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Can Learning Japanese or Chinese Help Dyslexia?

Can Learning Japanese or Chinese Help Dyslexia?

Learning Japanese or Chinese can help students with dyslexia, the neurologically-based learning disability: That might sound counter-logical, given that dyslexics have difficulties with language-based tasks. But because both Japanese and Chinese use character-based writing systems instead of an alphabet (though Japanese also has another writing system, kana, which is based on phonetic sounds and more similar to an alphabet), they can be more easy for some dyslexics to grasp. Adding to the observations of parents and educators is recent brain-imaging research, as the Wall Street Journal notes: A study of school-age children published last year in Psychological Science compared how good readers and dyslexic readers learn language. Using brain-imaging technology, researchers at the Yale Center found that when people with dyslexia read in English they rely on the same region o...

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