Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A book in Catalan.

Now you see, I am trying to be a good little Catalan student...granted I haven't done all the exercises in the text books I have, and I should do more of that boring studying of verbs...but...

I decided to take a more whole language approach to the problem and bought me a novel....I had been hearing about Haruki Murikame a lot, and so I picked up, "El meu amor, sputnik" in English, "Sputnick Sweetheart" (Mostly because it was the only one in Catalan rather than Spanish)

Jackpot!!!

The book is a little (read quite a lot) more depressing than I would normally aim at, but goodness gracious me, I was so happy to be able to read it so, well, so easily that NOTHING could bring me down. Read the entire book in 4 days! Slower than my English standards, but considering I was in Amsterdam doing stuff too....not too shabby.

The ending stymied me though....I had put it down for a bit and then I got lost, so I backed up and took a run at it...going back seven or eight pages and trying again. I understood it enough to realise that he is being deliberately ambiguous, which is tricky when reading a book in a foreign language....

Amsterdam, overlaid with Japanese novels read in Catalan.

*whew*

Now to find another.

He is a brilliant writer...whatever the language.

9 comments:

elpadawan said...

why not reading the catalan novels that you bought for your kid the other day? :)

Diane Mandy said...

I am so impressed!

Beth said...

"Amsterdam, overlaid with Japanese novels read in Catalan."
Wow. What a life you are leading and what an education you are getting.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Talk about a multicultural melting pot. What are you having for lunch, Italian?

Trish said...

how cool is all that? I would say that being able to read a book in another language goes a lot further than just doing exercises from a text book.

Just like reading in plain english - it completes the language.

oreneta said...

elP, I could, they aren't really the kind of books I am all that interested in though...

Diane, thank you...how is the Spanish going?

Beth, it certainly has it's odd moments. Have you read anything by Murikame? I think you'd like him...

Bodhi...if you count the tomato salad, yes...but not really...

Trish, I still find it really cool that I can read a book (well some books) in another language....neat....the exercises are still useful though...

sirdar said...

That is pretty good. Learning a new language is not an easy task. If you can read a book, it would mean that you are really understanding the language. Good for you!!

oreneta said...

Sirdar, thanks...I can read some books, others leave me stuck...getting there though.

Anonymous said...

I found that reading all I could in Catalan helped me learn the language. I found it especially helpful to read out loud so I could get used to hearing myself speak Catalan as well.

The last novel I read was "L'ombra Del Vent" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The first novel I read in Catalan was "Homenatje a Catalunya" by George Orwell.