What posts in June? Oh, thooooose thirty posts in June… again. It seems that for the fourth year in a row I’ve climbed aboard the daily blogging train and continued that monumental, multi-year writing effort to string a topic or idea across the vast reaches of years. Each day a new post on a new topic, but on the same blog-per-day topic as last year, creating another set of Those 30 Posts in June. Today, that post just happens to be:
June 3rd // Something You Have Read
As of today my streak on Duolingo –that gamified, free language learning app I’ve been singing so much about lately– is sitting somewhere in the mid-130 consecutive days of practice. I may not yet be bilingual, but I’m trying.
A couple weeks ago I found myself pondering the consequences of my new found language self-education, and how to expand it beyond the realm of app-based quizzes and this narrow little window of e-scholarship and into the real world.
Solution? Kindle + a French-English dictionary, installed + a small collection of junior-level electronic novels downloaded from Amazon. I already own the Kindle. The books are free or cheap. And the dictionary was a few bucks and a few minutes work to set up so that on word-highlights it gives me the English translation.
The first novel I picked was a French classic: Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I mean, if you’re going to read in another language, you may as well start with a classic, right?