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Message 9 of 1114 December 2013 at 6:45pm | IP Logged
See this wikia article, including the links at the bottom.
And here's a thread about 1st person books.
One more factor is your familiarity with the culture, whether real or fictional. Reading L2 books taking place in L2 culture sounds great in theory, but I find that familiar cultures make me feel more comfortable amidst all the unknown words, and it can be easier to tell if I just don't know the word/grammar or it's something cultural. This was what finally helped me start reading in German - a book translated from Finnish. Fictional cultures (HP, LOTR...) only have this effect if you already know them, rather than are discovering them via L2. So I love reading books translated from Finnish or Russian (I own some in German, Italian, Spanish, e-books in Croatian, Polish and Belarusian, audiobook in Romanian).
Of course it's great to learn the L2 culture through L2 books, but I find it's better to do that when you're already comfortable with the language.
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Message 10 of 1115 December 2013 at 2:13am | IP Logged
Thanks for the advice. I am currently reading a translated novel but I won't tamper with
any dictionaries until I begin my second go around the book. In hopes this book should
take a week to finish, I believe I have the patience to reread it.
I will have to try the e readers, as I have a mild aversion to reading books from a
tablet. It's difficult for me for attempt reading Korean from the internet. Print helps
me catch overlooked words for whatever reason.
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Message 11 of 1115 December 2013 at 9:55pm | IP Logged
Reading books may be a problem. A book for language learning should be written in
contemporary and relatively easy language. I believe it is not necessary to look up
every unknown word. You can guess a lot from the context and you can skip some words,
because they are not necessary for understanding (for instance, one does not know
exactly the names of flowers or trees etc.)
I would read some parts intensively, I mean here I would look up every word. If you
have a frequency dictionary (or frequency marks in a common monolingual dictionary),
learn the frequent words. The less frequent words do not learn intentionally. You can
memorize the words and you can read these parts of the book several times (not the same
day, of course). In other parts of the book you can read without dictionary. Or look up
only some word. The more frequent ones or those necessary for understanding.
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