Truly translating Japanese

I said in my last post that I was going to resume reading Japanese and doing some translations, and that's what I've really been doing. I stayed up very late last night reading some text and trying to translate it, and it took a while, because while I can grasp the meaning, putting it into some type of sense into English takes a lot more brain action.

And today, when my ESL students were taking a test, I read more Japanese, and noticed that I really slow down and almost read between the strokes within the kanji. It's as if I become a microscope and really want to understand what I'm reading. Maybe that's what having reading problems in English is like for people who speak the language natively.

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