Comment le Grinch a Volé Noël! – #BookBloggerHop

Posted August 25, 2017 by Amber in Memes / 15 Comments


I am not fluent in French.

I can say useful things like “Ou est les salle de bains?” and “J’adore la pamplemousse!“.  I know that le singe is monkey and l’hiver is winter and yes, most the basic high school level stuff.  I am not fluent enough to read a book in French.

Save one.

Which brings me to today’s Book Blogger Hop!

Have you ever read a book written in a foreign language you might be fluent in, and then read the same book in English?


Why yes, yes I have.

I don’t seek out books in other languages because as much as I would like to be, I’m simply not multilingual.  NOT YET.

One of my friends is incredible.  She’s fluent in English, German, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and I think more.  She is wonderful.  I don’t know where she puts all those words, but I am both envious and proud of her.

That’s not me.  I’m over here saying, “Il pleut.” in poor, broken French.

I’m not really sure what my mother was thinking when she bought me How the Grinch Stole Christmas in French.

It is DELIGHTFUL though.

I’ve read it cover to cover, a couple times.  If I want to supplement my French, this is the PERFECT book for me.  I read it so many times when I was volunteering in my school’s kindergarten class that I still have it memorized.  When I come across a word in French I’m not sure about, I can cross-reference.

grinch max sewing doing things

Hey guys, I never said my multi-lingual reading experience was impressive.  It’s just THERE.

As always, the Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addict.

Speak to me, my lovelies!

Can you speak a second language?  Third, fourth?  What are your opinions of les pamplemousses?  How many books in foreign languages have you read?


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15 responses to “Comment le Grinch a Volé Noël! – #BookBloggerHop

    • The familiarity has helped a lot. At the same time, though, I believe that if you can translate about 50% of the sentence, you could contextually figure out the whole story. There are a lot of books – children’s book in particular – that will not be translated into other languages, so you get to read stories you may not be otherwise able! That’s wonderful!

  1. Oh, this would be such a fun book to read in another language! We have a bilingual kid’s first words book but that’s about it. I would love to get some books like the Grinch in other languages 🙂 Great answer!

  2. hoardofbooks

    I cannot seem to grasp other languages… I know a couple pf words in french and spanish, and I can count to five in french. That’s it. Nothing else… It’s really not impressive.

    • That’s okay! I remember in high school, the French teacher taught us a story to remember 1-5 in French as well… I think if I lose my grasp on all the rest of it, I’ll remember at least that much! 🙂

  3. Haha! How cool is that! Now you’ve made me want to run out and buy a Spanish copy of Green Eggs and Ham so I can memorize that one in Spanish. 🙂 I admire people who are fluent in multiple languages. I have very little talent with languages, I’m afraid, and my years of Spanish in high school and college didn’t stick with me much.

    I hope you have a great weekend! Thank you for sharing, Amber.

    • Amber

      Me too, I’m working on it! I don’t want to lose the little French I know, so I regularly use an app called Duolingo to brush up. I love it! I highly recommend the app to anyone who wants to try and learn a foreign language!

      The bilingual is still amazing though. I really think everyone OUGHT to know two languages. Here in the States, we can be a bit stuck up about English, and it’s a shame because other languages and cultures are so beautiful.

    • Amber

      I know, right? Start with things at a lower reading level NOT BECAUSE we aren’t brilliant, beautiful people, but because that’s a good place to start. Tolstoy in French as a first book would be a nightmare!