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  1. 1. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 1/12 5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners byLykkeinLanguageLearningInspiration|June22,2015 Ilovetoread.Itissometimesdifficulttofindthetime,but despiteallkindsofmoderntechnologyclassicbooksremain oneofthebestformsentertainment. Whenwearelearninganotherlanguage,learningaboutthe culturewhereitstemsfromshouldbepartoftheexperience, aslanguageandcultureareofteninextricablylinked.Classic booksfromdifferentculturesarevaluabletothispurposeas theyarentjustentertaining,theyalsoteachusaboutthe culture,history,andwaysofthinkinginpartsofthesecultures. Sometimestheseclassicpiecesofliteraturehaveevenbeen partofshapingtheirsurroundingcultures. 28 Shares 7 5
  2. 2. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 2/12 Ifyouareabeginnerinalanguage,youcanjumprightintoit andreadtheclassicsintheiroriginallanguage,butevenifyou dontfeelreadyforthatandreaditinEnglishoryourown language,whateverthatmaybeyouwillstillbeabletogeta muchbetterunderstandingofthecultureofyourtarget language. BelowarefiveclassicbooksfromdifferentcountriesthatI havereallyenjoyedreading,andthathavehelpedme appreciatetheircountriesandculturesoforiginbetter. Ifyouknowofanyclassicbookseitherfromyourcountryorin yourtargetlanguage,whichshouldbeaddedtothelist,feel freetodosointhecommentsection. Russian: AnnaKareninabyLeoTolstoy TheRussianworldfamouswriterLeoTolstoywrotethe classicmasterpieceAnnaKarenina,whichhascaptivated readersworldwideforyears.
  3. 3. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 3/12 InAnnaKarenina,consistsoftwoparallelstories,oneis abouttheprosperousRussianwomanAnnawhofallshead overheelsinlovewithanofficer,ruiningherfamilyandhis marriage.TheotherstoryisaboutlandownerLjovin,whohas losthishearttotheyoungKitty,butdespitethisgreatlove, neverreallyfindshappiness. AnnaKareninaisapoignantdescriptionofthatonetrue greatlovethatmayleadtoallsortsoftragedy,butwhichisso strongthatthoseinvolvedcantgiveitup.Ihavereaditin Englishandlovedit,Icanonlyimaginehowamazingitwould beinRussianitsoriginallanguage.IdonotspeakRussian, letalonereadit,butIamasuckerforromanceanditreallyis agreatread(DespitebadreviewsIevenlikedthemoviewith KeiraKnightley). Japanese: TheWindUpBirdChroniclebyHarukiMurakami ToruOkadalivesquietlyliveinJapanwithhiswifeKumiko andcat.Onedaythecatsuddenlydisappearswithoutatrace, andshortlyafterwardshiswife.Okadastartsgetting mysteriousphonecallsandisapproachedbystrangepeople. Hesuddenlystartscanttellrealityfromimagination.
  4. 4. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 4/12 AyounggirlfromtheneighborhoodcallsToruOkadaMr. WindUpBird.Apparentlythecryofawindupbirdsoundslike awindupclock,smallandinsignificant,butdetermines whetherornottheworldkeepsgoingorcomestoastandstill. IfyoucanreaditinJapanesethengoforit,butevenin English,itgivesyouagreatinsightintoJapaneseculture (althoughMurakamiisveryWesternoriented).TheWindUp BirdChronicleis600pageslong,butitswritteninasimplistic toneandthereaderlivesandbreatheswithOkadasstruggle tofindhiswifeandhimself.Itsagreatnovelwhere psychology,philosophy,historyandstorytellinggohandin hand. ItmademewanttolearnJapanese. Portuguese: VeronikaDecidesToDiebyPauloCoelho VeronikaDecideMorrer 24yearoldVeronikahasdecidedtocommitsuicide.She thinkslifeisempty,predictableandboringandeatsahandful
  5. 5. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 5/12 ofsleepingpills.Shewakesupinapsychiatrichospitalin Slovenia,andistoldthatsheonlyhasafewdayslefttolive becausethepillshaveruinedherorgans.Veronikamakesa connectionwithtwoofherfellowpatients,andtriestoexpress herselfartisticallyandsexuallyinthefewdaysshesgotleft onthisearth,somethingthatshenevergottodobefore.The novelisreallybasicallyaboutmadnessversusnormalcyits psychologicalandphilosophicalallatonce.TheWriter,Paulo Coelhowritessomereallyinterestingpsychologicalportraitsof peoplewhohaveneverbeenallowedtousetheirartistic talent.Thepointheistryingtoconveyisthatnotbeing allowedtoexpressyourselfartisticallycanhavedevastating effects. IreadthisbookinDanishandcouldntputitdown,Ihaveread afewofPauloCoelhosbooks,heisagreatwriter.Veronika DecidesToDieisdefinitelymyfavourite(thentheymadea terriblemovie,inwhichBuffytheVampireSlayerplays Veronika,couldntgetthroughitandwanttoforgetaboutit,so letsnottalkaboutthat).Ifyouarelearning Portuguese/BrazilianPortuguesereadittheoriginal VeronikaDecideMorrer.Itsonlyabout180pages,soitis absolutelydoable.
  6. 6. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 6/12 French: TheLittlePrincebyAntoinedeSaintExupryLe PetitPrince Thisisthewondroustaleofalittleprince,whoonhis educationaljourneythroughtheuniverse,learningaboutlove, lifeanddeath.TheLittlePrinceisthestoryofapilotwho crashlandsinthedesert.Hemeetsalittleprincefrom outerspacewhotellsthepilotabouthishomeplanet,asteroid B612.Itsaboutthesizeofahouse,andfromityoucansee 44sunsetsinoneday.ThelittlePrincehaslandedonplanet earthonhistourofplanetsandhopestomakefriends,while rescuinghisbelovedrose. Onhistrip,thePrincehasmetadomineeringking,agreedy businessman,andanalcoholicwhodrinkstoforgetthatheis ashamedofhisdrinking.Aftertheseencounterstheprince hasdecidedthatadultsareweirdos.Thestoryalsoincludes sheep,aspeakingflower,ageographerwhoknowsnothing abouthisownplanet,andafoxwhowanttobetame. Thebestandmostpoeticstory,istheonethePrincetellsof hisbeautifulrose.Hetalkstoit,spendstimewithitandgives itlove.Duetoallthislovetherosehasbecomespecialand beautiful.Unfortunatelytheroseisbeingeatenupbystrange Baobabtrees,sohestravellingtheuniversetogethelp. Therearemanygrainsofwisdominthisbookandthemost importantoneisthis:Oneseesclearlyonlywiththeheart. AnythingessentialisinvisibletotheeyesorinFrenchOnne voitbienquaveclecur.Lessentielestinvisiblepourles yeux
  7. 7. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 7/12 IactuallyreadthisinFrenchclassinHighSchoolandreally lovedit.IfyouarelearningFrenchthisisaclassicandan essentialread.Betteryetitalreadyexistsasalessonon LingQ. Spanish: NadabyCarmenLaforetNada NadatakesplacerightaftertheSpanishcivilwarandgivesa reallygreatinsighttoSpainshistory.Themaincharacteris 18yearoldAndreawhohascometoBarcelonatostudy literature. MovingtoandstudyinginBarcelonaiseverythingshehas beendreamingof,butsheisanorphanandpoor,andliving withhergrandmotherturnsouttobeanythingbutgreat.Her relativesaredistrustinganddepressedfollowingthewar.But thenshemeetsanotherstudent,Ena,whoshowshera differentkindoflife,whenEnasmodernmetropolitanfamily takesAndreain.
  8. 8. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 8/12 ThebookisanexplorationofBarcelonathroughtheeyesof themaincharacterasshewalksandwalksthroughthestreets ofthecitydescribingcentralpointssuchasthecathedraland theuniversity.Thereareonlyafewdescriptionsofruinsand othermemoriesofthewar,butNadaisdefinitelydarkand melancholic. Theoppressiveatmosphereoftheartistsgrandmothers apartmentisapictureoflifeinSpainaftertheCivilWar,while thedictatorofSpainGeneralFrancohadthecountryinan irongriptoretainhispower.Nadasomehowescaped censorship.IreadthisbookinEnglishafewyearsagoandI amcurrentlytryingtogetthroughitinSpanish,anditdefinitely helpshavingreaditbefore. Tags:cultures,English,French,fun,German,inspirational, Languagelearning,LearningSpanish,Mexico,Spain
  9. 9. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 9/12 Learnalanguageinthemostfantastic way! Subscribetofollowonelanguagelearner'sjourney tospeakinganewlanguageinjust90days. Enteryouremailaddress Subscribe Wewillnotshareyourdatawiththirdpartiesandyouwillonlyreceive newslettersfromLingQ. MYPROGRESSSOFAR Iknow730Spanishwords 970wordstogotoreachIntermediate1 730
  10. 10. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 10/12 HowNOTToOffendAnyone,Anywhere, EverOrHowToSaySorry LeaveaReply LoggedinasLykke.Logout? Comment YoumayusetheseHTMLtagsandattributes: PostComment Startlearningnewlanguages,simplyandeasily GETSTARTEDFORFREE!
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  12. 12. 6/23/2015 90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory|5ClassicBooksForLanguageLearners90DaystoLanguageLearningGlory https://www.lingq.com/blog/2015/06/22/5classicbooksforlanguagelearners/ 12/12 TOS Privacy Contact Jobs 20022015TheLinguistInstitute,Inc.Allrightsreserved.2002232MarineDrive,West Vancouver,BC,CanadaV7V1K4

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