How to Teach Yourself to Read

You are not alone if you or someone you know cannot read. 32 million adults in the United States cannot read, or 14%, and 21% read below grade level. The good news is that learning to read never ends. This article can assist you or a loved one in improving their reading abilities.

1. Use the alphabet to begin. Reading begins with the alphabet. Since all English words are composed of the 26 letters that make up the alphabet, this is where you should begin. There are numerous methods for learning the alphabet; Choose the one that works best for you and how you learn best.

2. Sing all the letters. Although it may appear absurd, the “alphabet song” is a popular method for learning the alphabet because it is effective. Memorization is made easier by the melody, and the song as a whole helps students understand the alphabet and how letters relate to one another.
You can listen to the alphabet song online or ask a friend or family member to sing it and record it for you so you can listen to it over and over as you learn it.

3. Make letters with sandpaper. If you prefer to learn with your hands, pick up some sandpaper letters. Close your eyes and take a look at one of the sandpaper letters. Repeat the letter’s name and sound as you trace it with your fingers. Take your finger off the sandpaper when you’re ready and write the letter in the air.

4. Use alphabet magnets to practice. Buy a set of alphabet magnets to learn about each letter individually and how they are arranged in the alphabet. You can use these letters again later to practice making words.

5. Utilize a alphabet mat. Try learning with an alphabet mat if you have the space. Step on each letter on your mat and say the sound of each letter.

6. Set vowels apart from consonants. The alphabet is made up of five vowels: a, e, i, o, u; Consonants are the other letters in the alphabet.
You use your tongue and mouth to make vowel sounds in your throat, and you use your tongue and mouth to control the flow of your breath to make consonants. Consonants cannot be spoken by themselves, but vowels can. The letter A, for instance, is just “a,” but the letter B is actually “bee,” C is “see,” D is “dee,” and so on.

7. Apply phonics. When you learn that the letter C sounds like “sa” or “ka” or that the word “tion” sounds like “shun,” you are learning phonics. Phonics is all about relationships, specifically the relationships between letters and sounds in a language[1].

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