Posted by Grace Feng on May 25, 2012
I can’t imagine a person could claim he or she has mastered a new language without completely finishing reading a whole book. One might be able to read short stories and articles. But reading a whole book is quite different experience. A good book with a certain length should be able to lead you into a different place that could make you forget about your current surroundings or even your mother language. It sets up a secluded language environment for you to sink in. It trains your brain logic to follow the new rules in new language and culture. It can largely enhance your feel of the new language.
My own experience on learning English, for example, climbed up a new high after I finished my first English novel – a thriller by Agatha Christie. For the very first time of my life, I totally enjoyed a book in a different language from my mother tongue. That experience was getting better and better after I finished more novels. I like thrillers, and I chose to read thrillers that I would have chosen to read if it’s in Chinese. The result was just amazing. I finished 30 novels in 2 years after the very first one!
Do you have any plan on reading Chinese novels? If you do, what kind of books you think you’ll have a craving to read? Feel free to share your interests and maybe I can help you with some recommendations.
Category: Learn Chinese tips and strategies
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