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My Reading List 2006
2. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
3. 改造野猪 - 白岩玄
4. lighthousekeeping - Jeanette Winterson
5. Ten Nights of Dreams/Hearing Things/Heredity of Taste - Soseki Natsume
6. The Beggar's Opera - John Gay
7. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
8. Princess Diaries 6 - Meg Cabot
9. Princess Diaries 7 - Meg Cabot
10. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
11. The Knight's Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer
12. Fortune's Slave - Fidelis Morgan
13. The Little Prince (re-read) - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
14. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
15. The Fellowship of the Ring (re-read) - J.R.R.Tolkien
16. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
"Why did you do all this for me?" he asked. "I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you."
"You have been my friend," replied Charlotte. "That in itself is a tremendous thing."
-Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
'Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider's web?'
'Oh, no,' said Dr Dorian. 'I don't understand it. But for that matter I don't understand how a spider learned to spin a web in the first place. When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle.'
i think that's kinda hard to answer. cos... like what Kazanko mentioned, every language is beautiful in its own way. There are things that another language cannot express, like Chinese and Japanese can say "Jia you!" or "Ganbatte!" but in English you can't 100% perfectly translate that. (You can't say 'add oil' or even if you say 'you can do it', it's really not the same still.)
but if not for comparing beauty, my favourite languages are English, Japanese and Italian. English, for me, is because , er, yeah I speak it, and I love love love <3333 English literature. It's like the language comes alive and hits you in unknown ways. =x
For Japanese, well.. other than JPop, I love the Japanese culture, so therefore, the language as well. I love how Japanese songs can paint hills and skies into pop tunes and ballads and various other types of songs, unlike, for example, Taiwanese boybands (no offense) who sing, "I love you, you love me," etc etc. For people like me who have not entirely grasped the language, on first hearing it sounds like those i love you you love me' tune but then when we really sit down and 'try' to translate (of course as mentioned there is no perfect translation), we realise they sing more than that! <3
For Italian, I feel that other than just plainly romantic (oh but they sound lovely in love songs!) I think to me it sounds really passionate (of course, different people see this passion in language differently, because it is really up to each individual to define). I fell in love with this language after listening to Josh Groban's songs and watching Roberto Benigni's films. (Only two films though.) There is a passion in Josh Groban's voice in his Italian songs, and when Roberto Benigni speaks of the bird in the forest etc etc, this one bird can be spoken of so passionately, so greatly, that it is no longer a bird, but a fascinating creature woven out of the passionate voice and beautifully magnificent words of Benigni in Italian. (:
wow i didn't mean to write such a long post. but yeah inconclusion there is no ONE/TWO/THREE/ANY NUMBER of language(s) that is/are the most "beautiful". After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder xP therefore i guess it's more of like, what's your favourite language. yeah. ^^;