I really had no idea what to post. My mind was blank for days. And I haven’t finished Dark Matter yet, so it’s a no to review. You know those days, and it’s not for lack of motivation, I’ve been dying to write again! But about what? Like I said: blank.
Luckily I came across this tag on A Book. A Thought. and it was exactly what I was looking for! I’ve said this before but I’m a sucker for tags and I really like this one! So without further ado..!
♦ Where are you from, and what is your native language or languages? ♦
I live in Switzerland! A small country in Europe, which you’ve probably heard of in a mystery film, where the evil genius deposits all his money. Switzerland has four national languages (German, French, Italian, Romansh) but I live in the German speaking parts so I speak German. And what we usually speak when not in school or at work, is Swiss German. You could say it’s German with a specific dialect but if you’re from Germany, you’re not going to understand us. And every canton in Switzerland has a different dialect so sometimes we don’t even understand ourselves. Switzerland is a small but interesting country, my dears.
Although I was born in Switzerland, my parents are from Ethiopia so my mother tongue is Amharic. This is what we speak at home.
Since French is one of our national languages, we learn that in school so I do speak French, too. Not as well as German, though. I wish. I just don’t use it as much.
Obviously I also speak English. We learn it in school, too, but I’ve always had a fascination with it and nowadays I use English just as much as German or my mother tongue, so I do speak English fluently.
♦ In what languages do you read books? ♦
English, because that’s the language most of the books I’m interested in are written in. Of course, if a book is originally in German, I’ll read it in German. If it’s originally French, I’ll attempt it but if it’s too difficult I might read a translated version.
♦ Are there book blogs, booktubers, bookstagrammers in your native language? And if so, what is the community like? ♦
I’m sure there is a German community. There’s probably a Swiss one, too. I’m just not very involved in them, so I can’t really speak on them. I am trying to be more involved, though!
♦ If there is a blogging community in your native language, why did you decide to join the international one? ♦
Like I said, most of the books I read are in English and I share my love of books through Goodreads, and I only know a handful of people in my life who use Goodreads and nobody who blogs. So being part of the international community just came naturally.
♦ Are there any struggles or challenges for you as a non-native English speaker? ♦
I have to say language-wise, not really. However, it sucks not living in a place where the blogging/book community isn’t big. Events, ARCs, libraries, etc… This is for another post, though.
♦ How do you get hold of English books? ♦
Luckily, our libraries and bookstores offer a large variety of English books, so that’s not an issue. However, our prices are pretty high and sometimes I buy my books online on bookdepository.
♦ What is the best thing about being part of the international community? ♦
Meeting all these different people from all over the world and having interesting discussions. Different backgrounds, different points of view come together! I love finding new blogs and seeing blogs I’ve been following for a while grow! I even feel a bit proud!
♦ Do you follow or watch other international booktube channels or blogs? ♦
Blogs of course! I’m thinking about making a “Blogs I Follow” page on my blog so you can see who I read and enjoy! Booktube channels I really only watch bookswithemilyfox. She has a pretty similar taste in books and I love her videos!
If you’re international, please do this tag as well! Consider yourself tagged by me! 😉 I can’t wait to read your answers!
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