Reading in a foreign language is tough and scanning / speed reading in it is even tougher.
Scanning as in the ability to erm scan / look through pages and finding the information you need at one glance or getting a sense of the content in a quick look.
For me, I find it pretty easy to do that in English. One look and I can kinda get the gist/feel of the article or a website I’m looking at.
But for Korean it’s so different. First off most Korean sites are convoluted. There are just sooooo many details I don’t even know where to start looking.
Site layouts aside, I find it extremely hard to do scanning in Korean.
First off, the way the language is structured made it hard for me to identify keywords. All I see is a lump of text. Maybe native speakers have a different view but for me I cannot seem to focus on any keywords when presented with a Korean article. My eyes just fail to focus anywhere. Maybe it’s really cos of my untrained eyes lol
Secondly, I’m so used to reading every single word and paying so much details to every single sentence that I feel really weird and insecure if I don’t read everything. Urgh this is hard to explain but I find speed reading something that goes against my principles of detailed reading. I have the compulsive need to start reading from the top all the way to the bottom. ><;;; It feels like I'm unable to pick out important information if I don't do so. Again I feel how lacking I am when it comes to Korean proficiency skills ><;;; As I'm typing this out on my phone, I'm staring at the 대한민국사 book and I cannot absorb anything. Sure, i am tired. But if I can't read Korean when I'm tired... it just means I'm not good enough.