Harry Potter books to improve English

David Bosch   Tuesday, July 01, 2003, 00:47 GMT
Sorry, 'it has really helped me'*
Rock   Sunday, July 06, 2003, 20:41 GMT
Harry Potter turned out to be a great read. It suits anyone at any age. My granma reads it and she enjoys it thoroughly.
David Bosch   Monday, July 07, 2003, 00:47 GMT
Yes, I used to think any person would like Harry Potter, until I discovered not when my mother told me it was a bit childish. :( I don't think so at all.
abcd   Monday, July 07, 2003, 06:55 GMT
Harry Potter may seem childish as long as you haven't read it. After reading it you realize that's for any age. That's magic !
Erwan   Tuesday, July 08, 2003, 20:15 GMT
My English teacher made some copies of 'Harry Potter''s pages and asked us to find any English words and sentences we knew. That was great ! we all found a lot of words due to the fact that most of us had read the book in French and had seen the movie as well.
zambi   Wednesday, July 09, 2003, 23:53 GMT
I was reading the last Harry Potter in M├ętro. A man who had not read anything of Harry potter asked me about it and began to tell me that's stupid to read such books and he added that there is a ban on their sale in Australia and so far and so forth. I couldn't beleive him. So, I'm asking the Australian visitors of this forrum whether it's true.
Simon   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 06:38 GMT
I haven't read a Harry Potter book but I started the first one. The language seems quite good. The advantage of this kind of book for non-native speakers is that you're already interested. If your enthusiasm can inspire you to read several hundred pages of English then so much the better.
zambi   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 06:40 GMT
Simon
Are you Australian ?
Nora   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 06:48 GMT
simon, are you kiding. harry poter books are only for children. i accept with enthusiazm the first one. but after the second i get bored from all that stuff called harry poter. it's book for boy written by woman which i found an awful combination. as i said let men write for men... how does they feel. but woman? what do you think 'baut that. i'm lazy to push capital letter. :)
Simon   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 06:54 GMT
But kids need to learn English too! I'm saying that if someone wants to read them, it can't do their English any harm.

A good tip for reading is: read a book translated into English from another language. Usually the text is slightly simplified and idioms are reduced. For example, try reading a translation of Cervantes' 'Don Quixote'.

No a book for boys written by a woman is perfect. It is the classic combination: feed me, clothe me, write me a story.

Try reading... Bridget Jones?
Nora   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 10:26 GMT
No I don't think so. just find that finally harry potter will die. and that means that j.k.rollins will steal the kid dream. how can she explain to little fens that harry potter is product of her fantasy and he even doesn't exist. she makes money. and that is the reason to write 3 - 4 -5 books. first - ok. . .
i think that she makes more money with toys and all that stuff more than her books.
look mattel and other .. . .
it is like new wave. because it is modern. after two three years i think that nobody will reminds about j.k.rollins. what do you think about that apart from that that she is brit.
Simon   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 10:31 GMT
Yes but everyone has to make money. I admire her as a business woman and yes maybe because she's British and famous. It's only a story. She's just selling dreams, like the whole of the entertainment industry - from films, music and books to drugs and pornography.

We are not able to build a perfect society because basically people aren't nice and want to win while otrhers lose. My local bookshop is full of the latest Harry Potter. People only rushed at the beginning to have something unique.
Nora   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 11:18 GMT
simon,
does it sale good or not any more.
she makes more money because she is clever and exploatate the idea of harry potter. but i just wonder what is harry potter - just product of adveritsenet. and nothing else. do you agree. I find that some images are very scematics and even harry potter in some moments in very scematics.
are you registered in pal talk. i seek for your name. there is only one simon, but perhaps it is not you. (if you don't like to answer to me.. never mind).
we are included in europa 2 forum - and i heard kurre and ray yesterday. we have had a long conversation.
Simon   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 11:33 GMT
No - I'm not registered in Paltalk. Not my cup of tea, really.

I have seen the two films, which I liked. However, I admit I don't know what all the fuss is about.

I like Susan Cooper, who is another woman who wrote for boys, and her Dark is Rising series of books. Those - in my oh so humble opinion - are well written.
Nora   Thursday, July 10, 2003, 13:24 GMT
hey simon,
you don't know how interesting is there (it's piece of cake, really).
You are right.
But I saw some false in that. (something about Harry Potter)... Don't know how to explaine. In one moment the image stopped to be live but only scematic.
Look like owmen writing I like Jane Austin - "Proud and prejudices", Emili Bronte and Sharlot Bronte. (my lovely image is Heatklif (sorry for bad misspelling).
They are OK.
But Harry Potter is for children. may be a little bit growing up children (like you - just kiding, don't get angry).