I have a new guilty pleasure–or should I say, un nuevo placer culposo. It masquerades as a virtue, which is why I feel guilty. I’m pretty far gone, but public confession may yet save me, so I’ll give it a try.
I, a middle-aged woman with much better things to do, have been binge-reading Harry Potter Book Six…for the fourth time. In Spanish. So I get to call it Spanish practice and feel good about myself.
But really, I’m just binge-reading Harry Potter because…shh…I love it.
Of course that’s not my only form of Spanish study. I have a couple of textbooks, a DVD, and a group of friends with the same earnest desire to converse without undue embarrassment with the many Spanish-speaking folks in our little community. We meet regularly to go over our exercises and hold stilted conversations. I love my little practice group, but the Harry Potter idea –I have no desire to share that with anyone.
Just give me Harry Potter Y El Misterio del Principe (all the titles are different), my Google Translate, and pen + paper, and I can lie on the couch for HOURS, reading aloud to myself as though I were my own ten year-old.
Why Book Six? Well…heh…I figured I’ve re-read Books One through Five so VERY often that they wouldn’t prove enough of a challenge, being engraved in my brain and all. And I gave myself a binge-read of Book Seven (in English) for Christmas.
Hi, my name is Gretchen, and I’m a Potterhead. (¿Soy una Pottercabeza?)
The bad news is, I love this “practice” so much, it’s pushed aside most of my other reading. And at my few-pages-per-hour pace, I’m falling a bit behind my own reading list.
Also, my Spanish muttering is keeping my Mate awake.
The good news–I’m learning a TON of vocabulary! Now if I can just find someone in town who wants to discuss varitas magias (magic wands)…
Y ahora, discúlpeme, pero tengo que practicar.
Oh my gosh, Gretchen. I came out of my self-imposed social media ban (20,000 words to go and 8 weeks till deadline) when I read your post title in my inbox. This made me laugh out loud. I’m reading through the series again with my boys…in English. But I can’t think of a better way to practice Spanish. Ingenious, lol!
Sorry to be an agent of temptation, Michelle! OK, enough chat–let’s get back to work. 🙂
Um, there is no shame in reading Harry Potter in any language. Fly the Potter flag proudly!
And when you’re done with the Spanish, check out the British audio versions, narrated by Stephen Fry. They make getting stuck in traffic a lot more fun. 🙂
So I’ve heard! I’ll add that to my list.