I’m a bit late in asking this, but wanted to check whether anybody else succeeded in reading one or more books in another language (or in translation) over the summer. If so, what was your experience?
I had ambitious plans, but in actuality I only completed two books, one in French and one in German. I am counting that as a success, however, since I did feel that my comprehension took a step forward through both.
Writing about both books helped to further my understanding, even though I did most of the writing in English. Making a summary of Die Kleine Hexe in German was an excellent exercise and I should do more of that.
I will continue to try to make steps in both languages. There are lots of classic children’s books I’d love to read in German — I have Emil und die Detektive by Erich Kästner and Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer already on my shelf. French has gone on the back burner for now, but I am interested in reading The Mersault Investigation by Kamel Daoud, a response to Camus’s novel, whether in English or the original language.
Is there anything else you can recommend, or anything you’d like to try?