This week Booking Through Thursday asks the following:
I saw a Latin edition of “The Hobbit” last time I was at the bookstore… Do you read any foreign languages? Do you ENJOY reading in other languages?
I don’t read books in any language other than English. I studied German in high school and got to the point where I could usually work out what the text said and was able to hold very basic conversations in German. However, that is over 30 years ago now and, although I haven’t forgotten everything, I wouldn’t be able to understand much German without a dictionary or phrase book at hand. Even then I’d be too slow to keep up. It’s a shame, because it was a subject at school that I enjoyed.
Ironically, my school (Kirkwall Grammar School) gave you the choice of studying either French or German. I chose German, not knowing then that one day I’d move to Canada, where a knowledge of French would be a lot handier than knowing German. That’s hindsight for you! Of course, there’s nothing really stopping me from signing up for some basic French classes.