Because I don't have enough challenges on my plate...Arenel at Slightly Cultural, Most Thoughtful and Inevitably Irrelevant is now Ekaterina at In My Book. She is hosting a Language Freak Summer Challenge! In other words, brush up on whatever language you need to practice by reading a book! The rules are long (yet entertaining) so I'm not going to quote them all here; go take a look. But this challenge is for you if you answer yes to any of these questions:
Do you love learning foreign languages?
Have you ever suspected that something is lost in translation when reading a book?
Do you feel ashamed of not practicing some foreign language enough?
Are you an unbearable snob who tells everybody that they haven't read a book if they have read it in translation?
I can answer yes to the first three, though I hope #4 does not apply! (I'm pretty sure it is true,
which makes me really sad because I will never read Russian anywhere
near well enough to enjoy Tolstoy properly. Sigh. But I would not go
around squishing people by saying so.)
mother tongue is English, and once upon a time, I spoke Danish pretty
fluently. I even did a couple of Scandinavian lit classes in college
and read the books in the original, and I have quite a few Danish books
around the house. But I have gotten rusty and I am ashamed (#3). I
have never really enjoyed reading books in Danish, because it is much
harder work than reading in English and I have to go slow, plus the
quotation marks are wonky and don't produce dialogue in my head. But
the remedy for that is practice, so! I hereby commit to reading a
Danish book this summer! I also studied German and Russian in college,
and they are pretty much gone. But if Ekaterina helps me out with
finding something very very easy--like, kindergarten easy--I will take a
stab at reading a Russian book. I can still read the alphabet and
recognize some words. That makes 2 books, which puts me at the Intermediate level. If I read a super-easy German book too, I would be at the Advanced and the Crazy Linguist level, but that would be a bonus.
There we go--summer reading challenge, here I come!