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> I didn't speak them. I didn't need to.

In other words, you weren't using those words to communicate anything to anyone else, just for your own internal thinking. Fair enough.

> Even without any training in phonics the author must've at least known the names if the letters?

A child might know the names of the letters but not know that sounding out words letter by letter is a good idea. The article discusses in some detail that apparently the strategy of sounding out unknown words letter by letter does not occur to children who aren't taught it; instead they use other much less effective strategies that do occur to them.




> A child might know the names of the letters but not know that sounding out words letter by letter is a good idea. The article discusses in some detail that apparently the strategy of sounding out unknown words letter by letter does not occur to children who aren't taught it; instead they use other much less effective strategies that do occur to them.

Oh ok I see. That makes sense.




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