Yes, I’m one of those people who make New Year’s Resolutions. I usually start my list sometime in mid-December, but I make it a point to write a written “official” list on January 1st. On top of the list is always to stop biting my nails, a habit I haven’t been able to break since elementary school, followed by standard healthy-eating and exercise goals. This year I had a pretty specific one: Read the first Harry Potter book in Spanish. I know that for me personally, the best way to expand my vocabulary in English is to read, so I’m confident I’ll expand my vocabulary significantly by reading in Spanish as well. Plus, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a book I know pretty well, so I won’t be stumbling over the plot or characters and I’ll be able to focus more on the language.
Yesterday, I headed out to Poblado to walk around and go to the enormous Santa Fé Mall. As I walked by Panamericana, an enormous office supply/book store, I was reminded of my resolution and walked in. Scanning the YA section, I found a whole shelf of JK Rowling books, but no Sorcerer’s Stone. I asked an employee if they had more stock and he laughed, and told me no. I get the impression that book is often sold out. So I headed to another book store in the mall, same thing. I went to a third book store, and yet again they had 6 out of 7 Harry Potter books available, but not the one I wanted.
Clearly I am not meant to read this book. Perusing the YA section for a replacement, I found a cheap copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Recently, I re-watched the film in French and was happy to understand most of what they were saying, despite my abysmal French skills. So I’m confident I’ll be able to read the book in Spanish, a language I’m actually half-decent at.
New Year’s Resolution: Read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in Spanish.
Already after reading chapters 1 & 2 I’m learning so many new words! I’m hoping to finish the book by the end of March. Maybe by then I can write a blog post about the experience in Spanish.