So which is more quickly read, English or Chinese?

Chinese Writing Texture - Keely O'Shannessy

Which reads faster, Chinese or English? – The only person who I know who can read both languages fluently can read infinitely faster than I can, in either language.

Like Tim de Chant, I’d assumed that the information density of Chinese meant that Chinese read faster. In this article he looks at the relative reading speeds of native speakers in both languages with unexpected conclusions.

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