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Allita Started conversation Mar 19, 2010
Yelbakk Posted Mar 22, 2010
nice to have hear from you. I hope the many responses you are getting to your query about books are helpful to you.
As I said before, I am not eligible to answer, not being English. Now, if you were to ask Germans about their reading habits, then I might help
Well, but I will answer anyway... (See, that is the spirit of hootoo )
As I kid, I was not much of a reader. I did have books, but I tended to look at them rather than read them. And then came a change: I had seen the movie "Neverending Story" and was told by my aunt that the book was much better than the film. So I sat down with the book and started reading and found the book quite unputdownable (if that is a word ).
I have been reading ever since. There was a time when I was into science fiction (I read some Stanislaw Lem and quite a few unknown (and forgotten) authors, and I enjoyed reading Aelita by Tolstoi. My mother insisted that I read "Ekipash Mekonga" (I think that was the Russian title) by Woiskunski / Lukodjanow. That was a really gripping story). Then I shifted into crime fiction, then back to science fiction. Now I am very fond of Fantasy, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and and and... and many more. I am a slow reader, so it takes some time for me to finish a book, but on average I get about two or three books a month.
Not having a TV helps, too
So, Allita, I would like to hear about you, too. What kind of books to you like? How come you are doing a study on the reading habits of the English?
Allita Posted Mar 24, 2010
hello! Thank you for your detailed message! I was pleased to get it from you. As for me I loved reading before and I devoured books one after another. I couldn't go to bed if I hadn't finished the book. But after graduating from college Everything changed. May be it is because of starting my work. I don't have any free time unfortunately, and I have to continue my education at the University, so no time for reading((((
But nevertheless I like classical writers like Theodor Driser, Charles Dickens, W.S.Maugham (especially "Theatre", this masterpiece I even read in original, and I really enjoyed the author's language and style), O'Henry's short stories(in russian they are perfect, but in English the language is too difficult) and many others.
I am happy you liked Russian novels and short-stories.
And now I am working on a project which sounds as "A concept of reading in the consciousness of the English".
How did you learn to speak English so perfectly well? I wonder
Do you live in Germany or English-speaking country?
Yelbakk Posted Mar 25, 2010
I always enjoy getting to know new authors. And indeed - I have never heard of Theodor Driser. *Will* check him out, I promise
And thanks for your compliments on my English. It was my favorite subject in school, and later I studied English and German at the University. To be more precise, I studied German literature and linguistics, American culture, language and linguistics and English culture, language and linguistics. In addition, I have lived in the US for more than two years - which helps improve one's language
Anyway, I hope you are enjoying your time on h2g2. That project you mentioned sounds really interesting. A university project?
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