Friday, December 30, 2016

Pardon My French

A New Year resolution should be personal. It should challenge you. Perhaps, you would like to hone a skill that has dulled from lack of use. As an American, I don't have much opportunity to use my high school German class. I'm not visiting Germany anytime soon, but I can still sharpen my language skills.

You could chose to read a book in a second language. No, you don't have to start with Goethe or even Voltaire. If it has been a while since you have parlez-vous fran├žais, you could start with J.K. Rowling. That's right, Harry Potter. My wife recently re-read the entire series in French.

I love the Harry Potter books, and they have been translated into several languages, but you can pick any children's book you remember fondly, and create a new memory. It's a great way to exercise that sedentary second language.

The French edition of Harry Potter. Yes, the bookstore stocks this

1 comment:

  1. I had a copy of Grimm's Fairy Tales in the original German. I translated for extra credit. Wish I still had that book. My German could use a brush-up now I don't have family to practice with.