Hey fellas, I hope your Saturday is well :) I noticed that our nature has been to the extreme lately, let’s pray that it will pass soon…
So today I will share an #EngTrivia on philosophical books written in English, do you know what they are?
Philosophy is a set of ideas or the study about how to do something or how to live; also about knowledge, truth, nature of life.
Don’t worry, I won’t be discussing anything serious tonight :)
Lately I have been reading those and here I want to share my experience.
As I have mentioned during the 3rd Anniversary tweets, some, even most philosophical books were not originally written in English.
You can find the 3rd Anniversary tips on Reading here: http://ow.ly/tEAXI
So automatically it is a translated book hence it was translated to the nearest meanings.
Most non-native speakers would have difficulties reading it, yet it turns out even native speakers also have difficulties.
Reading a philosophical book or even its extract is like reading a literature.
It’s like reading a poetry, or a Shakespeare text, even though it is using modern English language
Most of the time you won’t get what it’s written straight away, you have to break it down in order to understand it.
And from that, you would find out these thoughts/knowledge that you can apply towards your methodology of working, thinking, etc.
Or you could disagree with it completely.
Those who are planning to pursue studies abroad on theoretical, historical, philosophical studies, it seems this is one thing to expect of and you should be ready of :)
I am not discouraging instead I am encouraging you to do your best and be ready for what is ahead :)
Expect those long sentences, metaphors, the many comas and long paragraph. Remember, it was written in a different language.
Even in Indonesian language we tend to write longer, so when translated it tends to be longer than an English language sentence.
Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4U on February 15, 2014