I recently borrowed a popular Spanish novel from my library to test my bilingual abilities. I fancy myself a linguistic dilettante, though after dos pages in the novel, it’s clear that I’m not even that talented.
I studied Spanish from 6th grade through 12th, plus two years in college. I teach an ESL class at my library once a week and can communicate with the Latin-American students. But reading a novel in another language and getting the essence of the story? That, sadly, is beyond me at this point.
I’m going to borrow the English translation of the novel so I can refer to it for help. I really want to finish a chapter or two! (I’m being realistic, here–it would probably take me the entire summer to get through the whole book and I have a leaning tower of TBRs calling my name!)
So, are you bilingual? Do you read books in other languages? Is there a language you’d like to learn?