Friday, August 25, 2017

Book Blogger Hop - 8/25 - 8/31

 Question of the Week:

Have you ever read a book written in a foreign language you might be fluent in, and then read the same book in English? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

My Answer: 

I have to say I have never read a book written in a foreign language, but I have read books that have been written by foreign authors that are in English.






26 comments:

  1. I'm of the same answer. Though I think the only books I have that are from a foreign author that are written in English are Kierstin Gier's books. Still need to read them too!

    Here's my Blogger Hop

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  2. I've read a few kids' books in French.

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    1. Fun...I took four years of Spanish and used to be able to carry on a conversation, but not any more.

      I understand better than speaking and still can read but not sure how my translation to English is. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Kathy.

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  3. Same here. I have read books translated from a different language into English, but am unable to read anything in another language. I admire those who are able to do so.

    I studied Spanish in high school and college, but have retained so little all these years later. :-)

    Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

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    1. My Spanish teacher was marvelous, and I attribute her teaching skills to my retaining the use of Spanish for all these years even though a lot has faded. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Literary Feline.

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  4. There are several authors whose books I wish I could read in the original language, but I've read English translations of them. One of these authors is Hermann Hesse. If I knew German, I could read his masterpieces in that language. But the translations I've read are excellent.

    Another author is Dostoyevsky. I would LOVE to be able to read "Crime and Punishment" in the original Russian!

    Since I am fluent in Spanish, I can read books in that language. Sometimes I do need a dictionary, though.

    What happened to you with Spanish is exactly what happened to me with French. I took 4 years of it in high school, as well as 1 year in college. I, too, used to be fluent. Sadly, not anymore....

    Thanks for sharing! Have a WONDERFUL weekend!! Looks like we'll be getting some rain down here soon, but hey, that's GREAT reading weather!! Lol. HUGS!!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. That would be a major accomplishment to read Dostoyevsky in English let alone Russian. :) I hope you can read it some day at least in English if you haven't.

      Marvelous about your fluent Spanish, Maria.

      Oh yes...rain is great for reading.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  5. I only read English books even though I am bilingual in Spanish, but there is a reason why I don't read Spanish books which I explain on my blog hop post. Thank you so much for the awesome post have a great weekend and here is my blog hop link.

    http://katisbookaholicramblingreviews.blogspot.com/2017/08/book-blogger-hop-55.html

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    1. So interesting to find so many bilingual bloggers. Love it.

      Thanks for commenting, Katiria.

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  6. You know, I hadn't even thought about the fact that I've read books that were translated into English. Great answer! - Katie

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    1. I believe the only book I read that was translated was SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

      I couldn't tell at all.

      Thanks for commenting, Katie.

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  7. I'm the same way. I have read books that were written in another language before, but I usually read the English translations of the books.

    Here’s my Book Blogger Hop!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. There has been a lot of good discussion about this question and a lot of interesting answers.

      Thanks for commenting, Ronyell.

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  8. I read some in other languages, but sadly I don't have the time to do that as often as I'd like.

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    1. I read that when I visited your blog. :)

      That is great, but I know about time.

      Thanks for commenting, Nicki.

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  9. I wonder if those authors ever felt like they were being limited by writing in English? I'm sure there are native phrases in every language that don't translate well to English.

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    1. I agree that some phrases may not translate well. That would be upsetting for an author.

      Thanks for commenting, literarycounsellor.

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  10. I'm the same; I've only read books that have been translated into English from other language, but no books that are fully in another language. I always worry about the translations... There was a situation once where I read a translated book and I really didn't like it. It just didn't flow well and it didn't make sense. I have a gut feeling that there was quite a bit that was lost in translation.

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    1. Things might be lost in translation, but the book I read seemed perfect.

      I read Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon...loved it.

      Thanks for commenting.

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  11. One of my favorite books from a Swedish author is A Man Called Ove.

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    1. That is a wonderful book.

      Have you read THE CURIOUS CHARMS OF ARTHUR PEPPER? It has a lovable gentleman in it.

      Thanks for commenting, Jolene.

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  12. I never thought about foreign authors who are writing in English. I don't even think I can name any. Now I'll have to look. Thanks for hopping by my page.

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    1. I haven't read too many, but the one I read, SHADOW OF THE WIND, didn't seem as if it had been translated. It seemed perfect to me.

      Thanks for stopping, Kymberlee.

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  13. Same here I have only read books translated to English! That's really important too though! I think it would be really cool to be able to compare the translation from the original.

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    1. It would be interesting to compare, but then again, we wouldn't know what the language other than English said. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Heather.

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