Lets get started: Language Freak Summer Challenge

28. Juni 2013 § 4 Kommentare

Nikolai Gogol: Nos. Stuttgart: Reclam Verlag, 2011

Nikolai Gogol: Nos. Stuttgart: Reclam Verlag, 2011

Today I completed all the stressful tasks I had to do until the end of June, which means I’m finally free to officially enter the Language Freak Summer Challenge.

In celebration of that I got myself two essential items to get started – so consider this a little haul.

First I got myself an edition of Gogols „Нос“ (The Nose), which I conveniently already have in German on my bookshelf. As you can see, this special edition comes with a little list of translated vocabs at the bottom. They even explain grammar or unusual vocabs. For example Gogol uses „Кофии“ for coffee, which Russians nowadays would call „кофе“. Now this is awefully convenient. Still, I needed 10 minutes to read this page alone. I’m really not used to reading Russian and this is pretty much the original text. And even though I really needed a long time to understand every single word, I did it without a dictionary. I’m really looking forward to read through this.

Next I went to the library. The awesome thing about our public libraries is, that they don’t only have books, but DVDs and CDs as well in their stock. All kinds of DVDs. Even in Russian. So I got my hands on „Kukushka“, an award winning movie about “the language of love” by Sergej Eisenstein. It’s in Russian and comes with German and French subtitles. Naturally I’ll try watching it without subs and then watch it again with the German subs enabled.

So, this is what I’ve been up to. Thought that I should let you know 🙂

Let the games begin!


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§ 4 Antworten auf Lets get started: Language Freak Summer Challenge

  • Ekaterina sagt:

    Wow, you have picked up some really difficult stuff! Gogol is not easy to read even for some not very brilliant Russian schoolchildren because of the old language 🙂 I hope the commentary helps! I haven’t seen Kukushka, but Eisenstein is usually quite hard to concentrate on… For me, at least. So good luck with everything! If you need some help with Russian, please ask! 🙂 I’ll link your progress post to June update a bit later when I have a normal Internet connection.

  • Amy sagt:

    Hey, you are the impressive one! I envy you reading in not only a second, but a third language. I’m trying to get to reading fluency in my second (German). I’ve recently visited the Netherlands, though, and noticed how similar Dutch is to German and have gotten a grammar and a dictionary and am toying with that language too. Have fun this summer; I’m looking forward to your posts. 🙂

    • Juleschka sagt:

      Dutch really is similar to German. Quite a few lean words from English too. Sometimes when reading a Dutch text I can even guess what it means, even though I never learned the language. But that’s the exception of course. It still is a totally different language. I find it totally impressive though, that you try learning Dutch from scratch on your own.
      If you’ve got questions to your German text I’d be happy to help out 🙂

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