphically organizing information into visual maps using a pencil or sticky note to mark confusing, important or surprising portions of a text with specific symbols (?, * or !, for example) Underlining or circling key words and phrases that the reader doesn’t understand and/or that occur repeatedly in a text writing a very brief summary of each paragraph or section in the margin of the text or on a sticky note.

Mechanics of Reading  -  Skillful Reading Techniques
In order to read at a good speed, it is good to keep in mind...
A minimum number of fixations to the line of type.
Wide eye span which encompass phrases and thought sequence rather than isolated words.
A complete absence of lip movements and vocalization.
Infrequent regressions.

Eye Movements:

Move the eyes consistently forward, regularly, and rhythmically-- pick up groups of words rather than isolated words.
Practice quick and rhythmic return from the end of the line to the beginning of the next.
Practice looking down quickly at a line of print, lifting your eyes, and checking to see how many words you saw in this fixation.
Do this until you are actually aware of a broadened span.
Cover the print of a single line with a plain white card. By moving the card downward, expose the line, cover it up, expose it, cover it up, etc. Do this until you are aware of seeing more words at a glance.
Practice reading a column of newsprint, restricting yourself to only two fixations per line.
Keep in mind that the length of fixation and span is determined by the type of material you are reading.
Watch for signs of fatigue: twitching muscles, burning sensations in the eyelids, fading, or blurring of print. Look away from your reading often and give momentary rest to your eyes.


Place the forefinger on your lips and your thumb and other fingers on your larynx.
Practice reading with your mouth tightly closed; attempt to restrict movement of the larynx, tongue, and lips.
Check to see whether you are actually "hearing" words as you read; this is another form of vocalization which can be eliminated only through determination to use only your eyes and the meaning centers of your brain.


Regressions often occur because you are attempting to take such long spans that you miss essential words and relationships. If this is noticeable in your reading, shorten the span. Practice covering all of the material which you have just read with a plain card. This will not permit you to regress and will force you to concentrate on essential words and essential relationships in the sentence or paragraph. Read so fast, in easy materials, that there is no time for regressions. Recognize the fact, at all times, that some regression is necessary to establish relationships within the selection which you are reading.

How to underline or Highlight a Reading
Study begins when you decide what you will learn. When you underline, you decide what you will learn.
If you underline accurately, you will be able to review and make notes more easily.  High Lighting
Guides for underlining or highlighting
A. Read an entire section first.
B. Do not underline too much.
C. Select information you want to learn to make into notes.
D. Make major points stand out clearly. Use numbers. Use double underlining. Use stars.
E. Make margin notes. Use key words. Use brief summaries.
Make questions if you do not understand, so that you can return to that section.
F. Realize that introductions rarely contain material that needs to be underlined.
G. Turn major headings and sub-headings into questions. Underline the condensed answer. Answers may include information in: Topic sentences. Words printed in special type. Numbered lists. Pay attention to and be aware of words of transition, introduction, conclusion, and definition (in other words, accordingly, since, then, of course, but, yet, more important, likewise, besides, for these reasons, subsequently, afterwards, that is, that means, etc.) Should see major facts in an outline form.
H. Use brackets when several lines are important to underline.
I. Use numbers when a series of ideas are important.
J. Make a question mark beside unclear sections of information.
K. Write down questions in your notebook for class that you have for the Professor.

What Is the Difference in the Reading Assessment Between Comprehension and Interpretation?

Practice Reading
Reading Comprehension
Reading Assessment (Ehow)
Wrights Law
Reading Key
Reading Soft
RHL School
Oral Reading Fluency

Child Development Info
Practice Reading Tests

Writing Skills

New Readability
Reading Standards (PDF)
Core Standards    PDF's

Northwest Evaluation Association
Jim Wright (PDF)
Word Knowledge

Dyslexia is having trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Difficulties include spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, "sounding out" words in the head, pronouncing words when reading aloud and understanding what one reads.

Neural Changes following Remediation in Adult Developmental Dyslexia
Sensitivity to dynamic auditory and visual stimuli predicts nonword reading ability in both dyslexic and normal readers
Brain Plasticity

Language-Based Learning Disability are neurological differences that can affect skills such as listening, reasoning, speaking, reading, writing, and maths calculations. It is also associated with movement, coordination, and direct attention.

Dyslexia Typeface (youtube)
Book Share
Text to Speech Tools

Audio Books
Hearing Impaired - Deafness

Words Per Minute (wiki)
Speed Reading (wiki)
Speed Reading
Speed Reading Exercises
Instant Speed Learning
Reading Genius 
Read Faster
Subvocalization or silent speech, is the internal speech typically made when reading; it provides the sound of the word as it is read.
Technical Reading Exercise (PDF)
Photo Reading
Saccade (wiki)
Spatial Intelligence
Speed Listening
Speed Writing

There's a big difference between scanning what you're reading and fully comprehending what you're reading. Speed reading should be done for scanning large amounts of text, but not used for comprehending.

ATOS Readability Formula
Multimode Literacy 
Multimodal Literacy Narrative (youtube)
Test 4 Free
Laura Candler

Seeing Impairment

Reading and Learning at the Same time

When you are Learning to Read, you should read things that are relevant and important about yourself and the world around you. Imagine learning how to read words that are perfectly aligned with helping you to understand yourself and the world around you. Imagine learning how to read words that are perfectly aligned with helping you to solve a particular problem that you are currently having? What if that problem was an emotional problem? Or personal problem? What if that problem was a relationship problem? And reading or hearing the right words was all that you needed for you to understand that problem, so that it would help you to solve that problem. Never underestimate the power of words, the power of learning, the power of knowledge, or the power of having the right information at the right time.

Simultaneous Subject Learning
In Logically Order Steps
Brain Maintenance

What if the words that you were learning how to read, actually matched perfectly with what you wanted to learn? And matched perfectly with the way you are thinking? What if the words transmitted information that was exactly what you were looking for?

Teaching your Children to Talk
Teaching Young Students Language

"Words are a vehicle to transmit information to the Brain"

"Reading Enriches the Mind"

 Learning Methods

"Learning to communicate for our survival and universal well being." 

"A majority of the worlds most important information is communicated using words."

"An Intelligent speaker, a powerful talker and those who can influence others through speech, will always be heard more then the best writers. But reading good writing and listening to good speakers are both equally important because in order to be a good speaker you have to read good writing. Sustained Silent Reading is only one half of the skills needed to Communicate effectively."


Meaning is what you mean or intend to express or convey. The idea that is intended. The message that is intended or expressed or signified. Have in mind as a purpose.

Meaning (linguistics) is the information or concepts that a sender intends to convey, or actually does convey, in communication with a receiver.

Meaning (non-linguistic) is an actual or possible derivation from sentence, which is not associated with signs that have any original or primary intent of communication. It is a general term of art used to capture a number of different senses of the word "meaning", independently from its linguistic uses.

Meaning (philosophy of language) is the nature of meaning, its definition, elements, and types, was discussed by philosophers Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. According to them "meaning is a relationship between two sorts of things: signs and the kinds of things they mean (intend, express or signify)". One term in the relationship of meaning necessarily causes something else to come to the mind. In other words: "a sign is defined as an entity that indicates another entity to some agent for some purpose".

Definitions is a statement of the meaning of a term (a word, phrase, or other set of symbols). Definitions can be classified into two large categories, intensional definitions (which try to give the essence of a term) and extensional definitions (which proceed by listing the objects that a term describes). Another important category of definitions is the class of ostensive definitions, which convey the meaning of a term by pointing out examples. A term may have many different senses and multiple meanings, and thus require multiple definitions.

Intensional definition
gives the meaning of a term by specifying necessary and sufficient conditions for when the term should be used. In the case of nouns, this is equivalent to specifying the properties that an object needs to have in order to be counted as a referent of the term. For example, an intensional definition of the word "bachelor" is "unmarried man". This definition is valid because being an unmarried man is both a necessary condition and a sufficient condition for being a bachelor: it is necessary because one cannot be a bachelor without being an unmarried man, and
it is sufficient because any unmarried man is a bachelor.

Extensional Definition
of a concept or term formulates its meaning by specifying its extension, that is, every object that falls under the definition of the concept or term in question. For example, an extensional definition of the term "nation of the world" might be given by listing all of the nations of the world, or by giving some other means of recognizing the members of the corresponding class. An explicit listing of the extension, which is only possible for finite sets and only practical for
relatively small sets, is a type of enumerative definition. Extensional definitions are used when listing examples would give more
applicable information than other types of definition, and where listing the members of a set tells the questioner enough about the nature of that set. This is similar to an Ostensive Definition, in which one or more members of a set (but not necessarily all) are pointed out as examples. The opposite approach is the intensional definition, which defines by listing properties that a thing must have in order to be part of the set captured by the definition. An ostensive definition conveys the meaning of a term by pointing out examples. This type of definition is often used where the term is difficult to define verbally, either because the words will not be understood (as with children and new speakers of a language) or because of the nature of the term (such as colors or sensations). It is usually accompanied with a gesture pointing out the object serving as an example, and for this reason is also often referred to as "definition by pointing". Ostensive definitions rely on an analogical or case-based reasoning by the subject they are intended to educate or inform.

Précising Definition
is a definition that extends the lexical definition of a term for a specific purpose by including additional criteria that narrow down the set of things meeting the definition. For example, a dictionary may define the term "student" as "1. anyone attending an educational institution of any type, or 2. anyone who studies something." However, a movie theater may propose a precising definition for the word "student" of "any person under the age of 18 enrolled in a local school" in order to determine who is eligible to receive discounted tickets. Precising definitions are generally used in contexts where vagueness is unacceptable; many legal definitions are precising definitions, as are company policies. This type of definition is useful in preventing disputes that arise from the involved parties using different definitions of the term in question. A precising definition is intended to make a vague word more precise so that the word's meaning is not left to the interpretation of the reader or listener. Here is an example: From a class syllabus: "Class participation" means attending class, listening attentively, answering and asking questions, and participating in class discussions. This is similar to a stipulative definition, but differs in that a stipulative definition may contradict the lexical definition, while a precising definition does not.

Stipulative Definition
is a type of definition in which a new or currently-existing term is given a specific meaning for the purposes of argument or discussion in a given context. When the term already exists, this definition may, but does not necessarily, contradict the dictionary (lexical) definition of the term. Because of this, a stipulative definition cannot be "correct" or "incorrect"; it can only differ from other definitions, but it can be useful for its intended purpose. For example, in the riddle of induction by Nelson Goodman, "grue" was stipulated to be "a property of an object that makes it appear green if observed before some future time t, and blue if observed afterward." "Grue" has no meaning in standard English; therefore, Goodman created the new term and gave it a stipulative definition.

Does defining something limit that something?

With meanings, nothing is ever just black or just white, or just right or just wrong, or just good or just bad. When people see things as only black or white, they are more vulnerable to mistakes. And people also have a tendency to make assumptions, which breaks down communications. Everything needs to be defined in order to communicate effectively and efficiently. Just like with code, it's either on or off, stop or go.

Deconstruction is a critical outlook concerned with the relationship between text and meaning. Reconstruct

Sense-Making is the process by which people give meaning to experience.

Understanding is to know and comprehend the nature or meaning of. To become aware of through the Senses.

Articulate is expressing yourself clearly and easily.

Recursion occurs when a thing is defined in terms of itself or of its type. The process of repeating items in a self-similar way.

Strategic Reading
Contextual Analysis
Media Words

Loaded Language is wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes.

is something a little different from others of the same type. Widely different. Become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence. Variables 

Context (language use) refers to the text or speech surrounding an expression (word, sentence, or speech act). Verbal context influences the way an expression is understood; hence the norm of not citing people out of context.

Subtext is any content of a creative work which is not announced explicitly by the characters or author, but is implicit or becomes something understood by the observer of the work as the production unfolds.

Intentionalism the theory that the meaning of any text is determined by the intentions of its author, whether stated or not.

Context helps define meaning, but you can take things out of context and change their meaning, so it's the level of context that creates meaning, not just any context itself. Like taking a page from a book, there may be enough words to give you some understanding about what is being said on the page, but not enough understanding that explains the true meaning of that page.

Key Word in Context

Affirmative and Negative are terms of opposite meaning which may be applied to statements, verb phrases, clauses, or other utterances. Essentially an affirmative (positive) form is used to express the validity or truth of a basic assertion, while a negative form expresses its falsity. Examples are the sentences "Jane is here" and "Jane is not here"; the first is affirmative, while the second is negative.

Translations - Interpretations

Semantics is the study of meaning—in language, programming languages, formal logics, and semiotics. It focuses on the relationship between signifiers—like words, phrases, signs, and symbols—and what they stand for, their denotation.

Semantic Change is the evolution of word usage—usually to the point that the modern meaning is radically different from the original usage.

Pragmatics is the ways in which context contributes to meaning.

Ambiguity is a type of uncertainty of meaning in which several interpretations are plausible.

Metonymy is a figure of speech in which a thing or concept is called not by its own name, rather by the name of something associated in meaning with that thing or concept.

Disambiguation is the process of resolving the conflicts that arise when a potential article title is ambiguous, most often because it refers to more than one subject covered.

Terminology is the study of terms and their use. Terms are words and compound words or multi-word expressions that in specific contexts are given specific meanings—these may deviate from the meanings the same words have in other contexts and in everyday language.

Operational Definition is a result of the process of operationalization and is used to define something (e.g. a variable, term, or object) in terms of a process (or set of validation tests) needed to determine its existence, duration, and quantity.

This is your brain on sentences. Brain activity patterns of word meanings within sentences measured by Brain Scans.

Information Literacy

Formalism is a school of literary criticism and literary theory having mainly to do with structural purposes of a particular text.

Binding Problem is a term used at the interface between neuroscience, cognitive science and philosophy of mind that has multiple meanings.

Counterfactual Conditional is a subjunctive conditional containing an if-clause that is contrary to fact.

Morphology (linguistics) is the identification, analysis and description of the structure of a given language's morphemes and other linguistic units, such as root words, affixes, parts of speech, intonations and stresses, or implied context. In contrast, morphological typology is the classification of languages according to their use of morphemes, while lexicology is the study of those words forming a language's wordstock.

Morphological Dictionary is a linguistic resource that contains correspondences between surface form and lexical forms of words. Surface forms of words are those found in any text. The corresponding lexical form of a surface form is the lemma followed by grammatical information (for example the part of speech, gender and number). In English give, gives, giving, gave and given are surface forms of the verb give. The lexical form would be "give", verb. There are two kinds of morphological dictionaries: aligned and non-aligned.

Portmanteau is a linguistic blend of words, in which parts of multiple words, or their phones (sounds), and their meanings are combined into a new word.

Agreement happens when a word changes form depending on the other words to which it relates.

Conjunction is a part of speech that connects words, sentences, phrases, or clauses.

Etymology is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time.

Antecedent is an expression (word, phrase, clause, etc.) that gives its meaning to a pro-form (pronoun, pro-verb, pro-adverb, etc.)

Explication is making clear the meaning of things, so as to make the implicit explicit.

International Communication Association says friends are no better at interpreting correct emotional intent in e-mails than complete strangers.

Surface Forms and Meanings. A language is a set of surface forms and meanings, and a mapping between the surface forms and their associated meanings. In the earliest human languages, the surface forms were sounds but surface forms can be anything that can be perceived by the communicating parties such as drum beats, hand gestures, or pictures. A natural language is a language spoken by humans, such as English or Swahili. Natural languages are very complex since they have evolved over many thousands years of individual and cultural interaction. We focus on designed languages that are created by humans for some a specific purpose such as for expressing procedures to be executed by computers. We focus on languages where the surface forms are text. In a textual language, the surface forms are linear sequences of characters. A string is a sequence of zero or more characters. Each character is a symbol drawn from a finite set known as an alphabet. For English, the alphabet is the set a,b,c,…,za,b,c,…,z (for the full language, capital letters, numerals, and punctuation symbols are also needed).

Deep Structure and Surface Structure (wiki)
Underlying Representation (wiki)


Moral of a Story is a message conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event. The moral may be left to the hearer, reader or viewer to determine for themselves, or may be explicitly encapsulated in a maxim, which is a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits.

Plot refers to the sequence of events inside a story which affect other events through the principle of cause and effect.

Fairy Tales is a type of short story that typically features folkloric fantasy characters, such as dwarves, elves, fairies, giants, gnomes, goblins, mermaids, trolls, or witches, and usually magic or enchantments. Fantasy Films

Metaphor is a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity. Hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated but share some common characteristics. Pun

Analogy is an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others. Drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect.

Allegory is to convey hidden meanings through symbolic figures, actions, imagery, and/or events.

Semiotics is the study of signs and sign processes (semiosis), indication, designation, likeness, analogy, metaphor, symbolism, signification, and communication.

Sign (semiotics) is something that can be interpreted as having a meaning, which is something other than itself, and which is therefore able to communicate information to the one interpreting or decoding the sign. Signs can work through any of the senses, visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory or taste, and their meaning can be intentional such as a word uttered with a specific meaning, or unintentional such as a symptom being a sign of a particular medical condition.

Not to confuse Metaphoric Symbols with Facts

Double Entendre is a figure of speech or a particular way of wording that is devised to be understood in either of two ways, having a double meaning.

Synonyms is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language.

Parable is a type of analogy.

Dichotomy is a partition of a whole (or a set) into two parts (subsets). In other words, this couple of parts must be, jointly exhaustive: everything must belong to one part or the other, and, mutually exclusive: nothing can belong simultaneously to both parts.

Parallelism is a balance within one or more sentences of similar phrases or clauses that have the same grammatical structure.

Reference is a relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object.

Antonyms opposites are words that lie in an inherently incompatible binary relationship as in the opposite pairs big : small, long : short.

Homonym is one of a group of words that share the same pronunciation but have different meanings, whether spelled the same or not.

Auto-Antonym is a word with a homograph (another word of the same spelling) which is also an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning).

Predicate one of two main parts of a sentence, the other part being the subject; the purpose of the predicate is to complete an idea about the subject, such as what it does or what it is like.

Irony event in which what appears, on the surface, to be the case, differs radically from what is actually the case.

Back and forth Method is a method for showing isomorphism between countably infinite structures satisfying specified conditions.

Isomorphism two isomorphic objects cannot be distinguished by using only the properties used to define morphisms; thus isomorphic objects may be considered the same as long as one considers only these properties and their consequences.

Connotation is a commonly understood cultural or emotional association that some word or phrase carries, in addition to the word's or phrase's explicit or literal meaning, which is its denotation.

Colloquialism is a word, phrase or other form used in informal language.

Figure of Speech a special repetition, arrangement or omission of words with literal meaning, or a phrase with a specialized meaning not based on the literal meaning of the words. Figuratively or Literally Speaking?

Euphemism is a nicer word or expression used in place of one that may be found offensive or suggest something unpleasant.

Profanity (bad words)

Slang are words and phrases typically associated with the subversion of a standard variety.

Cliché is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being trite or irritating, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.

Innuendo is an insinuation or intimation about a person or thing, especially of a denigrating or a derogatory nature.

Malapropism is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, often humorous utterance.

Eggcorn is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker's dialect (sometimes called oronyms). "Ice Cream" and "I scream"

Ersatz usually considered of inferior quality to the good it replaces.

Word Play

Juncture is the manner of moving (transition) or mode of relationship between two consecutive sounds. It is the relationship between two successive syllables in speech.

Humor - Sarcasm

Misnomer is a word or term that suggests a meaning that is known to be wrong.

Acronyms is a word or name formed as an abbreviation from the initial components in a phrase or a word,  usually individual letters. Acronym Finder


Abbreviations is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Abbreviation Finder

Nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing, for affection or ridicule.

Pseudonym or alias is a name that a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which can differ from their original or true name.

Unequivocally or Unambiguously is having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning. Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion

Explicit is precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable; leaving nothing to implication. In accordance with fact or the primary meaning of a term. Knowledge

Articulate is expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language. Put into words or an expression. Express or state clearly.

Speaking Tips
Writing Tips

Annotate is to provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases. Add explanatory notes to or supply with critical comments.

is written between lines of text.

Contextual Clues (PDF)

Implicit is something implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something. Being without doubt or reserve.

Symbolism is a system of symbols and symbolic representations, represents something else that is invisible. Express indirectly by an image. 

Art - Code

Accents is a way of pronunciation, or a way of saying a word so that it sounds different. (loudness, length).

Dialects is a variety of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group of the language's speakers. A pattern of speech.

Registers is a variety of a language used for a particular purpose or in a particular social setting.  (e.g. father vs. dad, child vs. kid, etc.).

Styles (linguistics) is the study and interpretation of texts in regard to their linguistic and tonal style.

Phonology is the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes.

Pun is a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect.

Pun Off World Championship


Rebus is an allusional device that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.

Word Nerds

Sayings, Mottos, Proverbs

Does defining something limit that something?

Narrative Modes


Side by Side Comparison Comparing is the act of examining resemblances, similarities, differences and significance. Relation based on similarities and differences. Sometimes Seeing Similarities in Dissimilar Things.


Similar is having the same or similar characteristics. Words expressing closely related meanings. Capable of replacing or changing places with something else; permitting mutual substitution without loss of function or suitability. Resembling is to appear like; be similar or bear a likeness to. 

Similarity (psychology) refers to the psychological nearness or proximity of two mental representations.

"Things which equal the same thing are also equivalent to one another" ~ Euclid Elements

Is everything Connected?

Transitive Relation if whenever an element a is related to an element b, and b is in turn related to an element c, then a is also related to c. Transitivity (or transitiveness) is a key property of both partial order relations and equivalence relations.

Gestalt principle
of organization holding that (other things being equal) parts of a stimulus field that are similar to each other tend to be perceived as belonging together as a unit.

Dichotomy is a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
Dichotomy is a partition of a whole (or a set) into two parts (subsets). In other words, this couple of parts must be jointly exhaustive: everything must belong to one part or the other, and mutually exclusive: nothing can belong simultaneously to both parts. Such a partition is also frequently called a bipartition. The two parts thus formed are complements. In logic, the partitions are opposites if there exists a proposition such that it holds over one and not the other. Treating continuous variables or ulticategorical variables as binary variables is called dichotomization. The discretization error inherent in dichotomization is
temporarily ignored for modeling purposes.

Subset a set A is a subset of a set B, or equivalently B is a superset of A, if A is "contained" inside B, that is, all elements of A are also elements of B. A and B may coincide. The relationship of one set being a subset of another is called inclusion or sometimes containment. Connected

Characteristic is any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions.

is a description of distinct differences between things being unlike or dissimilar. A distinguishing difference or quality.

Comparative is a syntactic construction that serves to express a comparison between two (or more) entities or groups of entities in quality, quantity, or degree.

Multiple Comparisons occurs when one considers a set of statistical inferences simultaneously or infers a subset of parameters selected based on the observed values. It is also known as the look-elsewhere effect, which is a phenomenon in the statistical analysis of scientific experiments, particularly in complex particle physics experiments, where an apparently statistically significant observation may have actually arisen by chance because of the size of the parameter space to be searched

Paired Comparison is any process of comparing entities in pairs to judge which of each entity is preferred, or has a greater amount of some quantitative property, or whether or not the two entities are identical. The method of pairwise comparison is used in the scientific study of preferences, attitudes, voting systems, social choice, public choice, and multiagent AI systems. In psychology literature, it is often referred to as paired comparison.

Multiple Comparisons Problem occurs when one considers a set of statistical inferences simultaneously or infers a subset of parameters selected based on the observed values. It is also known as the look-elsewhere effect.

False Equivalence is a logical fallacy which describes a situation where there is a logical and apparent equivalence, but when in fact there is none. This fallacy is categorized as a fallacy of inconsistency repercussions.

Mutual Information - Variables

"No one can see beyond a choice they don't understand, so choice can either be the problem or the solution."

Choice Blindness is the failure to detect a mismatch.

Side by Side Comparison Graph Chart
Choice is judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one or more of them.

Decision Making - Path to Take

Rational Choice Theory are determinants of the individual choice based on preferences instead of facts.

Choice Modeling attempts to model the decision process of an individual or segment via revealed preferences or stated preferences made in a particular context or contexts. Typically, it attempts to use discrete choices (A over B; B over A, B & C) in order to infer positions of the items (A, B and C) on some relevant latent scale (typically "utility" in economics and various related fields).

Dan Gilbert: Choices (video)
Sheena Iyengar: On the Art of Choosing (video)

Theory of the Second Best if one optimality condition in an economic model cannot be satisfied, it is possible that the next-best solution involves changing other variables away from the values that would otherwise be optimal. Politically, the theory
implies that if it is infeasible to remove a particular market distortion, introducing a second (or more) market distortion may partially counteract the first, and lead to a more efficient outcome.

Preference is the ordering of alternatives based on personal wants instead of Utility or Practical Use.

File Comparison is the calculation and display of the differences and similarities between data objects, typically text files such as source code.

Social Comparison Theory the belief that there is a drive within individuals to gain accurate self-evaluations. The theory explains how individuals evaluate their own opinions and abilities by comparing themselves to others in order to reduce uncertainty in these domains, and learn how to define the self.

Benchmarking is comparing one's business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and best practices from other companies.

Side by Side Comparisons - Visualizing Tools - Mind Maps

Associations - Matrix

Relational Database

Simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things.

Odds The likelihood of a thing occurring rather than not occurring. The ratio by which one better's wager is greater than that of another.

Ratio is a relationship between two numbers indicating how many times the first number contains the second. The relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient). The relation between things (or parts of things) with respect to their comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree.

Information Ratio

Derangement is a permutation of the elements of a set, such that no element appears in its original position.

Permutation elates to the act of arranging all the members of a set into some sequence or order, or if the set is already ordered, rearranging (reordering) its elements, a process called permuting.

Combinatorics the study of finite or countable discrete structures.

Combination is a way of selecting items from a collection.

Secret Coded Messages

Morse Code Letter and Number Translations Morse Code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment.

Steganography is the practice of concealing a file, message, image, or video within another file, message, image, or video.

Cryptography is the practice and study of techniques for secure communication in the presence of third parties called adversaries. More generally, cryptography is about constructing and analyzing protocols that prevent third parties or the public from reading private messages; various aspects in information security such as data confidentiality, data integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation are central to modern cryptography.

Internet Privacy

Cryptanalysis is the study of analyzing information systems in order to study the hidden aspects of the systems.

Encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. Encryption does not of itself prevent interception, but denies the message content to the interceptor.

Encryption Software is software that can encrypt and decrypt data, often in the form of files on a hard drive or packets sent over a network.

Symbols - Words

Homoglyph is one of two or more graphemes, characters, or glyphs with shapes that appear identical or very similar. Like the letter 0 and the number Zero O; or the number 1 and the letter l and I.

Code Talker are people in the 20th century who used obscure languages as a means of secret communication during wartime.

Code-talker Paradox is a situation in which a language prevents communication.

Code Word is an element of a standardized code or protocol. Each code word is assembled in accordance with the specific rules of the code and assigned a unique meaning. Code words are typically used for reasons of reliability, clarity, brevity, or secrecy.

Code Word is a word or a phrase designed to convey a predetermined meaning to a receptive audience, while remaining inconspicuous to the uninitiated.

Code-Switching occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages, or language varieties, in the context of a single conversation.

Decoding is the process of interpreting a message sent by an addresser to an addressee. The complementary process – creating a message for transmission to an addressee – is called encoding.

Decipher is to convert from cryptic to intelligible language. Convert code into ordinary language. Change from one system to another.

Decoding Methods is the process of translating received messages into codewords of a given code. There have been many common methods of mapping messages to codewords. These are often used to recover messages sent over a noisy channel, such as a binary symmetric channel.

Encoding (semiotics) is the process of creating a message for transmission by an addresser to an addressee. The complementary process – interpreting a message received from an addresser – is called decoding.

Cant is the jargon or argot of a group, often employed to exclude or mislead people outside the group. (Cryptolect)

Password is a word or string of characters used for user authentication to prove identity or access approval to gain access to a resource (example: an access code is a type of password), which is to be kept secret from those not allowed access.

Code word (figure of speech) is a word or a phrase designed to convey a predetermined meaning to a receptive audience, while remaining inconspicuous to the uninitiated.

Duress Code is a covert distress signal used by an individual who is being coerced by one or more hostile persons. It is used to warn others that they are being forced to do something against their will.

Decoder Types (wiki)

Known-Plaintext Attack is an attack model for cryptanalysis where the attacker has access to both the plaintext (called a crib), and its encrypted version (ciphertext). These can be used to reveal further secret information such as secret keys and code books.

Flag Semaphore is the telegraphy system conveying information at a distance by means of visual signals with hand-held Flags, rods, disks, paddles, or occasionally bare or gloved hands. Information is encoded by the position of the flags; it is read when the flag is in a fixed position. Semaphores were adopted and widely used (with hand-held flags replacing the mechanical arms of shutter semaphores) in the maritime world in the 19th century. It is still used during underway replenishment at sea and is acceptable for emergency communication in daylight or, using lighted wands instead of flags, at night. Meaning to bear; altogether the sign-bearer. It's kind of like readingnumbers on a clock, telling the time using letters and different numbers.

Computer Programing

Secret is something not open or public; kept private, hidden or not revealed. Not openly made known. Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods. Prevent from being seen or discovered. Be or go into hiding; keep out of sight, as for protection and safety. Make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing.

Codes and special phrases have a purpose, to transmit information in social groups so that only the receiver knows the meaning, and codes can also provide technical information quickly and easily. Chemistry

Code, in communications and information processing, code is a system of rules to convert information—such as a letter, word, sound, image, or gesture—into another form or representation, sometimes shortened or secret, for communication through a channel or storage in a medium. Writing Code

The USPS Facility Deciphers Illegible Handwriting at the United States Postal Service Remote Encoding Center

Media Keywords
Mind Maps
Story Telling
Book Types

"Hey, thanks for defining the word "many" for me. It means a lot."

Finding the Right Words using Thesaurus and other Tools

Interpretation is a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something. An explanation of something that is not immediately obvious.

Passage is a section of text; particularly a section of medium length. The act of passing from one state or place to the next.

Explanation is a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant. Structure or operation or circumstances etc. Thought that makes something comprehensible.

Understood is fully apprehended as to purport or meaning or explanation. Know and comprehend the nature or meaning of.
Make sense of a language. Understanding

Learning Methods

Does Language and Vision work together to help you interpret what you're seeing?

"People can still get the wrong impressions even when you modify a message to make sure that people don't get the wrong impression. People can still can get the wrong impression because of the way you modified the question in anticipation of the
possible wrong impression. This is why we sometimes need to say, "please don't take this in the wrong way, but..."


You have to be extremely careful how you use Labels. Some labels are to general, and some discriminate, and some manipulate.


Label is written or printed information about something or a particular product.

Warning Label is a label attached to an item, or contained in an item's instruction manual, warning the user about risks associated with the use of the item, and may include restrictions by the manufacturer or seller on certain uses. Most of them are placed to limit civil liability in lawsuits against the item's manufacturer or seller. That sometimes results in labels which for some people seem to state the obvious.

Food Labels

Labeling is describing someone or something in a word or short phrase.

Labeling Theory is the theory of how the self-identity and behavior of individuals may be determined or influenced by the terms used to describe or classify them.

Stereo Types

You have to be careful how you see labels and understand them. Though labels are convenient to use, labels are not a full definition, or a full description of the contents. Whether a label refers to people, or material objects, you have to see beyond just a few details, you have to See the Whole Picture.

The words we use to describe things are just temporary labels. In order to fully describe anything, so that it can be fully understood, you need to use more then words and symbols. This is because meaning is not just what you see on the surface. There are always several layers of meaning beyond what you can see and beyond what the label describes. So never see things as being one dimensional. Because everyone knows that we live in a 3 dimensional world and that we are always discovering more and more about the world, a world that goes way beyond what we see or feel.

Butterfly Effect

Visual Tools

We should identify individuals by their Name, and not label them with an Affiliation. If a person wants to label themselves with something that cannot accurately define them as a person, then they should be described as a unidentified person.

If a group of individuals commits a crime, then those individuals must be apprehended and questioned. This is not about revenge or punishment, this is about learning from these particular individuals, and finding out why this crime was committed so that we can correct this misunderstanding and find ways to keep these crimes from repeating in the future.

If a person or persons claims to represent a group, we cannot use this label publicly when referring to these particular criminals, because that would cause other people who are not involved in the crime to be apprehended, questioned and victimized, which would waste time, people and resources, and not help find the actual criminals.  Guantanamo

Labels like terrorist, extremist, fundamentalist, or any religious name, are confusing and distracting. A physical description of a person is the most effective means in finding a criminal. And if they have a name that would also help. Family Name
A persons religion or affiliation does not explain who a person is as an individual. A persons personal beliefs can not be defined by a single name, or can an individual be defined by their personal name. The only way to know some one is to spend time with them and learn, listen and understand the story of their life, and the experiences that help shape them into the person that they are today.

Everyone is born an Individual, and that is how we treat each other, as individuals.

Racism, Prejudice, Discrimination are all barriers. They destroy the mind, they destroy communication, they destroy the hearts and the the souls of all who are afflicted with these illogical behaviors.

Tag is a label attached to someone or something for the purpose of identification or to give other information.

Labels do not describe all the Layers, labels only give you a starting point from which to inquire more information. Comprehension


Pro Literacy
Family Literacy
Literacy Programs
Literacy Collaborative
Literacy Center
Literacy and Technology

LINCS Literacy Information and Communication System
Vocabulary Tools (mouse over items and hear recorded pronunciation)

At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, almost 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom including 57 million youngsters who are not attending school.  More.. 

High-income families are being exposed too 30 million more words than children from families on welfare, which seems catastrophic, but if the extra words in your vocabulary are never used effectively and efficiently, then extra words in your vocabulary will only give you a little more potential. You have to define the most important words, and then you have to learn how to use them effectively and efficiently.
Thirty Million Words

High school students today are reading books intended for children with reading levels around 5.3, which is barely above the fifth grade reading level. It's criminal and abusive. How do you correctly measure Fluency?

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Letters - Words - Symbols

Alphabet Board Alphabet is a standard set of letters (basic written symbols or graphemes) that is used to write one or more languages based on the general principle that the letters represent phonemes (basic significant sounds) of the spoken language. 26 letters in the English Alphabet, in uppercase and lower case in photo.

Letter is a grapheme (written character) in an alphabetic system of writing.

Grapheme is the smallest unit of a writing system of any given language.

Glyph is an elemental symbol within an agreed set of symbols, intended to represent a readable character for the purposes of writing.

Hieroglyph is a character of the ancient Egyptian writing system.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs were the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt. It combined logographic, syllabic and alphabetic elements, with a total of some 1,000 distinct characters. Cursive hieroglyphs were used for religious literature on papyrus and wood. The later hieratic and demotic Egyptian scripts are derived from hieroglyphic writing; Meroitic was a late derivation from Demotic.

Latin Alphabet
Greek Alphabet
Ugaritic Alphabet
Phoenician Alphabet is the oldest verified alphabet.
Numbers are the Root of Language

Phonics is a method for teaching reading and writing of the English language by developing learners' phonemic awareness—the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes—in order to teach the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them. The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out, or, in phonics terms, blending the sound-spelling patterns. Since it focuses on the spoken and written units within words, phonics is a sublexical approach and, as a result, is often contrasted with whole language, a word-level-up philosophy for teaching reading (see History and controversy below).

International Phonetic Alphabet
NATO Phonetic Alphabet
Phonetic Transcription
IPA for English
IPA Conventions for English

Alphabet A to ZSymbol is a mark, sign, or word that indicates, signifies, or is understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship. Symbols allow people to go beyond what is known or seen by creating linkages between otherwise very different concepts and experiences. All communication (and data processing) is achieved through the use of symbols. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures, ideas or visual images and are used to convey other ideas and beliefs. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for "STOP". On a map, a blue line might represent a river. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Alphabetic letters may be symbols for sounds. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose may symbolize love and compassion. The variable 'x', in a mathematical equation, may symbolize the position of a particle in space.
Symbolism (wiki)

Sign Language

Codes - Computer Codes

Pictogram is an ideogram that conveys its meaning through its pictorial resemblance to a physical object.

Ideogram is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept, independent of any particular language, and specific words or phrases.

Logogram is a written character that represents a word or phrase.

Warning Sign indicates a hazard ahead on the road that may not be readily apparent to a driver.


Syllabary is a set of written symbols that represent the syllables or (more frequently) moras which make up words.

Syllable is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. For example, the word water is composed of two syllables: wa and ter. A syllable is typically made up of a syllable nucleus (most often a vowel) with optional initial and final margins (typically, consonants). Syllables are often considered the phonological "building blocks" of words. They can influence the rhythm of a language, its prosody, its poetic meter and its stress patterns.

Structural Anthropology
Text Analysis Software
Chinese Character

Cuneiform Script is one of the earliest systems of writing, was invented by the Sumerians. It is distinguished by its wedge-shaped marks on clay tablets, made by means of a blunt reed for a stylus. The name cuneiform itself simply means "wedge shaped".

Babylonian Numerals were written in cuneiform, using a wedge-tipped reed stylus to make a mark on a soft clay tablet
which would be exposed in the sun to harden to create a permanent record.

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed.

Web Typography Fonts



Word Cloud for Education Word is a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed. A unit of language that native speakers can identify. Choose and use particular words in order to say or write (something). A brief statement. A verbal command for action. Put into words or an expression. Information about recent and important events. An exchange of views on some topic. A promise. A word is a string of bits stored in computer memory. A secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group. Word is the smallest element that may be uttered in isolation with semantic or pragmatic content (with literal or practical meaning). This contrasts deeply with a morpheme, which is the smallest unit of meaning but will not necessarily stand on its own.

Root Word is a word that does not have a prefix (in front of the word) or a suffix (at the end of a word).


Keyword (linguistics) is a word which occurs in a text more often than we would expect to occur by chance alone.
Keyword (computer programming), word or identifier that has a particular meaning to the programming language.
Keyword (cryptography), word used as the key to determine the letter matchings of the cipher alphabet to the plain alphabet.
Keyword_(rhetoric) is a word that academics use to reveal the internal structure of an author's reasoning.

Index term, a term used as a keyword to retrieve documents in an information system such as a catalog or a search engine.


Semitic Root are the roots of verbs and most nouns in the Semitic languages that are characterized as a sequence of consonants or "radicals" (hence the term consonantal root). Such abstract consonantal roots are used in the formation of actual words by adding the vowels and non-root consonants (or "transfixes") which go with a particular morphological category around the root consonants, in an appropriate way, generally following specific patterns. It is a peculiarity of Semitic linguistics that a large majority of these consonantal roots are triliterals (although there are a number of quadriliterals, and in some languages also biliterals).

Function Word has been highly influential in the grammar used in second language acquisition and English Language teaching. Function words (also called functors) are words that have little lexical meaning or have ambiguous meaning, but instead serve to express grammatical relationships with other words within a sentence, or specify the attitude or mood of the speaker. They signal the structural relationships that words have to one another and are the glue that holds sentences together. Thus, they serve as important elements to the structures of sentences. Words that are not function words are called content words (or open class words or lexical words or autosemantic words): these include nouns, verbs, adjectives, and most adverbs, although some adverbs are function words (e.g., then and why). Dictionaries define the specific meanings of content words, but can only describe the general usages of function words. By contrast, grammars describe the use of function words in detail, but treat lexical words in general terms only.

Morpheme is the smallest grammatical unit in a language. In other words, it is the smallest meaningful unit of a language. The field of study dedicated to morphemes is called morphology. A morpheme is not identical to a word, and the principal difference between the two is that a morpheme may or may not stand alone, whereas a word, by definition, is freestanding. When it stands by itself, it is considered as a root because it has a meaning of its own (e.g. the morpheme cat) and when it depends on another morpheme to express an idea, it is an affix because it has a grammatical function (e.g. the –s in cats to indicate that it is plural). Every word comprises one or more morphemes.

Inflection is the modification of a word to express different grammatical categories such as tense, case, voice, aspect, person, number, gender, and mood. The inflection of verbs is also called conjugation, and one can refer to the inflection of nouns, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, determiners, participles, prepositions, postpositions, numerals, articles etc, as declension.

Fluency is the property of a person or of a system that delivers information quickly and with expertise.

Word Games
The Word

Noun is a word that functions as the name of some specific thing or set of things, such as living creatures, objects, places, actions, qualities, states of existence, or ideas.

Pronoun is a word that substitutes for a noun or noun phrase.

Verb is a word (part of speech) that in syntax conveys an action (bring, read, walk, run, learn), an occurrence (happen, become), or a state of being (be, exist, stand).

Irregular Verb is any verb whose conjugation follows the typical pattern, or one of the typical patterns, of the language to which it belongs. A verb whose conjugation follows a different pattern is called an irregular verb. (This is one instance of the distinction between regular and irregular inflection, which can also apply to other word classes, such as nouns and adjectives.).

Auxiliary Verb is a verb that adds functional or grammatical meaning to the clause in which it appears, such as to express tense, aspect, modality, voice, emphasis, etc. Auxiliary verbs usually accompany a main verb. The main verb provides the main semantic content of the clause. An example is the verb have in the sentence I have finished my dinner. Here, the main verb is finish, and the auxiliary have helps to express the perfect aspect. Some sentences contain a chain of two or more auxiliary verbs. Auxiliary verbs are also called helping verbs, helper verbs, or (verbal) auxiliaries.

Gerund is a term for a verb form that functions as a noun. In English, the term has been applied to -ing forms in certain uses. Traditional grammar made a distinction within -ing forms between present participles and gerunds, a distinction that is not observed in such modern linguistically-informed grammars as A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language and The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language.

Non-Finite Verb

Adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, determiner, noun phrase, clause, or sentence.

Adjective is a describing word, the main syntactic role of which is to qualify a noun or noun phrase, giving more information about the object signified.

Superlative is any of several verb forms that are not finite verbs; they cannot serve as the root of an independent clause. Most nonfinite verbs found in English are infinitives, participles and gerunds. (They sometimes are called verbals, but that term has traditionally applied only to participles and gerunds.) Additional nonfinite forms found in some other languages include converbs, gerundives and supines.

Affix is a morpheme that is attached to a word stem to form a new word. Affixes may be derivational, like English -ness and pre-, or inflectional, like English plural -s and past tense -ed. They are bound morphemes by definition; prefixes and suffixes may be separable affixes. Affixations, the linguistic process speakers use form different words by adding morphemes (affixes) at the beginning (prefixation), the middle (infixation) or the end (suffixation) of words.

Suffix is an affix which is placed after the stem of a word. Common examples are case endings, which indicate the grammatical case of nouns or adjectives, and verb endings, which form the conjugation of verbs

Prefix is an affix which is placed before the stem of a word. Adding it to the beginning of one word changes it into another word. For example, when the prefix un- is added to the word happy, it creates the word unhappy. Particularly in the study of languages, a prefix is also called a preformative, because it alters the form of the words to which it is affixed.

Part of Speech is a category of words (or, more generally, of lexical items) which have similar grammatical properties. Words that are assigned to the same part of speech generally display similar behavior in terms of syntax—they play similar roles within the grammatical structure of sentences—and sometimes in terms of morphology, in that they undergo inflection for similar properties. Commonly listed English parts of speech are noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, interjection, and sometimes numeral, article or determiner.

Subject in a simple English sentence such as John runs, John is a teacher, or John was hit by a car is the person or thing about whom the statement is made, in this case 'John'. Traditionally the subject is the word or phrase which controls the verb in the clause, that is to say with which the verb agrees (John is but John and Mary are). If there is no verb, as in John - what an idiot!, or if the verb has a different subject, as in John - I can't stand him!, then 'John' is not considered to be the grammatical subject, but can be described as the 'topic' of the sentence.

Predicate as one of two main parts of a sentence, the other part being the subject; the purpose of the predicate is to complete an idea about the subject, such as what it does or what it is like. The predicate of a sentence mostly corresponds to the main verb and any auxiliaries that accompany the main verb; whereas the arguments of that predicate (e.g. the subject and object noun phrases) are outside the predicate.

Object in a sentence as the entity that is acted upon by the subject. There is thus a primary distinction between subjects and objects that is understood in terms of the action expressed by the verb, e.g. Tom studies grammar - Tom is the subject and grammar is the object.

Infinitive is a grammatical term referring to certain verb forms existing in many languages, most often used as non-finite verbs. As with many linguistic concepts, there is not a single definition applicable to all languages. The word is derived from Late Latin [modus] infinitivus, a derivative of infinitus meaning "unlimited".

Word Order is when different languages arrange words differently in a particular order. There are six theoretically possible basic word orders for the transitive sentence: subject–verb–object (SVO), subject–object–verb (SOV), verb–subject–object (VSO), verb–object–subject (VOS), object–subject–verb (OSV) and object–verb–subject (OVS). The overwhelming majority of the world's languages are either SVO or SOV, with a much smaller but still significant portion using VSO word order.

Syntax is the set of rules, principles, and processes that govern the structure of sentences in a given language, specifically word order. The term syntax is also used to refer to the study of such principles and processes.

Passive Voice is a grammatical voice common in many languages. In a clause with passive voice, the grammatical subject expresses the theme or patient of the main verb – that is, the person or thing that undergoes the action or has its state changed. This contrasts with active voice, in which the subject has the agent role. For example, in the passive sentence "The tree was pulled down", the subject (the tree) denotes the patient rather than the agent of the action. In contrast, the sentences "Someone pulled down the tree" and "The tree is down" are active sentences.

English Auxiliaries and Contractions is generally conceived as one with little semantic meaning of its own, which modifies the meaning of another verb with which it co-occurs. In English, verbs are often classed as auxiliaries on the basis of certain grammatical properties, particularly as regards their syntax – primarily whether they participate in subject–auxiliary inversion, and can be negated by the simple addition of not after them.

Regularization is a linguistic phenomenon observed in language acquisition, language development and language change typified by the replacement of irregular forms in morphology or syntax by regular ones. Examples are "gooses" instead of "geese" in child speech and replacement of the Middle English plural form for "cow", "kine", with "cows".  Regularization is a common process in natural languages; regularized forms can replace loanword forms (such as with "cows" and "kine") or coexist with them (such as with "formulae" and "formulas" or "hepatitides" and "hepatitises").

Participle is a form of a verb that is used in a sentence to modify a noun, noun phrase, verb, or verb phrase, and plays a role similar to an adjective or adverb. A simpler, but less comprehensive, definition is that it is a verbal adjective.

Conjugation is the creation of derived forms of a verb from its principal parts by inflection (alteration of form according to rules of grammar). Conjugation may be affected by person, number, gender, tense, aspect, mood, voice, and/or other grammatical categories such as possession, definiteness, politeness, causativity, clusivity, interrogativity, transitivity, valency, polarity, telicity, volition, mirativity, evidentiality, associativity, pluractionality, agreement, polypersonal agreement, incorporation, noun class, noun classifiers, and verb classifiers in some languages.

Declension is the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and articles to indicate number (at least singular and plural), case (nominative or subjective, genitive or possessive, etc.), and gender. A declension is also a group of nouns that follow a particular pattern of inflection.

Ablative is a grammatical case for nouns, pronouns and adjectives in the grammar of various languages; it is sometimes used to express motion away from something, among other uses.

Aorist verb forms usually express perfective aspect and refer to past events, similar to a preterite. Ancient Greek grammar had the aorist form, and the grammars of other Indo-European languages and languages influenced by the Indo-European grammatical tradition, such as Middle Persian, Sanskrit, Armenian, the South Slavic languages, and Georgian also have forms referred to as aorist.

Consonant is a speech sound that is articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract. Examples are [p], pronounced with the lips; [t], pronounced with the front of the tongue; [k], pronounced with the back of the tongue; [h], pronounced in the throat; [f] and [s], pronounced by forcing air through a narrow channel (fricatives); and [m] and [n], which have air flowing through the nose (nasals). Contrasting with consonants are vowels.

Vowel is a sound in spoken language, with two competing definitions. In the more common phonetic definition, a vowel is a sound pronounced with an open vocal tract, so that the tongue does not touch the lips, teeth, or roof of the mouth, such as the English "ah" /ɑː/ or "oh" /oʊ/. There is no build-up of air pressure at any point above the glottis. This contrasts with consonants, such as the English "sh" [ʃː], which have a constriction or closure at some point along the vocal tract. In the other, phonological definition, a vowel is defined as syllabic, the sound that forms the peak of a syllable. A phonetically equivalent but non-syllabic sound is a semivowel. In oral languages, phonetic vowels normally form the peak (nucleus) of many to all syllables, whereas consonants form the onset and (in languages that have them) coda. Some languages allow other sounds to form the nucleus of a syllable, such as the syllabic (i.e., vocalic) l in the English word table [ˈtʰeɪb.l̩] (when not considered to have a weak vowel sound: [ˈtʰeɪb.əl]) or the syllabic r in the Serbo-Croatian word vrt [vr̩t] "garden".

Alliteration is a stylistic literary device identified by the repeated sound of the first letter in a series of multiple words, or the repetition of the same letter sounds in stressed syllables of a phrase. "Alliteration" is from the Latin word littera, meaning "letter of the alphabet", and the first known use of the word to refer to a literary device occurred around 1624. Alliteration narrowly refers to the repetition of a letter in any syllables that, according to the poem's meter, are stressed, as in James Thomson's verse "Come…dragging the lazy languid Line along". Another example is "Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers".

Contraction is a shortened version of the written and spoken forms of a word, syllable, or word group, created by omission of internal letters and sounds. In linguistic analysis, contractions should not be confused with crasis, abbreviations nor acronyms (including initialisms), with which they share some semantic and phonetic functions, though all three are connoted by the term "abbreviation" in loose parlance. Contraction is also distinguished from clipping, where beginnings and endings are omitted.


Digitized Books
Audio Books
Sight - Seeing


Writing Tips

Alpha Numeric Combinations 

Dictionary is a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information and definitions.

With so many words, it makes sense to know Which words are the most important, How many words do you need to know? How do you measure how many words you know? 20,000 effective words in your vocabulary would be the minimum. 


A person's Vocabulary is the set of words within a language that are familiar to that person. A vocabulary usually develops with age, and serves as a useful and fundamental tool for communication and acquiring knowledge.
Lexicon is the vocabulary of a person, language, or branch of knowledge (such as nautical or medical)

There are currently around 1,009,614 words in the English Language including thousands of obsolete words. 
(Scots have 421 words for snow)

The average person knows an average of about 5,000 - 20,000 words in their Vocabulary, which varies depending on their level of education, their spoken language and environment. In 1950 the average 14-year-old had a vocabulary of 25,000 words. By 1999, the average 14-year-old's vocabulary had dropped to only 10,000 words. A college-educated speaker of English could have a vocabulary as large as 80,000 words. The biggest individual vocabulary found was 192,500 words.

When starting to learn how to read and write, you should learn words that are relevant to your everyday life

If you make reading one of your priorities, and read the most important knowledge, your vocabulary should increase a few words a day. This should happen your entire life, but sadly to many adults stop learning new words, which puts the at a disadvantage and makes adults vulnerable to propaganda. 2 people can read the same thing and have 2 different opinions.

It's not just the size of your vocabulary that counts, but more importantly, it's the quality of words, it's how many words you Comprehend, it's how well you use words to communicate effectively, and how good you are at analyzing messages for accuracy.

Most Vocabulary Tests are flawed because they don't use the most effective words we have. 
What good is having a large vocabulary of words if the words are obsolete or ineffective?

My Vocabulary Size
Measure Vocabulary Size

Rhymes with Reason is an interactive educational tool that facilitates vocabulary acquisition through hip-hop lyrics.
Hip Hop Education

Word Knowledge
Word Matrix
The Word

Most Common Words in English
200 Words
500 Words
Vocabulary Lessons
Vocabulary Software

The words in this Website will make up the rest of your 20,000 word vocabulary.

Measure your students’ Vocabulary Size
Test Your Vocab
How many English words do you know?

Word Games

Use words that matter that are known to be valuable and are know to increase your understanding and awareness.
Inspirational Words, Media Words, Mental Health Words, Physical Health Words and so on.

Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.

Create a Word Cloud
Cut Letters in Half
Educational Games

Everyone should learn a new word everyday. The ‘Word of the Day’ will be used in 3 sentences.  Word Counting
And each sentence used will have more meaning then the word itself. The sentences used will also have lessons involved so you are not just learning the meaning of a word. You are learning why that particular word is used, why that particular sentence needs that word and learning what the sentence means as a whole, whether it's a quote or passage from a book. 

The Word
Word Games
Word Games
Games with Words

Charades is a word guessing game. Originally, the game was a dramatic form of literary charades: a single person would act out each syllable of a word or phrase in order, followed by the whole phrase together, while the rest of the group guessed. A variant was to have teams who acted scenes out together while the others guessed. Today, it is common to require the actors to mime their hints without using any spoken words, which requires some conventional gestures. Puns and visual puns were and remain common.

Word Think
Word Smith
Word Masters Challenge
Word Association
Watch Out 4 Snakes
Words Play

Word of the Day
Word of the Day
Super Kids
Word Nik

Etymology is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time. By extension, the term "the etymology (of a word)" means the origin of the particular word.

Brain Games
Word Twist

Crossword Grid
Crossword Puzzles

Anagram is direct word switch or word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; for example, the word anagram can be rearranged into nag-a-ram. Someone who creates anagrams may be called an "anagrammatist". The original word or phrase is known as the subject of the anagram. Anagrams are often used as a form of mnemonic device as well. Any word or phrase that exactly reproduces the letters in another order is an anagram. However, the goal of serious or skilled anagrammatists is to produce anagrams that in some way reflect or comment on the subject.

Words Domination
Word Recall Game

Boggle is a word game played using a plastic grid of lettered dice, in which players attempt to find words in sequences of adjacent letters.

Boggle Bash
Learning Games
Memory Games
Twenty Questions (PDF)

"I love words, words can be so wonderful, I couldn't imagine a world without words."

Book Types

Book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is a leaf, and each side of a leaf is a page. A set of text-filled or illustrated pages produced in electronic format is known as an electronic book, or e-book.

E-book is an electronic book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on the flat-panel display of computers or other electronic devices. Although sometimes defined as "an electronic version of a printed book", some e-books exist without a printed equivalent. Commercially produced and sold e-books are usually intended to be read on dedicated e-reader devices. However, almost any sophisticated computer device that features a controllable viewing screen can also be used to read e-books, including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. E-Books

Novel is a long narrative, normally in prose, which describes fictional characters and events, usually in the form of a sequential Story.

Graphic Novel is a book made up of comics content. Although the word "novel" normally refers to long fictional works, the
term "graphic novel" is applied broadly and includes fiction, non-fiction, and anthologized work. It is distinguished from the term "comic book", which is used for comics periodicals.

Comics is a medium used to express ideas by images, often combined with text or other visual information. Comics frequently takes the form of juxtaposed sequences of panels of images. Often textual devices such as speech balloons, captions, and onomatopoeia indicate dialogue, narration, sound effects, or other information. Size and arrangement of panels contribute to narrative pacing.

Play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue between characters, intended for theatrical performance rather than just reading. Plays are performed at a variety of levels, from Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, to Community theatre, as well as University or school productions. There are rare dramatists, notably George Bernard Shaw, who have had little preference whether their plays were performed or read. The term "play" can refer to both the written works of playwrights and to their complete theatrical performance. Movies

Screenplay is a written work by screenwriters for a film, video game, or television program. These screenplays can be original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing. In them, the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated. A screenplay written for television is also known as a teleplay.


Manuscript is any document written by hand or typewritten, as opposed to being mechanically printed or reproduced in some automated way. More recently, it is understood to be an author's written, typed, or word-processed copy of a work, as distinguished from the print of the same. Printing History

Diary is a record (originally in handwritten format) with discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened over the course of a day or other period. A personal diary may include a person's experiences, and/or thoughts or feelings, including comments on current events outside the writer's direct experience. Someone who keeps a diary is known as a diarist. Diaries undertaken for institutional purposes play a role in many aspects of human civilization, including government records (e.g. Hansard), business ledgers and military records. In British English, the word may also denote a preprinted journal format.

Journal is a daily record of events or business; a private journal is usually referred to as a diary.

Commonplace Book is a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces are used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they have learned. Each commonplace book is unique to its creator's particular interests. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.

Scrapbooking is a method, an art for preserving, presenting, arranging personal and family history in the form of a book, box, card. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking is a hobby commonly practiced in many parts of the world.

Biography is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.

Autobiography is a written account of the life of a person written by that person. In other words, it is the story that a person wrote about themselves.

Epigram - Sayings

Human Interest Story is a feature story that discusses a person, or people, or a companion animal in an emotional way. It presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest, sympathy or motivation in the reader or viewer.

Essay - Research Papers

Literary is any single body of written works. More restrictively, it is writing considered as an art form, or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, often due to deploying language in ways that differ from ordinary usage.


Visual Literacy is the ability to interpret, negotiate, and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image, extending the meaning of literacy, which commonly signifies interpretation of a written or printed text. Visual literacy is based on the idea that pictures can be “read” and that meaning can be through a process of reading.

Flip Book is a book with a series of pictures that vary gradually from one page to the next, so that when the pages are turned rapidly, the pictures appear to animate by simulating motion or some other change.

Spatial Intelligence

Exposition is the insertion of important background information within a story; for example, information about the setting, characters' backstories, prior plot events, historical context, etc. In a specifically literary context, exposition appears in the form of expository writing embedded within the narrative. Exposition is one of four rhetorical modes (also known as modes of discourse), along with description, argumentation, and narration, as elucidated by Alexander Bain and John Genung. Each of the rhetorical modes is present in a variety of forms, and each has its own purpose and conventions. There are several ways to accomplish exposition.

Summary is a brief summary of a research article, thesis, review, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a particular subject and is often used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper's purpose. When used, an abstract always appears at the beginning of a manuscript or typescript, acting as the point-of-entry for any given academic paper or patent application. Abstracting and indexing services for various academic disciplines are aimed at compiling a body of literature for that particular subject.


Literary Genre is a category of literary composition. Genres may be determined by literary technique, tone, content, or even (as in the case of fiction) length. The distinctions between genres and categories are flexible and loosely defined, often with subgroups.

Writing Styles

What I Read Most:
News Articles is a written work published in a print or electronic medium. It may be for the purpose of propagating news, research results, academic analysis or debate.

Reports is to give an account or representation of in words. A written document describing the findings of some individual or group. Announce as the result of an investigation or experience or finding.

Wikipedia Pages
Research Papers

Blogs is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts").

PDF's is a file format used to present documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.


What I Watch Most:
Lectures is an oral presentation intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject, for example by a university or college teacher. Lectures are used to convey critical information, history, background, theories, and equations. A politician's speech, a minister's sermon, or even a businessman's sales presentation may be similar in form to a lecture. Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content.

Ted Videos
Youtube Videos
Daily Show

Radio, TV, News Papers and Magazines are mostly just Propaganda and Ignorance

Digital Text Books - Electronic Books - eBooks - Online Books - Printed Text 

Project Gutenberg
Digital Public Library 
E Books Store

Google E-Books
Kindle eBooks (amazon)

Overdrive app, thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, and videos from your local library.

Electronic Text is a general term for any document that is read in digital form, and especially a document that is mainly text. For example, a computer based book of art with minimal text, or a set of photographs or scans of pages, would not usually be called an "e-text". The term is usually synonymous with e-book. An e-text may be a binary or a plain text file, viewed with any open source or proprietary software. An e-text may have markup or other formatting information, or not. An e-text may be an electronic edition of a work originally composed or published in other media, or may be created in electronic form originally.

E books
E Pub Books
I Pad Education
Dynamic Books
Open Source Content
Light and Matter
Online Bookshop
Informa World
Edu Place
World Book Online
Barnes & Noble
National Academies Press
McGraw Hill
McGraw Hill Elementary Books
Fiction Press
Adobe Digital Editions

Audio Books
Audible Books
Audio Books
Audio Books
Learn out Loud 
Emic 2 Text-to-Speech Module
Audio Books (youtube Channel)
Can listening to Audiobooks at a faster speed, 150 or 200 percent, increase Comprehension?
“speed listening.”
Speed Reading
Fast Writing
Open Library
Iee Explore Digital Library
Perfection Learning

Reading Comprehension

What is Propaganda?

Buy and Sell Old Text Books
Remixable Textbooks Online or Off
Used Text Books
Rent Textbooks
College Book Renter
Academic Superstore
Vital Source
Book Trade 
Book Finder
Hornbook is a book that serves as primer for study.
Popular Books to Read
Cambridge Press
Open Source Curriculum
Paper Spine

Book Swim
Make your own Text and Photo Books
Course Smart
Public Zero Publications
The Academic Library
Mike Matas Interactive E-Books (youtube)
Push Pop Press Next Generation Digital Books
Crowd Source Research Library
Organize Research and Share
Bibliography (wiki)
Bibliophobia the fear or hatred of books

"I fear reading comics because they may not be funny"

Library Locations

Plagiarism - Copyright Info
Inspirational Books
Information Resources

News Resources

Books Assigned by Colleges

Popular Books Assigned by Colleges

English Books Assigned by Colleges

BEACH BOOKS: 2014-2016: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class? (pdf)

Most Read Books by High School Students

Books about Reading and Writing

Literacy Assured: Integrating Language Arts With a New 3 R's (Book)
Relationships - Reasoning - Responsibility
More Books by Robert and Lois Wolsch
The Three R's (wiki)
Reading - Writing - Arithmetic
How to Write, Speak and Think More Effectively (Book)

Dimensions of Literacy: A Conceptual Base for Teaching Reading and Writing in School Settings Paperback – April 20, 2009 (amazon)
Making Literacy Real: Theories and Practices for Learning and Teaching Paperback – October 3, 2005 (amazon)
How to Teach Balanced Reading and Writing Paperback – May 16, 2006 (amazon)
Best Practices in Literacy Instruction, Third Edition Paperback – January 11, 2007 (amazon)

I do not agree with everything that has been written in Books. I assimilate the most logical parts of information and put them together to form an understanding. Then I write down my understandings so that I can share this information with others.
Every person must learn how to recognize what information is accurate and valuable. So what is your procedure or filtering and assimilating information?

Information Literacy

"Try not to assume that some words are directly meant for you until you are absolutely sure of the Audience to which those words were originally intended for"

"Knowing how to read is like knowing how to walk. If you know how to walk, then you walk, you don't crawl around on your hands and knees. If you can read, then you read. You can't expect to learn and become more intelligent without reading. Get off your knees and start reading. You have unlimited potential, use it or lose it. It's like being in the cockpit of an airplane, if you never learn to read the instruments, then you will never fly."

Lumière: Eye Protection Lamp you take anywhere, Cordless, Simple and 360º Adjustable

Women Reading a Book in Bed

The Thinker Man