A Letter from Clumsy Linguist #8
I’m afraid I can’t visit your house on Clumsy Linguist today because I’m in quarantine, my dear citizen. It’s been eight days and I can safely say I’m going a little bonkers.
I also sleep like… eleven hours a day. I can’t wait to go out and walk and walk until I can’t walk anymore (which will happen fast because my body is exhausted from all the lazying around).
Without further ado, let’s get to the newsletter!
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Reading books in a foreign language can be really annoying when you have to look up vocabulary all the time. That’s why I always make an effort to understand the context rather than every single word. It makes me read faster and enjoy the story more.
I only look up words when they play a crucial role in my understanding of the passage or when they keep turning up over and over again, after which I lose patience and go, “Okay, okay. You’ve convinced me. You must be important.”
This makes learning much more fluid and fun. Subconscious learning is still learning!
I said I’d finish 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami before we’d speak again in my last newsletter. And I delivered! I read all 1318 pages of 1Q84, and wow, that was something.
To be honest with you, I’m not entirely sure what I’ve read, in the sense that I don’t know how to explain the plot or just… what the hell happened there.
Basically, there are two points of view. A 30-year old writer and maths teacher Tengo helps rewrite a bestselling novel Air Chrystalis, while a 30-year old fitness instructor Aomame goes around and kills people. But then really weird things start happening. And by that, I mean properly weird. Marukami kind of weird. Focusing-on-strange-descriptions-and-having-completely-bizarre-and-absolutely-inappropriate-ideas kind of weird.
The rhythm of the book is really slow, and yet it’s so gripping!
I’m still not sure what I think about the novel. It kept me awake when I had to change trains five times during one night, though. I gave it four stars.
I seriously think I might be getting better at coordinating my body. Nothing major keeps happening!
Then again, I never go anywhere. It might all come back after lockdown (if that ever ends. Please make it end).
Thank you for reading. I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. I’ll see you in two weeks.