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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 03:11
German to English
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I am like a vacuum cleaner Apr 14, 2012

It is a long, long time since I sat for a whole day just reading for pleasure, but my weekly reading of Internet articles, news sites, and blogs typically covers four languages. As long as I get the information, I am not fussy about which of the four languages it is presented in.
I do love my mother tongue (English) though, and true pleasure comes from reading poetry in that language.


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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In 4/5 languages Apr 14, 2012

PT, FR, EN and ES, sometimes in IT, mostly weekly/monthly magazines and newspapers I subscribe. I tend to read books only in PT, FR and EN...

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patriciacharnet  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:11
English to French
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5 Apr 14, 2012

FR EN ES IT DE - for recreational purposes

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Mainly two, but really "Other" Apr 14, 2012

I mostly read books for leisure in my native English when I get the chance (which isn't often), but read more Spanish newspapers, magazines and blogs etc. I also sometimes read in French, but less often nowadays.

PS: If you count Valenciano/Catalan as (a) separate language(s), then that makes 3 (or 4, if you like), although in my head I think of them as all "Spanish".





[Edited at 2012-04-14 11:58 GMT]


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Hulya A  Identity Verified
Swedish to Turkish
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3 Apr 14, 2012

I read for recreation in Swedish, Turkish and English.

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Irene Acler  Identity Verified
Italy
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Spanish to Italian
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Three languages Apr 14, 2012

I read in Italian, English and Spanish.

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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English to German
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3 Apr 14, 2012

Normally I read in 3 languages - GE - EN - ES, that is when I get the chance to read other than when I'm asked to write a book review (which is actually work ).

Sometimes (though not often enough) I also read articles in Lakota or Cheyenne.


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Hege Jakobsen Lepri  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:11
Member (2002)
English to Norwegian
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5 Apr 14, 2012

English, Italian, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish (and once in a while some woman's magazine in Spanish and German to see how much I understand without using a dictionary)

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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 04:11
Italian to English
Novels Apr 14, 2012

Apart from browsing the internet, I (re)read two or three books - mainly novels - a month in English, Italian, Modern Greek, Spanish or very occasionally French. Appropriately enough, I've just finished Περαίωση ("Completion", or perhaps "Termination" in this case, since various characters' lives are forcibly "completed" as the story unfolds), a detective novel by Petros Markaris.

My wife has recently acquired a Kindle, to which she has taken like a duck to water, but I still prefer paper-based books.

[Edited at 2012-04-14 16:30 GMT]


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Anna Sarah Krämer Fazendeiro
Germany
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English to German
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PT - EN - DE Apr 14, 2012

I am the proud owder of a Kindle, which allows me to read for free all the stuffy old books I would have been forced to read at school (if I had gone there). What used to be torture and endless boredom is now a source of great pleasure.

I will choose the language in which the book was originally written, if possible. Or the one that I feel needs more improvement. I read for pleasure, but I never forget that I need to train the languages I work in.

I try to read in French sometimes, but then I don't want to diversify too much. Three languages well spoken are worth more than 4 or 5 half spoken.


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:11
Member (2006)
Norwegian to English
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8 languages Apr 14, 2012

English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish.

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Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
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Russian to English
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A pile of books Apr 14, 2012

I usually have a pile of at least four books at the side of my bed - English (my native language) for when I am very tired and need to relax, Russian and French to practise my language skills, and German for when I feel like a challenge as I need quite of dictionary help here.

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Two and a half Apr 14, 2012

I am always reading in English and Portuguese--Portuguese doesn't even feel like a foreign language. When I lived in Mexico, I read a lot more in Spanish, as I also did for the many years when I worked in a Spanish-speaking environment. I also sometimes read French.

Translations are usually painful to read for pleasure. When I was younger, I plowed through the Russian classics in translation, but nowadays I stick to original texts in the languages I know how to read.


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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
China
Local time: 11:11
Chinese to English
Two but... Apr 15, 2012

I only do two languages (damn you Europeans and your five languages!), and I read for pleasure in both, but...
I have to say, I have long thought that one of the big issues holding back the improvement of my Chinese was the lack of decent reading material. There's no lack of quantity, but the quality of the news media here is pretty ropey, and I'm very fussy when it comes to my reading. The quality of the fiction... well, I've found several novels that seem to be worth reading, so I should get on with them. But you have to search quite hard. The average quality of Chinese lit fic is not all it could be, and don't get me started on the genre stuff.
Anyway, enough of the bitching. There's always good writing if you look hard enough. It's just a question of investing the time and effort.


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