… or reading novels in a language other than your own.
I love language. I love it’s components and variations, I could talk about English forever and God forbid you get me started on the importance of English speakers learning a foreign language… or, you know, three or four. I love languages and I always have, and this is why I am always thankful that I began learning German in Primary school at age 5. I continued with it through highschool, and eventually won a scholarship for one year’s exchange when I was 15. Thanks to this, I am able to speak, write, and most importantly, read in a language other than my own.
I won’t say that I read for pleasure in German, because it’s definitely something I do to more to challenge myself, but it is something that I can do without keeping a dictionary by my side. I don’t understand every word, but I can make my way through and understand the story. Along with the challenge of comprehension, I read in German to continue my study of the language. Reading prose as opposed to a textbook shows you how the language works and fits together and I find it fascinating. And fascinating though it may be, it doesn’t feed my appetite for a good book.
So yes, it takes me a little longer (sometimes a lot longer) to read in German, and I’m not in it purely for the fun of it, but I, a native English speaker, am READING a BOOK in a FOREIGN LANGUAGE. And that is an achievement in itself.
What about you? Do you read in a language other than your own? Do you keep a dictionary on you? Do you do it for fun? Let me know.