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!


Top Ten books about Travel

4. Juni 2013 § Ein Kommentar

Another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the broke and the bookish. This time the topic is travel – just any book that has something remotely to do with travel. I have an especially long list for you, so let’s get right to it.

1. Jules Verne – how could one think of travel novels without thinking of Jules Verne. Pick just any of his books and you’ll see it has something to do with travel. 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, All around the Moon, Eight hundred Leagues on the Amazon, the Journey to the Centre of the Earth – gosh I remember when I was in my early teens I devoured all those books.

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Top Ten Things That Make A Good Read

28. Mai 2013 § 6 Kommentare

This is the first time I’m participating in the Top Ten Tuesday Meme and incidently the first post I write in English on this blog. So, let’s make it a blast.

Whenever I look around the blogosphere I’m amazed at how peoples tastes differ. Someone is completely over the moon for a certain book, someone else is weirded out by it and the next one finds it plain boring. How does that happen?

There are some hundred articles by literary theorists who cared to explain what makes a good book, but to this day the matter stays pretty much unresolved. There is of course a canon – a selection of books which people of a certain area and era agree on them being excellent and worthy to be remembered. Still, just because some canon says „Moby Dick“ is a really great book, I’m not guaranteed to enjoy it (which I didn’t, by the way). I guess, we can only make ourselves a parameter for what makes a good book.

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