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Voicing the words,as you write or read...How to stop it?

It wastes a lot of energy, and limits the speed....

any other tricks than singing... cause I also need to comprehend the matter

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You could try to imagine the words being spoken in your mind, I suppose. :) – Anderson Green Feb 4 '13 at 17:40
+1 for imagine words spoken, good exercise... – CoolEulerProject Feb 5 '13 at 12:46

I also tried to learn speed reading by myself with books/articles/websites etc. But my progress was very slow. In my opinion professional software is the way to go.

Here are two suggestions:

I like EyeQ best, because it has better structured exercises.

To answer your question: The apps have exercises like chunk reading, widening your field of vision and pacing. You can do each exercise on your own, but it is more effective if the program forces you to follow the rules. During the courses you will read faster and thus give up voicing automatically.

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Besides humming or singing while you read, you can also learn to recognize chunks of words at a time. I took a speed reading class that did exactly that - once you can recognize and comprehend three to five words at a time, you can skip the vocalization.

Let's look at this paragraph again in chunks:

humming or singing
while you read
you can also learn

Etc. Basically, take a speed reading course and learn chunking. They should throw different, but commonly found "chunks" at you, the only difference being specific nouns. The idea is that you can recognize the chunk's meaning and focus on the nouns or specific differences.

EDIT - About halfway through this page is a description of how you can learn chunking on your own:

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Not same but similar question asked before in here. Take a look How to stop talking LOUDLY to myself?

First of all, this situation is bad thing for you. But It's not always bad. It's %100 up to you. I think, for you, See->Understand seems much more efficient than See->Say->Understand. Actually, it depends on your personality. If I'm alone, I often choose second one. I'm a better learner when I said myself what I learn.

But It's a problem for you, so here is some topics;

  • Holding your hand in your mouth. It looks this is the best efficient way to prevent it. Not too much hard pressure on your mouth. Just enough to keep it close. Your finger or hand will remind you not to move your lips.
  • Put a little piece of tape on your mouth while reading. It's look weird but when you do it regularly, it can prevent your vocalization habit. True story!
  • Read in chunks of words or as fast as you can so your mental vocalization can't keep up.
  • Using pen or finger. The pen/finger thing is most definitely optional. In fact, there are some teachers who discourage this as an artificial way of pacing oneself. I can understand their dislike of the practice. If you were to actually follow a pen or finger moving smoothly across a page with your eyes, reading would be impossible because everything is a blur!

As a software, ayckosters' examples are really good (Specially EyeQ). But I also recomended you Rocketreader. Analyze how it works.

RocketReader is a better way to learn speed reading than learning from a book or attending an expensive course. Seminars and speed-reading books leave it up to you to train yourself to break lifelong habits of reading. For most people this is impossible. RocketReader use the following highly effective speed-reading techniques, exercises and tests to show you how it is done and to train you to do it.

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As for your vocalizations, I wouldn't necessarily think of them as an issue that needs to be fixed. The most important book I've read recently was "Your Brain at Work" and it mentioned many techniques such as vocalizing and sketching recently assimilated information to involve more regions of the brain during the process of synthsizing the "new" input data. Verbalizing it isn't such a bad thing.

Also, in terms of speed reading... the single most important tool to the speed reader is the finger. Move it fast and focus. A number of courses are available such as those mentioned above.

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One of the things that really helped me speed read and have realistic expectations was reading 10 days to Faster Reading by Abby Marks Beale (find her on amazon) ...

I became a fan .. one of things that she recently came out with is "10 Minutes to Faster Reading" - a free pdf download .. really good for those who are starting out and goes over some of these issues .. such as sub-vocalization.

If you are interested you can also take her Rev It Up Reading online speed reading course.

Anyway here is the link to download her free ebook!

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