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October 18, 2008

readathon: hour 7
posted by soe 1:49 pm

readathon logoI’ve spent the last couple hours trudging through the first two chapters of Around the World in Eighty Days. No, I’ve never read it. And, no, it isn’t so hard that it requires an hour a chapter.

But I’m reading it in French, to help me bone up on the language. The daily pieces have been accumulating from Daily Lit in my RSS reader for a couple weeks now as each day I postponed starting. It was on my list of possibilities for today, but I probably wouldn’t have pulled them out quite so soon if it hadn’t been for Sarah’s mini-challenge to take on an hour’s reading in a foreign language.

That said, after reading each of the first two chapters in French, I then read the English version. I sort of summarized in my head what I thought was going on (mostly descriptions of the two main characters and their habits) first and then went to see if I’d gotten the gist. I’m pleased to say that while some vocabulary words have me reaching for pen and paper (yes, I’m keeping a list), that I do generally grasp the material.

Lord help us if I had to grasp it being spoken, though. Really must get on that…

I also made some bread (in the breadmaker) and have some apple cider on the stove. One cannot live on words alone!

I think I’m going to read for another hour (Neil Gaiman, maybe?) and then put the iPod on and listen to a book for a while. I’d like to get up to the Bethesda Row Arts Festival, since the day looks lovely and autumnal and sticking the ear buds in seems like a nice way to be able to combine the two goals. I’m listening to Little Women via CraftLit, so I might pull that out, or maybe a fairy tale or two from the Fairy Knitting podcast…

Category: books. There is/are 4 Comments.

That sounds like a lovely plan. To get out and enjoy the day. It’s cold but lovely here too and I am going to head out for a bit myself. I am impressed that you are reading in French. You are going a great job. Have fun.
Icedream- your roaming cheerleader

Comment by Icedream 10.18.08 @ 4:15 pm

Wow, I’m impressed _ reading in French! Keep up the great work! 🙂

Comment by Maree 10.18.08 @ 5:57 pm

Wow, that’s amazing reading it in French (and then English)! You’re doing great! Keep it up!

Comment by Sunny 10.18.08 @ 6:23 pm

Really well done on participating in the language mini-challenge sprite! Hope it helped brush up your French, where in France are you heading to?? Ooooo, v envious 😉

I love your site by the way, really gorgeous colours, pics, everything… I can’t wait to come back and have a good nosy around later 🙂

All the best

Sarah (aka the naked translator)

Comment by Sarah Dillon 10.18.08 @ 10:12 pm