trash vs literature
kgmeyers at optonline.net
Thu Jan 20 17:48:44 EST 2005
>> English is, and was then, completely transparent. I often can't
>> remember whether I've read something in English, Dutch or even
>> German, making it difficult to find a book when I only know what it
>> was about, not what it was called.
> You have the eternal and admiring envy of this language-challenged
> american who cannot read a book in ANY language other than english
> without muttering the syllables under my breath. I think being raised
> monolingual stunts vital areas of the brain.
I can't read a book in any language other than English whether
I mutter the syllables or not. [And I can mutter in Latin, Greek,
and Russian, for all the good it does me.]
Monolingual and bilingual brains differ, certainly, but I'm not
sure one is stunted. Being monolingual is definitely limiting,
I am learning Spanish in school. We have read chapters from Don
Quijote. My grandpa says I should have taken French because there is
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