I just read my first chapter in French!!


So, I purchased Harry Potter et la chambre des secrets . I already have number 1 in the States. And, I’m proud to announce that I just read one whole chapter. It took me about 1.5 hours to read 11 pages. πŸ™‚ I’m so proud of myself… because it was hard. There are a lot of words I don’t know…for example: drool, which is brave in French apparently. Not just that but there are soooo many nouns. I knew most of the verbs. There were a few expressionary verbs I didn’t know like “shout, yell, screamed” etc. (Remember this is chapter one of Book 2, no one is nice to Harry.) Also there were some adverbs I didn’t know. But mostly it was nouns. I was actually surprised at how little I had to use google translate. There were a few sentences were I was like “I know every word and I still don’t get this” …and to be honest, google translate didn’t really help much there. Translating isn’t the same as interpreting, and some interpretations go beyond a fancy algorithm.

There are 18 chapters total in this book. I’m hoping that by chapter 18 I don’t need to use any outside aids to comprehend what I’m reading…. we’ll see. πŸ™‚


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