Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Language in Translation

One of the great things about having taken Greek and Latin is that they are languages that teach one to look for the verb in a sentence and worry more about case than word order. This provides a significant advantage learning German, which I will need not only to pass my translation exam for graduate school but also to read probably significant amounts of Plato scholarship.

My reading in German is progressing fairly rapidly-- although we have to learn about 200 vocabulary words per week which is proving to be an insane task. I am certainly glad that I took this class. However, I wonder if my approach to translating will hinder my efforts in learning to speak German someday.

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