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If you speak more than one language do you ever read books that aren't in English? If you only speak English, do you read translations of foreign language books?

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I read some books in Spanish, but I can really only manage teen fiction, and even then it's quite slow going with a dictionary beside me :)
Not usually. I find that translated books tend not to run as smoothly. I do own a copy of the Hunchback of Notre Dame in French that I won for a French poetry reading competition in grade 11. My French is not good enough to read it though!
I can only read English, but I have read a lot of translations of classic books, such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I haven't read any contemporary translations though.
I have several books in Croatian which I read to my son.
by Vee
I watch non-dubbed anime which is superior to reading.
Translations only. It's one of my dreams to be competent enough at another language to read books in it. I can't imagine what Haruki Murakami must be like in the original Japanese.
by Ben
I've read comic books in German. I've tried reading them in French too but I can't do that without a dictionary in my hand. I do it for practice but I can't really just sit down and enjoy the book for the sake of reading it because it's more effort since I don't know the language well enough.
Your article on book, 'Of Mice & Men', didn't get 'proof read'. So many spelling & grammar mistakes. Oops!
Thanks for letting me know, but why inform me here in a completely off topic question?
Had no where else to 'reply to'!
by donjo
Read poems of Raina Maria Rilke, in German, also speak it.
Can read some Spanish, but not a whole book, ditto French, but can speak & understand it a bit, as only had one year of it at school.

My German is still 'good' enough that I don't need to read sub-titles of a German TV show! I like that!

Spent one month with Austrian couple who couldn't speak a word if English. My four years' worth of study, & 'B' Grade XII result, enabled me to converse with them pretty well!
Their many friends' I met whilst there, travelling by train to various other cities', tried out their Englsh on me, & I enjoyed helping them!

Win, win all around, I think!
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