Friends.
Please don’t hate on Comic Sans.
I’ll tell you a story.
A secret, in fact.
I used to teach English in Japan.
Please keep it to yourself.
And I made a lot of materials to introduce students to reading.
Lots of phonetics stuff.
I researched extensively.
I also noticed students with little experience with the Roman alphabet had trouble with certain fonts.
I had similar trouble learning Japanese initially.
When I was learning hiragana, I was trying to teach myself. I found some materials that used a slightly cursive script.
I was very confused about why letters like きさふゆを were sometimes joined in the middle.
Different learners get hung up on different things. I wanted precise rules.
When preparing card games to teach English, I checked lots of fonts and realised that Comic Sans is the only one with no identical or otherwise tricky letters.
With many fonts, capital “i” looks exactly like lower case “L”.
That’s only the beginning.
Some students were confused by squiggly lower case letters like ” g” and “a”.
In time, English learners will need to get accustomed to these variations, but for struggling students, the unnecessary confusion is just another hurdle. Interestingly, students familiar with PCs had an advantage, as they tended to have learnt the letters of the alphabet already. People complain that Japanese has three alphabets, but English has two in upper and lower case. And then there’s cursive and a myriad of fonts. #justsaying
I did some further research and people more qualified than me have suggested that Comic Sans is the best font for dyslexia.
I know it looks childish, but sometimes that’s fine.