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Ismeme Granger
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 Message 2305 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 12:26am | IP Logged 
Kerrie(or anyone, really), do you know if there are very many good Spanish learning(or
reading practice)
books for the Nook(preferably free or cheap. I'm just about broke)?

When you place language learning materials before new clothes and even food.

Edited by Ismeme Granger on 11 May 2012 at 12:42am

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espejismo
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 Message 2306 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 12:48am | IP Logged 
Kerrie wrote:

Get a Kindle. or a Nook. or whatever e-reader they have where you're at. =)


I have an iPad, but whenever I'm in Moscow, I spend many hours in public transport, and I wouldn't feel safe
taking it out in certain parts of the city during late hours. I also have a major problem with dropping expensive
electronics. I will look into e-readers, though. They're not as flashy and harder to break, it seems.
I think they won't allow me to take that HP5 tome on board. It looks like a weapon! lol
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Ismeme Granger
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 Message 2307 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 12:54am | IP Logged 
espejismo wrote:
Kerrie wrote:

Get a Kindle. or a Nook. or whatever e-reader they have where you're at. =)


I have an iPad, but whenever I'm in Moscow, I spend many hours in public transport, and
I wouldn't feel safe
taking it out in certain parts of the city during late hours. I also have a major
problem with dropping expensive
electronics. I will look into e-readers, though. They're not as flashy and harder to
break, it seems.
I think they won't allow me to take that HP5 tome on board. It looks like a weapon!
lol


HP5 as in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Yeah, if I weren't such a
Potterhead, I'd worry about the size of that book. It's something like 870 pages long,
I think.

When you can't wait to be proficient enough in Spanish to be able to read the HP
series(even though they translated Neville's toad, Trevor, as a turtle. Or was it a
tortoise?)
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Kerrie
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 Message 2308 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 1:08am | IP Logged 

when you carry around your Kindle with 250 different books on it, in more than a dozen languages. Because who knows what you'll be in the mood for later?
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espejismo
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 Message 2309 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 1:11am | IP Logged 
Ismeme Granger wrote:


When you can't wait to be proficient enough in Spanish to be able to read the HP
series(even though they translated Neville's toad, Trevor, as a turtle. Or was it a
tortoise?)


In Spanish, they seem to use "tortuga" for both turtle and tortoise. We do the same in Russian.

This reminded of something... In the third book, there's a part in which Hermione complains after the
Transfiguration exam that the teapot she was supposed to turn into a tortoise looks more like a turtle. The
Spanish translation switches them around: she complains that her "tortuga" looks more like a "galápago"
(tortoise).
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Kerrie
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 Message 2310 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 1:13am | IP Logged 
Ismeme Granger wrote:
Kerrie(or anyone, really), do you know if there are very many good Spanish learning(or
reading practice)
books for the Nook(preferably free or cheap. I'm just about broke)?


I don't know about the Nook - I have a Kindle. Well, three of them, actually. But there are pdfs all over the internet, and I think the Nook reads pdfs, right?

You can also download a PDF creator and print websites (news articles, wiki articles, fan fiction, almost anything) to a PDF file and put it on your reader.


Edited by Kerrie on 11 May 2012 at 1:13am

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Ismeme Granger
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 Message 2311 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 1:15am | IP Logged 
Okay, so the original word was the same for both turtle and tortoise, but because the
Galapagos islands have so many different and unique varieties of tortoises, there is a
special word in Spanish for a Galapagos tortoise(galápago)? Do I have that right?

When you don't find it at all weird that you are discussing the origins of the word for
tortoise in Spanish with a native Russian speaker.

Edit: Yes, I had to look it up, but Nooks do read PDFs. Great idea! *gets ready to get
Spanish PDF files on to my Nook...and quite possibly things from other cool languages,
even if I don't plan to study them...*whistles innocently*

Edited by Ismeme Granger on 11 May 2012 at 1:18am

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espejismo
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 Message 2312 of 3740
11 May 2012 at 1:56am | IP Logged 
The Spanish named the Galápagos Islands after the Spanish word for tortoise, which at the time was
'galápago'. Now they seem to use 'tortuga' regardless of whether the 'tortuga' in question dwells on land or in
water, but I guess people still understand the distinction being made by the use of 'galápago'? I'm not exactly
sure. Maybe someone who knows Spanish better can correct me.

...when you enjoy discussing things like this.

Edited by espejismo on 11 May 2012 at 4:22am



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