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12:20 AM
@NewTopicChallengeSuggestion Wait, Tündér Lala has an English translation? I didn't know that. I thought it only had a German and French translation.
I like Tündér Lala personally. That said, among the children's books, Abigél is more famous, both because it's better written and because there's a TV film adaptation made of it with screenplay by Szabó Magda herself. Abigél the book has translations to French, German, Romanian, Italian, Latvian, but I don't know if there's an English translation.
And the TV film is made with very good actors too.
@b_jonas Also translations to Czech and Polish. Abigél may be more well-known than the adult books in fact.
@AlduinTheKhajiitiNord Shakespeare has translations to a lot of languages, and some of them are better than the originalis. You may want to find some of those translations.
@AlduinTheKhajiitiNord You could also start with books whose prose is easier to read than Shakespeare (that would cover just about all of in English literature I think). Isaac Asimov or the Harry Potter books with their straightforward language are good for reading in original.
12:50 AM
It looks like Abigél has an English translation published in 2020. Good luck getting access to that.
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8:40 AM
@AlduinTheKhajiitiNord If you are looking for books that are easier to read, you can start with graded readers (see Language Learning Stack Exchange) and the suggestions I collected on my own website.
@AlduinTheKhajiitiNord If you want to expand your vocabulary through reading without constantly looking up words in a dictionary, the strategy you need is extensive reading (or "reading for pleasure"). This requires that you choose books in which you already understand at least 95% of the words, so you can guess the meaning of new words based on context.
9:03 AM
@Tsundoku Wait, there's a language learning stack exchange separate from ell.stackexchange.com ? Somehow I didn't know this.
9:51 AM
@b_jonas Indeed. I am a mod on that site :-)
I don't know how I didn't notice that site before.
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