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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby Mikael » 2009-01-09, 21:52

Reveuse wrote:
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Reveuse wrote:And did you understand it immediately? I read 'L'étranger', another book of Camus in high school (when I was 16),


I got L'étranger for Christmas! I've already read it in English though.


Ah ok, then it should be a bit easier to understand :)


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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby Ser » 2009-03-20, 0:34

My first book in English was some boring 150 pages long tale about a boy falling from a boat while travelling around the world with his parents and surviving on an island. I don't really want to bother what was the book's title. :roll:

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby polishboy » 2009-04-13, 13:44

Mailny I read book for learning foreign languga.
In Poland there are not many possiblities to read a book in original verion, unless in English, I have read a little Dracula in English, but not all.
Also tried Harry Potter a litte in Japanese.
But online.

And I have very old book in French.
Pecheur D'islande.
But I have not read it.
Too hard was.
Maybe I should trying reading it now, mabye.

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby Hummfrea » 2009-04-16, 0:52

I think my first book in Spanish was one of the Curious George books for little kids. :oops:
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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby Formiko » 2009-04-16, 4:50

This is a tough one. When I was a kid (9 or 10), the library up the block from me used to give me their old language books. I remember getting a stack of Spanish books. I had no idea who he was but I started reading Unamuno! One was a play called El hermano Juan o El mundo es teatro, and the other was a collection of poetry. I was bored with both for 2 reasons. First, I was 9! and secondly I didn't know Spanish well enough (or English for that matter) to grasp his symbolism. I dropped the play after 10 pages. The poetry book I think I fell asleep to.
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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby obler9 » 2009-04-17, 2:29

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby lyzazel » 2009-04-18, 20:05

I don't remember my "first books" in other languages (perhaps there aren't that many) but my first one in French was "Le Petit Prince".
Check out my project with interlinear translations (or, you could say, 'subtitled books') at Interlinear Books

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby SamD » 2009-05-01, 16:47

For me, it was "Le petit prince" in French.

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby loqu » 2009-05-01, 16:56

Formiko wrote:I started reading Unamuno [...] I was bored with both


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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby Rivaldo » 2009-05-02, 0:47

A tale from Comrad called "youth", in english
Le petit prince, of course, in french :D
El Aleph, from Borges, in castellano
Teogonia, in old greek

Except for 'youth' that has a complicated written, I guess the others are good suggestions for who are learning those languages.

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby mushroom » 2009-05-07, 0:57

"Dracula" by Bram Stoker. I was 11 years old, and very interested in ghost stories. I didn't understand the details of the narration, but I enjoyed it.

In German, I read some Märchen (fairytales) from the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen.

And in Greek, a couple of poems by Kavafis.
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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby BezierCurve » 2009-05-07, 1:14

Some German book for little kids, I only remember the plot was about a toy tractor, which fell into a stream and was carried away from the owner... I remember the illustrations until today, but I've no idea who the author was and what the title was. :)
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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby phaed » 2009-05-07, 2:26

I haven't read any foreign-language book yet, but I'm hoping to order Eragon or Harry Potter (which are always interesting and complex-phrase-filled) in French soon.
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Postby ILuvEire » 2009-05-07, 2:48

I would kill for a copy of Hans Christian Anderson's works in the original Danish.
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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby Zorba » 2009-05-07, 3:07

I would kill for a copy of Hans Christian Anderson's works in the original Danish.


They're all available for free online, most 19th century classics are because there are no copyright issues.

http://www2.kb.dk/elib/lit//dan/andersen/

If you want a hard copy, it shouldn't be too difficult to get a Danish copy of the fairytales if you do a bit of hunting on the internet. I have a bilingual Danish/Russian copy of the fairytales.

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby KingHarvest » 2009-05-07, 3:15

www.abebooks.com is always a good place to look for rare books. Amazon will usually have a lot of books, too, just put the title of it in Danish into the search engine.
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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby voron » 2009-05-08, 0:11

I read my first book in English when I was about 15, and it was "Tales from Shakespeare" by Charles and Mary Lamb. It wasn't an easy read, but I was much more persistent back then, caring enough to flip through the dictionary every 5 seconds.

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby BezierCurve » 2009-05-08, 1:25

I was much more persistent back then, caring enough to flip through the dictionary every 5 seconds.

I still do that, but I often wonder what the point is, if after two minutes you have to check the word again, because your language aquisition is nothing like it used to be... Thank God I don't need a nurse to wipe my ass so far, that would be even more disturbing :lol:
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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby voron » 2009-05-08, 8:53

I don't think language acquisition differs much between 15 and 30... BezierCurve, stop feeling old, 'cause you are NOT! :nope:

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Re: Your first book in a foreign language...

Postby Lymphocyte » 2009-05-09, 17:17

The first book I read in a foreign language was "Completely Unexpected Tales" by Roald Dahl, in English. I don't read short stories very often, but this book was pretty interesting, a good experience for first reading. :) I don't remember how old I was though.


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