Friday, 12 May 2000

Wanna be a polyglot

Listening to:

Brahms, sonata for clarinet and piano in E flat, op 120 #2. More of that beautiful Brahms clarinet music.

I’ve decided that I want to be able to read and speak more languages, and that I want to be much better at my existing second languages (French and Japanese). I don’t know how or when I will find the time necessary to do this, but at least now I have a goal in mind. I want to be able to read librettos published only in German, I want to read Virgil's Aeneid in the original Latin.

I got all enthused about the Aeneid by an interesting review of a book about it in the London Review of Books. Unfortunately, their web-site doesn’t have their full content online. Apparently this may change. All I can link to at the moment is the contents page from the relevant issue.