lingua wrote:I don't know if you have the English version but they have a glossary of some of the Siclian terminology but I notice that isn't in my Italian verison so if you have any specific questions you could post them and I can see if there is any additional information.
I should start the second book myself. I had intended to much sooner but I'm easily distracted.
I don't have the English versions. But I have been reading the first one for the last 2 days, and I've only just got to 50% of the book. Given that I have 30 books by Mr. Camilleri I seriously doubt I'll make an appreciable dent in them in only four days. Having said that, a couple of years ago for the Super Challenge I decided to re-read two Stephen King books. The Stand and Salem's Lot in French. It was probably one of the best things I ever did to progress in French. The novels are long (especially The Stand) and the level of writing is not difficult, but it does reinforce a lot of vocabulary. It is the reason I'll probably never forget poubelle
(Trashcan Man). The other thing that helped was using the same author, because one person tends to express themselves the same way and repeat the same vocabulary. I'm hopefully that Mr. Camilleri will also express himself similarly for each book and reinforce the vocabulary I'm learning.
Since I'm planning "Extensive" reading, I'm not going to stress too much if I don't know a word as long as I get the point. I also have a gargantuan 3 novel set about Alexander the Great and one huge tome about Genghis Khan as well I want to complete.
I have all 8 seasons of Carabinieri, and I'm planning to use those for the "transcription" exercises. Also, I don't have any sub-titles for them, but my Italian conversation exchange partner said she would check my transcriptions against clips of the show.
I did a Listening Reading exercise a year or so ago where I watched a couple of episodes of Italian TV each night, or read an Italian book while listening to the English audio book. But that didn't get me as far as I wanted. I'm hoping drowning my brain in Italian will force it to swim or drown.