Grab a tea or a snack, today we shall discuss together how one choose in which language to read in. I’d love to hear other multilinguals’ imput on this !
As you might know, before the start of this year, I only went for French books (or translations in french) as I was sure I was unable to read in my second language.
I had the idea that because I was struggling so much in “mendatory reads” of High School, where i’d almost fall asleep in them (I never finished one..), it must meant that reading in english wasn’t for me. Oh was I wrong. reading something you want to is totally different than reading something because you have to, guys!
Two worlds now stand in front of me; French books, and English books. How do you choose what language to read in? What about a book that have both versions (original in english) ?
As a general idea, english reads tend to need more of my brain capacity. I can finish one, but it’d take me longer — as I may encounter some new words i’d need to look up constantly, or sentences I need to reread more than once to understand the meaning of them.
With french however, it tend to go by much smoother; unless I encounter words used in France that are different than thoses in my Canadian vocabulary — Which I would then need to check them to help my understanding; though in some cases, guessing can be used around the situation.
All that being said, for me it depends.
I do have a variety of both languages on my shelves, as after a while, it seems to be of help in reading slumps (or to avoid them) to switch back to reading in french after a while. Giving that poor brain a break ahah !
Now, if a copy own both languages, i’ll pick the french copy. Sure, you might say some of the original intent might get lost in translation.. but it end up being so much more easier on my brain ! And if I really want to, nothing is stopping me to get the original one afterwards and compare.
The key here is the matter of if : A) I know about the translation before reading any of it or B) I only realise it had one after already having read the original xd
What’s your languages story ?
Which languages do you read in, and how often ?
Which one would YOU pick if given the choice ?