I’ve always loved languages. Maybe it comes from my love of reading? I do know that I’m not a fan of learning languages academically, they were alright until it came to my GCSE’s. Then it was just…oh well I have a crap memory. Within the bookblogging community, we come across so many people who not only love books, but who also have learned English as their second language.
I dedicate this post to anyone who can speak, read, understand two+ languages. I know bits and pieces of French and my German is a lil’ better in terms of reading it. But I can’t speak it, off the top of my head.
THERE ARE SO MANY! Honestly, anyone who can speak another language I envy you. I also am in awe of all those, who learned English as their second language, cause that takes some doing. However, I can’t help but feel like eventually English will literally obliterate all other languages. It’s known as the ‘universal’ language. And books are also published in English, so for those who have it as their second language, that will undoubtedly cause problems.
I did a quick Google search and these are the hardest languages to learn (obviously it’s still down to the person, as to how hard they find it)
They’re in no particularly order – but these are the languages which are some of the hardest to learn. So…I’d say you’re all doing well if English is your second language.
Translations of Books
I asked a question on the discord server I’m part of, which was this.
is it more expensive to buy books in English or your native language?
The overall opinion was that it’s more expensive to buy the books, in their native language than in English. There are many problems with this,the main one being if they have family members who may like a certain book. But they can’t read/understand English well, they’re not going to be able to read the book.
Whilst it’s useful I suppose to read in English, as it helps your English vocabulary grow, and you learn more about the structure of the language. I’d have thought it’d be nice, to have the option to read it in your native language. If English wasn’t my native language, I’d certainly want to try and read books in my native language. But the price difference between English and their Native language is pretty absurd.
I then went on to ask this question: so we have an issue with not all books being translated?
The answer is yes. Sometimes they stop translating before the end of a series, mostly it’s just not all the books are being translated which is understandable. So many books come out each year, it’d be hard to translate them all into every language needed. As well as that, we have to take into account the cost of translating the book/s and then reprinting them.
Reading books in your native language, doesn’t make you any less of a reader, for not reading it in English. No matter what other people say, know that if you read in English, you’re doing really well cause I couldn’t read a book in another language and understand it.
But please don’t forget your native language, even if the world wants you to, don’t. Languages are wonderful things, it’s sad that some are nearly dead, because they’re part of our culture. Part of our history.
Is English your Native language or second language? Let me know your thoughts on everything I’ve talked about, from learning languages, to the chances of English wiping out the other languages. Down to your thoughts on books being translated into your native language.