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гранд-мастер

Ссылка на сообщение 25 февраля 2016 г. 11:32  
My main problem is my small vocabulary. There are too much unknown words for me in english books.


магистр

Ссылка на сообщение 25 февраля 2016 г. 15:48  
I am reading japanese novel "Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri" — fantasy world of might and magic is fighting against our (japanese) technological civilization. The anime-adaptation of this novel motivated me to read original text but in English translation. I just don't want to wait the next episodes and seasons. I really enjoy reading this book because English is quite simple. I have tried reading Dickens' "Bleak House" and it appeared there is a really difficult language. It will be really helpful if some active English users open topic with suggestions about English books for learners with different language levels.


гранд-мастер

Ссылка на сообщение 26 февраля 2016 г. 06:19  
Comic books are simpler than other literature. I re-read Star Wars: Empire: The Imperial Perspective recently. It was easy and enjoyable.


миродержец

Ссылка на сообщение 28 февраля 2016 г. 05:39  

цитата benommen

I have tried reading Dickens' "Bleak House" and it appeared there is a really difficult language.



At least you did not start with James Joyce :-))) I'd avoid Dickens (and more or less most of the "classics") if I were you. All this "true literature" is nice and dandy but what you need is a lot of relatively modern dialogue and a fast moving plot to keep you interested. Strangely enough, old Dame Agatha is still quite good for that — try some Christie books, especially the ones with exotic plots (like Sparkling Cyanide, for example).

Also it's perfectly fine to read manga or anime adaptations in English, their translations are usually superior to Russian ones (I have practically all of Miyadzaki in English). Though you might want something with closer connections to reality — purely from practical language user point of view :-)))
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"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away Know when to run.." The Gambler


магистр

Ссылка на сообщение 28 февраля 2016 г. 08:41  

цитата Aryan

All this "true literature" is nice and dandy

Good words. I am reading Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" but in russian. So many good words I have heard about this book but I am surely bored reading this book.

цитата Aryan

try some Christie books, especially the ones with exotic plots
If you reccomend, it's definitely fine with me. I have had plans to read Christie's books for many years.

цитата Aryan

Also it's perfectly fine to read manga or anime adaptations in English, their translations are usually superior to Russian ones (I have practically all of Miyadzaki in English).

It's easier to find anime, manga and ranobe in English than in Russian. I have read some mangas and ranobes and there is relatively easy English. I don't have problems with that level of English. But anime with subtitles lastly I tried to avoid because there are a lot of action, scenes are changing really fast and sometimes  I don't have time to read them neither in English or Russian.

цитата Aryan

Though you might want something with closer connections to reality — purely from practical language user point of view

Certainly, it doesn't matter. I try to learn any English that I can to improve my knowledge.
Thanks for your comment and advice:beer:


миродержец

Ссылка на сообщение 28 февраля 2016 г. 19:19  

цитата benommen

I am reading Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" but in russian. So many good words I have heard about this book but I am surely bored reading this book.


Try his Salambo. It's beautiful and infinitely more fascinating to somebody who is a longtime Fantlab frequenter 8-)
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"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away Know when to run.." The Gambler


магистр

Ссылка на сообщение 28 февраля 2016 г. 19:31  

цитата Aryan

Try his Salambo. It's beautiful and infinitely more fascinating to somebody who is a longtime Fantlab frequenter

I will try:beer:


философ

Ссылка на сообщение 13 сентября 2016 г. 21:15  

цитата benommen

English books for learners with different language levels.

I don't know the sphere of your interests but I highly recommend you to read books about Bob the cat: "A Street Cat Named Bob", "The World According to Bob". The author uses simple constructions and words. Moreover, it's a good opportunity to learn more about British people and their habits.
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Предыдущая книга - "Hogfather" by Terry Pratchett
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новичок

Ссылка на сообщение 11 декабря 2016 г. 06:27  
I found really interesting to read english books, which i was earlier had read on russian. I re-read J. Martin's "Tuf voyaging" and now I'm into "Before they are hanged" by Joe Abercrombie.


новичок

Ссылка на сообщение 13 марта 2017 г. 17:12  
Have recently finished off a few the latest things. Can't say I  was that impressed by all of them, especially  it is so (PERSONALLY)  with highly-acclaimed "Ninefox Gambit". The setting is great in its strangeness but plot and characters are nothing to shout about. On the other hand, I've been pleasantly surprised with brand-new  "The Fortress at the End of Time" by Joe M. McDermott. If you like  "The Tartar Steppe" by Dino Buzzati, "The Fortress" is definitely worth reading.


авторитет

Ссылка на сообщение 22 апреля 2017 г. 00:43  
Check out John Scalzi, Old Man's War series as an example. If you are sci-fi fan. Language he is using is easy to understand and does not require knowledge of past century vocabulary. No doubt it's fun and great pleasure to read a book in it's original language. It was hard for me to read in English, but taking audio book and listen it with having 'paper' version in from of me, catch up very quickly. What had been a week or two for a book at the beginning ended with couple days for a novel.


миродержец

Ссылка на сообщение 21 мая 2017 г. 06:41  
"The temptation of Saint Anthony" by Flaubert is not only beautiful, it is very erudite, you can learn  about ancient religions and Christian sects, and in the description of these sects you can find ideas for writing fantasy.


авторитет

Ссылка на сообщение 22 июня 2017 г. 22:22  
I plan to re-read the book as soon as released in this series there are 3-4 more books.
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¡El manga y el animé ruso con licencia nunca en mi vida lo reconocen! Solo el original japonés...


философ

Ссылка на сообщение 20 января 13:45  
Right now I'm reading "Places in the darkness" by Chris Brookmyre. It depicts the interactions between the future tech and society.
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