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Old 12-06-2012, 08:33 AM   #1
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Learning to "see/live" books

Hello fellow reader,
i just tried to find informations about "how to learn visualize books".
But the only thing i found was how to read faster.
I am a german mathematician and in the past i read mostly dry historical stuff.
While doing that that imagination wasn't important to me.

No i'd like to read Alice in wonderland or Gulliver's travels.

Therefore i'd really like to learn to get "into" the books.
Do you have any tips or even threads/books how i can manage that?
Is reading books in foreign languages an obstacle for imagination?

Thank you for all input
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:17 AM   #2
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Seriously, read. Read again, again and again. It's a practice, imagination like brain is a muscle to train! Read and enjoy!
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I'm not sure that anyone can teach you to have imagination. It's something that you either have or you don't.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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If I read a descriptive passage I will close my eyes for a little while and "see" the scene behind my eyelids. Try and get a feel for the atmosphere, the smells the sounds. I have done that since I was a child and still do it. Perhaps it isn't for you, but it helps me imagine what the author is trying to convey.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:47 PM   #5
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Is reading books in foreign languages an obstacle for imagination?
I would think not, but if you have this impression then simply read it in German. These books are all available.
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Therefore i'd really like to learn to get "into" the books.
Do you have any tips or even threads/books how i can manage that?
- Does it help you to see the illustrations or do they kill your own imagination?
- It might make a difference if you read the books or listen to an audio book.
- The best thing for getting into something is always to be active yourself. So, if you really want to make such a big task of it, you can draw pictures how you imagine that Alice or Gulliver or whoever looks like. Or you can stop after reading a few pages and spin your own continuation of the story.

I thought that history is full of exciting stuff too and not so dry!
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:25 PM   #6
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- It might make a difference if you read the books or listen to an audio book.
Great suggestion! When my daughter would get "stuck" on a passage she was reading and seemed blocked at being able to really understand what was happening, it usually helped if I read the same thing back to her out loud.

Audio books are, in my opinion, very nice alternatives to actually sitting and reading one's self. Some times I have actually jumped back and forth between an audio version I listen to while driving and the written version I continue with at home on weekends.
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Awesome thread topic OP.
I had never really thought of visualization and reading as seperate skills before.
I think it is something that everyone can do but is definately imprroved through practice.

A little google-fu and I found a pretty simple and useful article for increasing visualization.
From the article:
"1st Exercise

Find a photograph, and take your time to analyze it. Memorize every detail you can. Then simply close your eyes and try to recreate it in your mind. Bring in as much as you can: the colors, the birds in the sky, the freckles on the skin — whatever is there. Open your eyes to get more detail if you have to. Remember that this is not a test: do it until you get good at it."












How to Develop Your Visualization Skill
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