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English Language Test

If you have 2 minutes to spare, try these two puzzles.

Test Number 1:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

Test Number 2:

In the Age of Information, we all have to speed read. There is no time to read every word. We tend to read only the first and last sentences of each paragraph.

The reason we can read and understand the first test and the same reason we made the mistake with the second test is because:

Underpinning all of this, we are able to do so is because these tests are in English and we are able read in this language.

A person who does not read in English will have great difficulty in translating the first test to another language because of the misspelling. By the same token, this person will probably get the second test correct because he or she would have had to read every single word to find the 'f'.


thumbnail Here is what professor at Cambridge has to say about this.

thumbnail Thank you for this, Larry. It wulod hvae been itnreetisng if taht pofreossr had wirettn taht wohle psot lkie tihs so we culod see how mcuh hrdear it wulod hvae been to raed it.


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