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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
New experience by elina on 13 October 2008 5:50pm
I started to listen, for the first time in my life, an audio book: Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day", in English. I haven't listened to audio books before, not even in Finnish, so this maybe a difficult one to start with, but I'm open for a new experience. Maybe I start to listen more of them. There's quite many in the library to choose from.

(Okay, to tell you the truth, I had one particular reason to choose this audio book. It's read by Nigel Hawthorne, and I love Nigel and his voice! And the reading of this book lasts over 8 hours. That's 8 hours of Nigel Hawthorne and beautiful English language! It's my "Book at the Bedtime" now :) )
Re: New experience by MMMmmm... on 13 October 2008 7:47pm
Sounds heavenly Elina! Your English always amazes me!
Re: New experience by mrsthing on 13 October 2008 8:43pm
Yes, I'm always impressed at the ease with which people pick up English as a second language. Most Americans have a hard time learning other languages.

I loved "Remains of the Day" when I read it. :D
Re: New experience by MMMmmm... on 14 October 2008 8:13pm
It's also nice to know people think English is a beautiful language...
Re: New experience by elina on 17 October 2008 7:05am
Oh thank you!
English language is so full of history. And I love history.

Nigel Hawthorne is a perfect butler in the book! Simply superb!
Re: New experience by tucsonmike on 17 October 2008 1:07pm
Most Americans could learn other languages if the drive and goals were there. I also think part of it is from our Melting Pot experience. Learning English, becoming American and giving up your past culture. Many schools offer very sparse language offerings. Most Americans don't venture out of the country. Even here in Arizona, we have fewer people traveling to Mexico because of State Department Reports.
Yes, Elina. Your English is certainly better than my Finnish!;-)
Re: New experience by mrsthing on 17 October 2008 10:43pm
The school system in my town is phasing in a program to offer "World Languages" starting in kindergarten. It's already mandatory starting in 4th or 5th grade, and by 2012 or 2013, it'll be mandatory for all grades. My daughter has Spanish class 5 days a week--it's considered an academic subject, not an optional or "arts" subject. The high school offers Arabic in addition to the usual European languages. (Boy, was THAT controversial!)

I used to pride myself on being able to ask, "Excuse me, where is the bathroom?" in 6 languages, one of them dead. LOL! I can't remember how to say it in Latin, German, or Italian anymore.
Re: New experience by tucsonmike on 18 October 2008 2:01am
Well, if we keep messing about in the Middle East, learning Arabic is useful. Judy, glad your school system is doing this.
Re: New experience by mrsthing on 18 October 2008 8:12pm
I think the idea behind it was that if there were more Arabic-English translators, we could avert some of the problems we had with Arab countries. Certainly sounds good to me!

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